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Tedra Stanley

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

NICU,
Over/Under Supply
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 was breastfed, I breastfed my two daughters, and they are breastfeeding moms to their babies, too! It definitely wasn’t always easy, with tongue ties, and flat nipples, and prematurity, but we had good support and were able to make it work.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

The opportunity to improve two lives and have a massively positive impact on their future health.

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

Outpatient, NICU, virtual

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

Husband, two daughters, one stepdaughter, six grandchildren, two cats, one dog, and a whole mess of chickens.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

Gardening, hanging out with my chickens, and crafting

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I am a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) with 20 years of experience taking care of families, especially Mamas and Little Ones.

What state do you reside in?

Texas

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I always used to say “if I wasn’t a Chiropractor, I would want to be a Lactation Consultant!” One day, I decided to make that dream come true, and now I predominantly work as an IBCLC.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I am passionate about breastmilk being the biological norm and the vastly superior source of nutrition for infants and beyond. I am passionate about breastfeeding for the emotional security it provides for babies and the bonding experience for moms. I want to help all moms who want to breastfeed do so with support and confidence.

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

Listen to your intuition. No expert or professional knows your baby like you do. If you don’t feel listened to or respected, find another provider. Always do what you feel is best for your baby. So many parents get intimidated by healthcare providers, and go against their own gut feelings about their child’s health. Find a provider who will listen to you and discuss options for your child’s care, not override you or push you into a decision.

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