I became a Registered Nurse with the intention of eventually becoming a nurse midwife but very early in my career I discovered that I loved helping new mothers become comfortable with breastfeeding their babies. Even before I had my own children (4, including a set of triplets), I wanted to learn more about how to make breastfeeding something that worked well for both mother and baby.
I've been an IBCLC* since 1989, and have been fortunate to have worked as a nurse and lactation consultant in a wide variety of settings, including hospital postpartum units, as a home-care agency nurse, in a freestanding birthing center, with home birth families and in my own private practice as a lactation consultant. I have years of practical experience and I also work hard to stay current with the latest information and research about human lactation. There's a lot of science and a lot of art in this field, and I always try to balance the two in my work.
When I meet with you, I will listen to your story and your goals for your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. I do not have a personal agenda to impose on you regarding how you choose to feed your baby; I will give you information about options so you can choose those which best suit you and your circumstances. I am there to offer you information, suggestions and support to help you achieve your goals.
The first rule is always "feed the baby". If your baby is not eating enough, we'll develop a plan by the end of the first visit to make sure he or she will get adequate nutrition. If your milk supply is low, we can begin to work on building your supply immediately. Pain and nipple trauma can often be quickly resolved. Skilled help and, when appropriate, use of products such as effective breast pumps can help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
* International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) have years of experience and study and have passed a rigorous exam to achieve certification.