Updated: Oct 8, 2020
As a wife and a mother to three young boys, I was caught off guard each time I brought a new baby home. From sleepless nights, to painful breastfeeding, transitioning into having a toddler and a baby, and struggling with my mental health; each child came with their own set of new challenges. Through all of these experiences, I have come to understand how breastfeeding can impact all areas of your life, especially with your mental wellbeing.
As a lactation consultant I spend a lot of time on breastfeeding specific issues; I also like to speak truth about everything you may be experiencing postpartum.
My clients are often searching for answers, and feeling very lost within their journey of parenthood. My main priority is to make sure they feel heard and understood, and to provide a sense of calm in the midst of their chaos. I provide my clients with tools to equip them in a way that will better themselves and support their mental health.
I completed my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on infant development from Bowling Green State University in 2013. From there, I became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) in 2016. After helping breastfeeding families for four years, I became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019. My main passion and strong suit is regarding the knowledge of lip/tongue ties and improving my clients mental health and wellbeing.
My past clients have often complimented me on the fact that they feel very comfortable in sharing their struggles with me, and that I am not afraid to dive into deep, vulnerable, and raw conversations about the reality of having a new baby. I take a holistic approach within my business, and I make sure that I make the parents as much of a priority as their babies. I treat all of my clients respectfully, and I cast no judgement regarding anything in their situation. My main goal is to help my clients feel empowered, and to do what is right for them as an individual, and the family as a whole.
I believe the best care comes from someone who is open minded and continually willing to learn. I would be honored to come alongside you and your family, to meet your needs, and to give you insights and knowledge in order to help you and your family succeed and flourish, and to better your family as a whole.
Becoming a mother is a lot, sometimes breastfeeding is not enjoyable for you, you may not be bonding with your baby like you thought you would, or your marriage is more challenging with the family dynamics changing. It can feel like your loving your child so much but you just want away from them, not feeling like yourself, sex hurting for way longer than you expected, or feeling socially isolated. The list goes on and on.
Let’s open the dialogue and talk about these things. So often we think we are alone, but I can tell you after six years working with postpartum mothers, you are NOT alone in what feel like undesirable feelings.
My passion for supporting families during this vulnerable stage of life really sparked after having babies of my own and having an incredible woman as a support in my life, I don’t know where I would be without her non-judgmental, genuine, and loving guidance. I don’t want anyone to enter motherhood without having access to the same valuable support.
Breastfeeding can be so hard. Packing your baby up and walking your sore postpartum body, diaper bag, and car seat to see a lactation consultant can be a challenge. I love being an in home lactation consultant and able to support families in their home where they are comfortable and never have to get out of their pajamas.
Northwest Ohio Lactation Services, LLC
419-314-4752 (text option)