Graduate of Cincinnati College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in 2010
Licensed to practice nursing in Ohio and Kentucky
Currently certified as Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Working at St. Elizabeth Hospital
What is an IBCLC?
An IBCLC is the only internationally recognized professional breastfeeding qualification. It is awarded by The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Before sitting for the IBCLC exam, candidates must demonstrate extensive clinical experience (1000 hours) and advanced lactation education (at least 90 hours). They must abide by Professional Standards and recertify every 5 years to ensure they are up to date. They use evidence based information and evaluation skills to address breastfeeding issues including complex situations, high-risk babies, oral assessment and more. This credential is the highest standard currently available.
Why Hire an IBCLC?
Breastfeeding is very rewarding and can form a strong bond between you and your baby. The first few weeks are crucial in helping determine your breastfeeding future. This is also an extremely exhausting and overwhelming time. Having 4 kids myself I know that it is not easy to bring home a new baby. Each of your children will breast feed differently. Sometimes you and your baby will take to the new experience with no issues, concerns or complication. However, this is not always the case. Most mom and baby dyads need to learn to work together to benefit both of them.
Here are just some of the many issues I can address:
Flat or Inverted Nipples
Sore Nipples or Painful Latch
Weight Gain Concerns
Oversupply or Undersupply of Milk
How To Stop or Start Supplementation
Tongue Tie (ankyloglossia)
Preterm and Late-Preterm Babies
Cleft Lip and/or Palate