After the birth of my first daughter 15 years ago, I was struggling to figure out how to breastfeed. A friend told me to call “this woman” to get some help. She handed me a card, and it read “Lactation Consultant”. I still can remember how happy I was to see her on my doorstep that very day!
I experienced firsthand, how a capable and compassionate lactation consultant could provide personal and amazing breastfeeding support! After she left my home, I decided that lactation consulting was the career for me! I was blessed to be living in Toronto at the time, and I went on to study at the world-renowned Jack Newman Breastfeeding Clinic. I trained for two years and worked as a resident for another year to earn my Diploma in Lactation Medicine from the International Breastfeeding Centre. At the clinic, I accumulated in excess of 3000 hours working with moms and babies, alongside leading expert pediatricians and senior lactation consultants in a variety of specialties. I was awarded The Jack Newman Award of Excellence For Clinical Excellence in the Study of Lactation Medicine. Once I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I was hired on staff at the Jack Newman Breastfeeding Clinic, where I worked for two years until we moved back to my home in beautiful British Columbia.
My knowledge of lactation and infant nutrition (I practiced as a Registered Dietitian for 16 years) provide a unique and valuable skill set, and these, coupled with my passion and breadth of experience, mark the heart of my practice. I am a mom to four beautiful children, all of whom I breastfed. Each of my breastfeeding relationships with my children were unique and taught me more than I could have imagined! I was so lucky to breastfeed my third and fourth daughters until they were almost 4 years old.
I acknowledge that being a mom is an exceptionally rewarding (often challenging) and empowering part of a woman’s life, and I am devoted to inspiring and supporting other moms with the knowledge they deserve to breastfeed and nurture their little ones.