I've been a Registered Nurse since 2007 and have specialized in women's health and NICU nursing since 2009. I love many aspects of my work with mothers and babies, but have always been drawn to breastfeeding -- the relationships it strengthens, the science it continues to unveil, and the babies who benefit. In 2013, I became a Certified Lactation Counselor, and was inspired to pursue certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2015.
This busy world requires that many of us wear lots of hats, and like many of you, I'm also a daughter, a sister, a niece, a co-worker, a neighbor, and a writer. I continue to work at Cayuga Medical Center in the Cayuga Birthplace, and I'm privileged to witness the transformation ordinary women and men undergo as they become the newest families of the Finger Lakes region.
In addition to all of those other roles, though, I'm also a mom. The breastfeeding knowledge I had prior to having children of my own has only been enhanced by my personal experience breastfeeding my own two children. Please note, however: My experience is exactly that: mine. I recognize and respect the fact that each breastfeeding story is unique. I am here to help as you create yours, and tailor it to your family, your life, your expectations and hopes.
The early days and weeks with a new baby may be challenging. Or, things were going great, until...x happened. We can work together to make a plan that allows your story to unfold as seamlessly as possible.