About Me and why I'm an International Board Certified Lactation
In 1997, I became a mother for the first time. I did not know, at the time, what was in store for me. I thought breastfeeding was supposed to be the most natural thing a woman could do and that it would just fall into place naturally for me and for my baby. Boy, was I wrong! Lactation Consultants were few and far between in those days, and the resources, be it by internet or support groups, were scarce, too. Through the love and support of a breastfeeding support group and the caring nature of the nurturing lactation educator who ran the support group, my son and I finally got the hang of breastfeeding and continued to do so until he was 9 months old. I couldn't have done it without help.
When my second son was born in 2003, by then I knew I had to become a lactation consultant! Although nursing was easier this time around, it still started off a little rocky in the first day or two. I was so grateful for the help I got from my lactation consultant that I vowed to become one, too. And, by the way, I went on to nurse that child for two
After training at U.C.S.D. through their specialized lactation consultant program, I sat
for the board exam to become an I.B.C.L.C. in July 2005 and found out that I became fully certified in October 2005. Now my time is dedicated to my family and to helping women and their babies get off to the best start possible by breastfeeding! Apart from my private practice, I also work at two local San Diego hospitals doing the same. In the evenings, I may teach a pre-natal breastfeeding class with either hospital about once per week. I was also proud to have been hostess of a weekly podcast called "Mommy's Milk and More" and contributor to the PregTastic Pregnancy Podcasts. My latest venture is the article writing lactation contributor and blogger for Nursing Bra Express.
In my free time I love to nature walk and hike, I am an avid martial artist, and I donate my time to the local Boys and Girls Club in their karate program and event organizing efforts. But, my favorite role in life is that of being a mom! It’s the hardest yet most rewarding job there is.