To say that I am passionate about breastfeeding is an understatement. For more than 20 years it has been the center of my life. I advocate, coach, speak, and even arm wrestle to educate people about the amazing power of breastfeeding.
While there are many studies about why mothers should breastfeed, I'm more interested in the intangible of WHY women breastfeed even when things are going horribly. I believe it's because mothering our babies and children through breastfeeding helps us to be stronger, compassionate and deeply loving people.
People describe me as resilient. I relish puzzles and patterns and I dwell in possibility. I use these qualities to gives you hope, help you to forgive themselves and empower you to solve your problems.
Becoming a Breastfeeding Superhero
I breastfed three exuberant offspring, including twins, who turned me on to the power of unconditional love. I found that breastfeeding fostered intimate knowing of my children. I didn't start out to be a breastfeeding superhero. It happened because I did everything possible to create a nurturing environment where breastfeeding was at the center of my mothering.
I lucked out in having support available when I needed it. Through a supportive combination of birth educators, Midwives, IBCLCs, La Leche League and the colorful community of New Paltz, NY, I nursed my kids for a combined total of 12 3/4 years. (I am counting the twins individually even though they mostly nursed together.)
As they grew, I became a La Leche League Leader and studied and became an IBCLC. I started a private practice in 2009 and have thrived on the combination of nurturing, educating and puzzle solving that comes with helping mothers and babies learn and master breastfeeding.
The Letters After My Name
I love to learn, though I prefer studying people, to merely reading books
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) 2010
- Certified Practitioner of Resonance Repatterning (RRP) 2009
- La Leche League Leader (LLLL) Leading in New Paltz, NY since 1998
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Alfred University
- I have studied Human Relations since the 1980's with Dale Carnegie Institute, Tony Robbins, La Leche League and others.
Here's what I am not:
I am not perfect. I am not a doctor or nurse, nor do I play one on a daytime TV show! I am not a psychologist or social worker. I'm not a model, or young anymore. I was not a very patient mom when my kids lived with me.
This is who I am:
I try to live my life in a joyfilled way, though I also cry a lot because there is so much awfulness in the world. I love being outdoors riding my bike, skiing, swimming and hiking mountains and I love helping moms navigate mothering, cooking big dinners and sharing them with my friends and my family.