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Yanet Olivares

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2000

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply,
Back to work,
Starting Solids

Language Spoken

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

With my first son, I experienced many challenges, such as unnecessary 48 hours of separation, formula, and lots of bad advice. I was so determined to breastfeed that once I was allowed to have the baby with me, I stopped using formula immediately and, despite a lot of challenges at the beginning, I was able to breastfeed for 4 years. My daughter was born 5 years later and with no challenges, more support, and previously-earned experience, we were able to breastfeed for almost 4 years too. My grandson, who is 3 and a half years old, is currently breastfeeding.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

What most excites me about being an IBCLC is supporting mothers as they reach their goals, and especially watching their faces when they get their babies attached and they start enjoying the experience.

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

At home, hospital setting, Telehealth

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My family includes my 2 children, 1 grandson, husband, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law.

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and sharing with my family and friends.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

Certification on Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Pediatric, Community-based Mother-to-Mother Support Programs, Management and Operation of the Human Milk Bank

What state do you reside in?

Oregon

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

After the unnecessary challenges I experienced during the first few days with my son, I knew I needed to support women on the art of breastfeeding, so I started volunteering as a La Leche League Leader in 1992, and co-founded the organization in the Dominican Republic. Later, I found out that to reach the underserved population even more and be able to work as a team with healthcare providers I needed to go one step further.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I became an IBCLC to open the doors to reach more mothers and babies in a country where the credential did not exist. As a La Leche League Leader, I was able to support mothers by attending meetings and by phone. However, I found out that more was needed, especially being available right from the start, such as in hospital settings. For that, I needed the credential, so I obtained it in 2000.

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

Follow your heart, you are the one that knows your baby and yourself. If help is needed, you are not alone. Feel free to contact anytime, anywhere.
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