My approach to helping families feed their baby is based on many years of experience and observation. My diverse background has given me insight to working with different cultures, traditions, socioeconomic, and professional statuses. I am fascinated with how much I learn while I continue to work with families. Each family is unique and I tailor my help based on this notion.
I became certified after working with the Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) Program in the Boston area in the early 90's providing nutrition education and breastfeeding education. Breastfeeding and breastmilk fascinated me then and it continues to now. It is an incredible dynamic experience that encompasses anatomy, chemistry, sociology, psychology and physiology. Breastfeeding is biological, babies and moms have the instinct to do it. Sometimes this instinct is shadowed and mothers may feel lost, confused or frustrated. I believe that any mother would benefit from meeting with a lactation consultant.
I earned my Master's degree in Nutrition Education in 1998 and I have been board certified by the International Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) since 2000. For 14 years, I had the opportunity to work in an office as a lactation consultant for the company Lactation Care, Inc. in Newton, MA. My experience there included one-on-one consultations for prenatal, breastfeeding, back to work, corporate lactation support, breastpump rentals and sales as well as assisting mother's with obtaining their breastpumps through their insurance. Lactation Care, Inc. was in business for 35-years and serviced over 50,000 families, taking pride in offering an evidence-based support system that worked closely with the families and their medical providers. I had the good fortune to work with other talented lactation consultants. We learned from each other, encouraged one another, working to accomplish the same goal, supporting families while complementing one another.
I model my practice with the same knowledge, care, and nurturing. I continue to educate myself regarding with the latest evidence based techniques to provide a skilled plan. This framework of compassionate care is tailored to each family.
My personal breastfeeding experience includes breastfeeding both my children, each one different from the other.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, knitting and yoga.
I am happy to travel and provide services to many areas in MA, for example, the South Shore, Greater Boston, Metro West, Sudbury, Needham, Wellesley, Milton, Canton, Worcester, Rhode Island and Connecticut (to name a few areas). Traveling is a fun part of the job and not a barrier to the service to I provide to you. I respond promptIy and look forward to meeting you and discussing your breastfeeding goals.