Lactation Support Services

Florida Craniofacial Institute has added FREE lactation consultation services to our team in an effort to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. We are proud to welcome Mary Unangst as our Lactation Consultant.  Available appointments times are Fridays from 9 am – 12 pm.

This service is free but appointments are necessary.  To schedule, please call our office at (813) 870-6000.

Mary Unangst, Lactation Consultant, is committed to providing honest, research-based clinical lactation management and compassionate breastfeeding care to all Tampa Bay families. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with extensive experience in the community working with a full range of breastfeeding situations. Whether a mother has concerns about low supply, breastfeeding pain, low weight gain or return-to-work pumping routines, Mary’s knowledge can help.  Her goal is to empower mothers to reach their own desired breastfeeding goals.

Mary’s Story

My story begins with the pregnancy and birth of my first child six years ago. My labor ended in an unexpected cesarean that left me temporarily unable to move anything below my ears. I couldn’t get my son to the breast early and often and struggled with his latch for the first five weeks. I was grateful for the support of my husband, but also for the care and attention of the IBCLCs at the birth center who encouraged me and taught me how to get a deep latch. Once it all clicked, it was the best feeling-I was nursing my baby!

With that experience I became passionate about breastfeeding; I wanted to help other women make it work for them too. I became a peer mentor and eventually a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC). Further enamored with lactation and breastfeeding, I began my Bachelor of Science degree in Maternal and Child Health and pursued my IBCLC certification.

Once we moved to Tampa, I dove right into the breastfeeding community. I worked at the Department of Health for the Women Infant and Childrens Program (WIC). I also spent eight months interning in the lactation department at Tampa General Hospital. After I had my second baby (via VBAC-ask me about that!) I went on to graduate from Union Institute and University and passed my IBCLC exam.

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