My journey to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant started in 1995, with the birth of my first biological child. While I grew up always thinking that I would breastfed and have no problems with it, when my son arrived, I quickly found that, like many moms, that would mean pain, tears and a lot of work. When I finally figured out how to attain a less painful latch, everything finally started to fall into place, and I found that the breastfeeding relationship was more than simply nutrition, but a tool that enriched my whole mothering experience. Soon afterwards, my friends began having their babies too, and I found that I wanted to be able to support and encourage them with their challenges and to achieve a happy breastfeeding relationship like I had with my son. After preparing for 3 years, in 2000, I became a volunteer breastfeeding support counselor. Eventually, an international move brought our family back to the Chicago area in 2010 where I earned my IBCLC Board Certification, and began working professionally as a Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula.
As a Postpartum doula, I find that what many new mothers need to meet their breastfeeding and parenting goals, isn’t just breastfeeding help, but an extra pair of hands and a listening ear. By supporting moms with running a load of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, holding the baby while she takes a nap or shower, mothers are refreshed and able to concentrate and connect with their little ones. I thoroughly enjoy helping families meet their parenting and breastfeeding goals in ways that are manageable, sustainable and above all, enjoyable.
I currently live in Evanston with my husband, 4 children (a tween, a teen and two adult children) and 2 kitties. I am a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, United States Lactation Consultant Association and Northern Illinois Lactation Consultants Association.