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Teddie Genter

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2020

Special Interests

NICU, Special Needs/Weight Challenges,
 Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)

Language Spoken

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

I have been continuously breastfeeding now for over a decade! (Still breastfeeding my youngest child.) While I feel fortunate to have achieved this milestone, it has not been without challenges, frustrations, joy, and sometimes hilarity. Before becoming a mother, I was (and still am) a pediatric occupational therapist with a doctorate focused on mothering and resilience. I felt immense pressure to do everything “right.” My daughter almost immediately humbled me in this regard, when she decided to come a month early and we faced many breastfeeding challenges (including tongue tie, supply, weight gain, and reflux struggles) resulting in postpartum depression and anxiety for me. Those experiences (and subsequent more positive breastfeeding experiences) are a source of inspiration for me now when working with families.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I feel so privileged to be a small part of a family’s breastfeeding and parenting journey. I cannot think of a more productive and fulfilling way to serve others. I not only get to help babies and their parents in the present--- the fruit of that labor can also impact a baby and mother (and family and society) for a lifetime in many ways!

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

Supporting NICU graduates and infants with disabilities in early intervention, as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor, and in private practice, in homes, outpatient, community and telehealth settings.

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

I am a proud mama to four wild things! My two girls are 10 and 8, and my two boys are 5 and 3. 

My hubby is a college professor, but when we met, he was the barista at the coffee shop where I frequently studied. He still roasts and makes me coffee every day!

We have a dog, three goldfish, chickens, and apparently two stray cats that have adopted us.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Spending time with my family, reading/listening to audiobooks and podcasts and learning new things, taking care of my “plant babies”, exercising outdoors.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Doctorate (Occupational Therapy)-Dual Research and Advanced Clinical Practice Track, with 14 years of experience supporting families in feeding and pediatric and maternal physical and mental health. The families I have been privileged to serve and my children are my greatest teachers!

What state do you reside in?

Nebraska

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

While working as an infant feeding/occupational therapist, and also volunteering as a breastfeeding counselor, and hearing countless stories from families who wished that they could have breastfed their child with prematurity/disability, but did not feel that they had adequate support to do so.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

To play a small role in supporting parents to feel confident, informed and empowered in their breastfeeding journey.

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

Surround yourself with those that make you feel supported during this major life transition. Try not to dwell on unreasonable expectations, and at the same time, don’t be afraid to seek out help when you need it. You know and love your baby better than anyone else and are uniquely situated to raise your child in a way that makes sense for you and your family.

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