I've often thought about why I do what I do. After all, I made a very conscious choice to become an IBCLC — it's not the kind of profession you just kind of fall in to! What's really, really important to me is supporting moms in the kindest way I can, so that moms feel good both physically and mentally so their babies can be happy and healthy. I do this by taking the time to listen to what mothers have to say and by offering individualized solutions focused on mothers' lactation concerns.
When I was breastfeeding and was looking for help, I was frustrated to find judgment. I felt like I was a failure and a bad mother. No one wants to feel this way, especially as an exhausted and vulnerable new mother. Respect and empathy for every mama I work with is a given. I can honestly say that I have never met a mother who wasn't working hard at doing the absolute best she could. I want to support you. My goal is to build your confidence and work with your own goals so that you are successful, whatever success means for you.
I help mothers with such issues as:
Painful nipples and/or breasts
Uncomfortable latch/painful latch/difficult latch
Concerns about possible tongue tie and/or lip tie
Too much or too little milk supply or milk production
Baby’s low weight gain
Avoiding nipple confusion
Returning to work
Bottle refusal/bottle feeding
Breastfeeding with flat nipples
Difficulty nursing an older sibling
Breastfeeding after breast surgery
Unusual looking nipples and/or breasts
Babies born early
Transition to solid foods
Helping toddlers eat healthier foods
I work with each mother to find solutions that work for her and that she thinks are feasible.
At one of the most tender times of your life, you probably want lactation help and also want to feel accepted and heard. I offer gentle support through careful listening about what matters to you. I draw on a whole variety of approaches I've integrated over my fifteen-plus years working in lactation. Your preferences and needs guide the choices we make together.