My daughter was unexpectedly born at 33 weeks, which definitely put a kink in our plan. We had a 4 week NICU stay, where she struggled to feed at breast & via bottle and the week leading up to our discharge, we were being counselled on how to put in an NG tube. Luckily that ultimately was not needed, and the week after discharge she began to thrive. We breast fed for over 3 years and in that time, we used a nipple shield for months, she had a major surgery, hospital stay, and a tongue tie release.
The most exciting thing about being an IBCLC is seeing the positive impact good lactation & infant feeding support has on the lives of parents. While many parents go through similar feelings, the fact that no two cases are exactly the same from a clinical standpoints creates variety, which I like.
I have support parents in home, Online & In the NICU as a support person.
I have an almost 7 year old daughter.
I love spending time with my daughter & family. I like trying new foods & I recently started rock climbing.
I have taken the Master class, the Structure & function course, & the rhythmic movement courses.
I knew I wanted to become an IBCLC in 2013 shortly after signing up for Doula training. The organization I trained with encouraged a breastfeeding class & once I learn about the mammary gland , the basics of how it worked & the impact infant feeding has on health, I knew I wanted to obtain the highest credential possible.
My journey is a bit unique because I knew I wanted to become an IBCLC before I had my daughter and I started the journey years before she was born. I fell in love with lactation science at first and then realized the amazing impact IBCLCs can make in the lives of families dealing with feeding challenges. After learning more about the field, I'd come to learn that not every IBCLC is a great provider & that many leave parents feeling judged. The desire to make sure more parents receive high quality, non-judgmental, "real-life applicable" guidance, certainly played a role.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about breastfeeding. My biggest piece of advice is to find one person you feel is knowledgeable on infant feeding/lactation & that you trust, so you have a consistent framework for information. You can then take any information that you feel will be helpful to you, your baby & your family and leave the rest. You are an expert on your baby; nobody knows them as well as you. Having a consistent source of information & support can help you not feel so overwhelmed and confused.