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Tanya Johnson


Year of Certification


Special Interests

Back to Work
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)
Toddler/Tandem Nursing

Language Spoken


Please share anything you'd like from your own personal breastfeeding experience.

I have breastfed my three children for a total of 11.5 years, which included nursing through pregnancies and tandem breastfeeding.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

Expanding access to lactation care and empowering families to reach their breast/chest feeding goals

In what types of settings have you supported patients in lactation?

Home and hospital visits, office visits with the NM WIC Program, community outreach events, as well as phone and text support.

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My blended family consists of my partner, four teenage boys, and one small dog.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Community activism, reading, and supporting local artists in my state.

What state do you reside in?

New Mexico

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

My mother worked for the NM Dept of Health. As a teenager, I helped her organize World Breastfeeding Week events. In college, I was mentored by lactation advocates in the NM WIC Program, which led to becoming a breastfeeding peer counselor, then WIC Nutritionist, and eventually an IBCLC.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I became an IBCLC because I have a passion for public health advocacy and empowering families through support and education.

What do you wish you could tell every parent (that they would actually do) and why?

I wish to convey to new parents that they are the experts on their own families and that they can learn and grow together by combining love, ancestral knowledge, and evidenced-based support within their communities.