I’m a Mom, RN, and Lactation Consultant
And not necessarily in that order. I got my start as an RN on a busy labor and delivery floor. I have spent many hours helping new moms learn foundational skills to feel confident breastfeeding their infant. I am now a mother of two and have breastfed both of my children. My breastfeeding experiences were difficult and laden with issues that I needed support to overcome. As an experienced professional in the field, I felt completely overwhelmed. It made me wonder what the average family leaving the hospital with no experience or specialized education must feel. Through the much needed support of a fabulous lactation consultant who has since become a mentor to me, I was able to overcome adversity and breastfeed both children over a year. The humbling experience of breastfeeding my own children sparked a desire in me to want to help new moms. My second child had severe infant reflux and at times I felt like I was drowning during her first year. The support I received helped keep our family afloat. I am now certified as and IBCLC. While I still practice as a bedside RN, I feel I have a calling to help mom’s transition into their new role. Breastfeeding, pumping, or even bottling are a large part of the foreign landscape new parents find themselves immersed in. I see my role best defined as a guide. Simply put, I help parents gain confidence in their innate ability to feed their babies.
SO, What is an
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is an individual that specializes in breastfeeding management. IBCLC’s are certified through a independently accredited board through a national exam. All IBCLC are required to complete comprehensive education credits along with accruing hands on clinical hours. All that is a fancy way of saying IBCLC’s have to do a lot of work to prepare us to serve mothers.
Why Use an IBCLC
Because we are fabulous! The majority of breastfeeding issues are common problems we see crop up time and time again. With a little help, generally most bumps in the road can be easily overcome. If you are a new parent, most of these issues are not common knowledge for you. But they are for us and we are more than happy to guide you through. Some breastfeeding issues are larger and require a more long term intervention to remedy. A lactation consultant can work collaboratively with your primary care provider formulate a plan and give you follow up support while you execute.
- WE HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR BREASTFEEDING GOALS
- WE IMPROVE YOUR BREASTFEEDING EXPERIENCE
- WE CAN COLLABORATE AND EDUCATE YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM
In Home Consultations
I come to you. We problem shoot any concerns you are facing in the comfort of your own home. This package will provide in depth hands on assistance along with an information packet and detailed written plan for you and your baby.
I provide an e-mail package for those of you who are looking for a professional to address your questions. A Skype session or phone call is included in this package along with a week of follow up correspondence.
Infant Reflux/Colic Package
Unhappy Baby? At your wits end? Born and Fed is here to help. Phone consult along with detailed custom plan to help you manage your baby’s reflux or uncontrolled crying. I will be there to help you get some answer and get relief for your baby.
Now an In Network Provider
I am now an in network provider for Independence Blue Cross. VERY SOON, I will be taking Aetna insurance as well! Your initial visit may be completely covered! Many Aetna policies cover up to 6 location consult visits. Check with your health plan. I also take payment via cash, paypal, or credit card.