Why Choose Me?
I have experienced it all. I have three children of my own, have embraced nine years of breastfeeding including; baby blues, engorgement, oversupply, cracked nipples, jaundice, plugged ducts/milk blebs, thrush, teething/biting, nursing strikes, tandem nursing, back-to-work pumping strategies. You name it. I worked as an OB Tech for 13 years at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. I became a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) in 2006. I helped mothers immediately following delivery with breastfeeding but it wasn't my primary role. It wasn't until I birthed my first in 2007 and nursed my own baby that I knew how incredibly empowering and special this experience really is. To look down at a well-proportioned baby after 3 weeks or 3 months of struggling and be over that hump, to have a smiling, thriving baby playing with your teeth or your hair and to know all this nourishment came from you, both in utero and beyond. In 2013, I started at Rush Copley Medical Center working as a Lactation Counselor, there I gained NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) experience and began helping mothers with breastfeeding as my primary role. I prepared for and successfully passed the tedious IBCLE (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) exam, a big deal; 1,000 clinical hours assisting mothers with breastfeeding and 90 hours of continuing education in lactation specific education, as well many pre-nursing degree courses. I continue to attend conferences in the latest evidence-based practices.
I would love to be your personal Lactation Consultant, your coach, when you need it most; weekends, evenings, after hours.
What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is an accreditation at the highest level of education and accomplishment professionally in the field of lactation. The IBCLE is based on education in the following areas; human anatomy and physiology, breastfeeding management, biology, pharmacology, infant growth and development, maternal health and nutrition, research, ethics, psychology, communication and counseling skills, medical documentation, universal safety precautions, and infection control. Re-certification is required every five years by exam or 75 hours of lactation-specific education.