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Theresa Hails

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2019

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Back to Work
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 am a mom of three, all of whom I breastfed. Currently still breastfeeding my youngest who just turned one! I started breastfeeding my now oldest not knowing very much and during that journey with her I learned a lot! It’s truly where my love for breastfeeding started. I understand and am empathetic to both the joys and difficulties that can come with the breastfeeding journey.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love being able to help not only guide, but empower families, on their lactation journey! I love being a part of the exciting moments when things are going well and improving, yes, but helping families find their voice in their journey, even in the difficult parts, is really what makes me love what I do.

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

In-hospital, NICU, outpatient

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband, Jake, and our three sweet girls - Reagan, Oaklyn & Gemma.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I love spending time outside with my family. You can find us out there most days, especially when the weather is nice! When I get a few moments to myself I love a good mystery novel and maybe some shameless binge-watching of old Grey’s Anatomy episodes.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

BSN, RN

What state do you reside in?

Pennsylvania

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

I knew I wanted to specialize in lactation after the birth of my first daughter. I was a labor & delivery nurse at the time and had helped moms with breastfeeding countless times, but never really knew all the work that went into that journey until I started it myself.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I truly became a IBCLC to help families feel confident in their lactation journey. I want to help them celebrate the successes and goals met, but I also want to walk alongside them through the bumps along the way. I want families to feel heard and listened to, making them empowered to feel like they have a voice in their feeding journey!

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

I want families to feel supported with absolutely no pressure. I want families to be able to ask for help or tell me when things aren’t working, knowing there is no judgment! This is your journey and I am here to make it the best one possible!

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