Lactation care and education should be universal. Women should have equal access to affordable care, knowledgeable providers and evidenced based information. Anthropological research has shown that across cultures and continents women have the same breastfeeding concerns and fears. The difference within cultures that have the highest breastfeeding rates, is knowledgeable people in the community that support new parents. By making breastfeeding education more accessible and normalizing the act of breastfeeding we can help remedy some of these difficulties. By rebuilding a supportive community for breast/chest/human milk feeding persons, we can cultivate a knowledgeable support structure for parents.
The education and skills I provide empower you and give you the reassurance and support needed to meet your goals.
My name is Jennifer and I am an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant). I started my career as a Registered Nurse in 2010, and two years later when I had my first child, I experienced many breastfeeding difficulties. I did not know about community resources available at that time or even that Lactation Consultants existed. When I had my second child, I heard about La Leche League and decided to go to a meeting when my child was a few months old. Those peer to peer support meetings changed my life and I wanted to continue helping people through the same difficulties I struggled with, so I became a La Leche League leader in 2014.
When my passion for breastfeeding research and counseling grew, I wanted to expand my knowledge and experience. I have breastfed 3 boys: an early term baby with a mouth to small to latch properly, a large baby who was hungry all the time and a baby with a posterior tongue tie. I have experienced sore nipples, painful latches, oversupply milk production, breastfeeding during and after cesarean birth, pumping, extended breastfeeding and returning to work. I wanted to use my experiences in a positive way to help others, so that no person has to go through this alone and without adequate information.
I am passionate about improving lactation and post-partum support, work conditions for those who pump, normalizing human milk feeding in our community, educating community members and businesses about how to make breastfeeding work for them, institutional change of birth and breastfeeding practices, and empowering women through evidenced based education and developing the necessary skills to breastfeed successfully.
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Aside from my personal experiences and struggles with breastfeeding I have clinical experience ranging from preterm to term infants. I have worked on a Mother/Baby unit helping those in the immediate post -partum period. I have worked with those immediately following a cesarean section. I have worked with NICU families both in the hospital setting and after discharge to help them with their breastfeeding goals. I have extensive experience with lactation counseling.
I attend annual and monthly conferences to stay up to date on evidenced based information. I work with other practitioners in the community regarding structure/function issues and TOTs (tethered oral tissues) to help families develop a collaborative approach to infant feeding.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Certified by IBCLE - May 2018
1000+ hours of clinical experience
Lactation Education Resources
Completed Certified Lactation Specialist program in May 2017 (90+ hours didactic)
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Bachelors of Science in Nursing - 2016
Northampton Community College
Associates Degree in Nursing - 2010