About Lactation Consultants
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide knowledgeable, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. – Ilca.com
In addition an IBCLC has thousands of hours of hands-on clinical experience helping mothers and babies with breastfeeding issues. She is skilled in supporting women throughout the breastfeeding life cycle from initiation through weaning.
Learn more about what you can expect when receiving care from an IBCLC at http://www.iblce.org/professional-standards
Catherine first became interested in breastfeeding when she had her own children. Breastfeeding had been an accepted part of her childhood and she assumed she would nurse her babies someday too. What she didn’t expect were the challenges that came with it. Not everyone has a hard time breastfeeding, but for those that do getting support from someone who cares, and is knowledgeable, can help get parents and baby back to normal, nurturing nursing.
In her experience of helping hundreds of families learn to breastfeed it seems there are bumps in the road no matter how prepared you are. It helps to take a class, learn the signs that your baby is getting enough, and when to ask for more help. But that won’t guarantee a bump-free nursing experience. Encircling yourself and your family with a network of support is also important. Questions do come up, situations you aren’t sure how to handle happen. Knowing when you need help, and who you will reach out to are both important.
Catherine served as a volunteer La Leche League Leader for seven years. During that time, she decided to continue her education and become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Catherine is skilled in supporting nursing moms and babies through the medical aspect of breastfeeding and lactation, but also holds the relationship part of breastfeeding in equal importance. There are many ways to feed and nurture a baby. There is no one right way. Catherine enjoys working with new families as they learn to not only feed their baby, but also how to integrate this new person into their family. Her experiences have prepared her to support families at all stages of breastfeeding, from newborn all the way to weaning – at whatever age that might be.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 2011 – present
Breastfeeding Instructor, Parent Trust for Washington 2012 – present
Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County 2016 – present
Lactation Consultant, Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine 2016
La Leche League Leader 2007 – 2014
BA University of Washington
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA)
Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County
Seattle Lactation Journal Club
Catherine can be reached at (206) 920-3084, as well as via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the phone number for setting up a consultation, as I don’t check my email as frequently. Thanks!