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.