My first profession was as a Physical Therapist however after 10 years of practicing in all disciplines including Women's Health for many of those years, I came to realize and find my true passion, Lactation Consulting. It was through my sister's struggles trying to nurse premature babies that I initially realized my love for this profession and I wanted to get certified to help as many new and seasoned Moms as I could.
It wasn't until I had my own that I came to understand the real commitment it takes, the struggles you have and the desire to do your absolute best for these new little lives you are responsible for.
I have been a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009 and working to empower Moms and helping babies breastfeed since 2007. Together with my husband, I am the proud Momma of exclusively breastfed twin boys and a girl.
I feel like this is where the art of breastfeeding comes into play and is the key component of how I practice. I treat every home I go into like the sacred space it is. I try to create an open, respectful and relaxed atmosphere.
I feel my background as a PT and now as an IBCLC for 10 years has given me the superpower of really hearing parents and being able to meet them where they are. To be able to read them and figure out how they will learn best from me. My priority is finding out what their breastfeeding goals are so I can best educate and assist in terms that are sustainable and realistic for them. They will then be able to make educated choices and decisions for their family.
I am merely there to empower moms to be brave even if they don't feel brave and give them the tools, the information and the confidence to be successful. In the abbreviated words of Ralph Waldo Emerson if I can "know even one life has breathed easier" because of my help, then I have succeeded. I always want my moms feeling independent and that they have this when I walk out the door!
I have been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009 and have been helping moms and babies breastfeed since 2007 working alongside 3 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have been helping mothers and babies for 30 years at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Labor and Delivery, NICU, support groups and in private practice until I was certified in 2009.
I also have my Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and specialized in prenatal and postnatal treatment for 5 out of the 10 years of practice at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell. I creatively weave my physical therapy background into my practice when working with moms.