About the Face behind ICT Lactation
When I was little, all I ever wanted to be was a mom and a "baby doctor!"
I put my many dolls through a lot of practice procedures (saving them all!), perfecting my skills year after year. Through it all, I didn’t quite know how to make my dream
come true, however I did know that being a nurse was the answer. When I graduated from Wichita State University with my BSN, I began my career in adult ICUs. I loved was doing, practicing in the various ICUs for 6 years. Shortly before having our younger daughter, I invited into the world of teaching Childbirth Education, and I was hooked. While my love for instructing grew, my need to help other moms with their breastfeeding journey grew. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2016 and then sat for and passed my IBCLC boards in October of 2018. And here I am, doing all things baby and I couldn't be any happier!
When we had our first daughter, in 2011, I thought breastfeeding was supposed to be the easiest, most natural thing in the world. The reality, though, was that Sydney and I faced several challenges, including needing a nipple shield, nursing through tongue-tie, supplementing via a supplemental nursing system, and pumping in order to feed her exclusively with breast milk. We survived, we bonded and made it through, and she weaned at the age of 14 months.
Our second daughter joined our family in 2015 and I braced myself for what might be in store. But because of my previous experience, as well as further educating myself, this time I knew the available options. I used a breastfeeding clinic, Delaney and I met every challenge before us! We breastfed through her continued weight loss, a lot of supplemental pumping, supplementing via a supplemental nursing system, a tongue-tie and lip-tie, and slow weight gain. We, too, survived and she weaned at 16 months of age.
So, here I am, passionate about wanting to help YOU breastfeed your baby and make your goals happen, whether they are short term or long term!