I began the journey to providing lactation care after experiencing overwhelming breastfeeding challenges with my first child. I was so grateful to receive loving, skilled support from my local La Leche League Leaders, IBCLCs, and other nursing mothers. With their ongoing help, and with time and persistence, we made it through those early obstacles and went on to have a long and wonderful nursing relationship. A relationship I found to be one of the most rewarding of my life.
Wanting to help other mothers enjoy their own breastfeeding relationships, I became a La Leche League Leader in 2010. I began attending breastfeeding conferences, pursued additional education in the health sciences, attended the Southwest Clinical Lactation Education Program through ASU, continued my volunteer work with LLL, and by the time I faced some of those same early breastfeeding challenges again with my second child, I was on the verge of being credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Those challenges were much more easily overcome with the knowledge and experience I had from my years of helping other parents and babies, my lactation studies, and most of all from the lessons my first nursling taught me.
Breastfeeding has become one of the greatest passions of my life. I feel very fortunate to have received the support I needed when I was a new mother, and it is my equal fortune to support breastfeeding families in their journey now.