Our Lactation Consultant: Catherine Fenner, IBCLC

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 7 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.

Professional Experience

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (2011 – present)
  • Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County
  • Lactation Consultant, Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine
  • La Leche League Leader, retired
  • BA University of Washington


Areas of Additional Training

  • Effects of Trauma History on Breastfeeding
  • Supporting Survivors who want to Breastfeed
  • Supporting LGBTQ Families
  • Continuing Breastfeeding in the Workplace
  • How Employers Can Support Continued Breastfeeding

Professional Memberships

  • International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
  • United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA)
  • Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County
  • Seattle Lactation Journal Club
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