Before my first baby was born, I thought that breastfeeding came naturally, and that it was the norm. Humans are mammals, after all. When breastfeeding was a struggle for me, I turned to Kellymom.com and internet forums for support. When my second baby was born, breastfeeding was much easier, and I eventually found myself becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) in order to fulfill the requirement for breastfeeding education to become a postpartum doula. While I found that work as a doula wasn't for me, I found that breastfeeding support was and The Boob Geek was born. After a long journey—detailed here—including pausing to give birth to (and breastfeed) twins, I passed the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2015.
While I am a scientist at heart, my professional background is not in health care, but in editing and desktop publishing for a variety of industries. I earned my B.A. from Metropolitan State University in Writing, and still utilize my editing and design chops on a freelance basis. In 2014, I began the Lactation Consultant Certificate program offered through the University of California—San Diego Extension. I completed my internship at Hennepin County Medical Center's Breastfeeding Clinic and, in addition to my private practice, I serve families there as a staff lactation consultant. My clinical background includes work with preterm infants, multiples, cleft lip/palate, congenital disorders, low milk supply, ankyloglossia (tongue tie), and more.
I am a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, United States Lactation Consultant Association, and Childbirth Collective, and serve on the steering committee and several subcommittees of the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition.
It is a privilege to support people through the joys and challenges of lactation. My goal is to provide evidence-based information to help you make informed and empowered decisions to reach your goals—whatever they may be.
- 2015: University of California—San Diego Extension, Lactation consultant certificate
- 2004: Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Bachelor of Arts in Writing
- 2015–present: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- 2014–present: Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC)
2010–2016: Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)