Meet your Lactation Consultant
My family started in the spring of 2005, when I married my husband, Chris. We were surprised by our first pregnancy a few short months later, and welcomed a son into our lives the following May. Two years after that, our second son was born, and our family was complete. Together, we have built a life here in Gillette, where we have a bit of property just big enough to house a chicken coop with some hens, a few bee hives and a couple garden spaces. We love to spend our time outside, and have made the streams, valleys, and vistas of the Big Horn Mountains our very own playground. I love being a wife and mama, and want to share that love with the families I work with!
I first discovered my passion for the mother/baby relationship after the birth my first son. That first touch changed my life, and set me on the trajectory I am on today; a mission to help smooth out the wrinkles for families who are integrating a new little person into their unit. This can be a challenging and exciting time for all involved, as changes to the family dynamic can be bumpy.
I am especially passionate when it comes to the breastfeeding relationship and the potential issues that may come with it, as this is the foundation for infant health and bonding. Many women envision the experience of feeding their new baby as a blissful and happy stage in their lives. Sadly, things don't always go as planned. It is my goal to provide my clients with the tools necessary for a successful start to breastfeeding in spite of any challenges that may arise, and to help address any barriers to breastfeeding, should they come up.
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC, with over 8 years working side by side in a clinic with three other lactation consultants, each of whom brought the lessons they have learned throughout their years as nurses and lactation professionals supporting the mother/infant dyad.
In my job as a Midwife assistant, I am around plenty of new breastfeeding moms, but when it came to breastfeeding my first child, I was clueless!! I met Hannah a few years before my son was born, and when she became an IBCLC (conveniently right around the time I had my little boy) I knew I could call her. Hannah did a home visit just a few days after I gave birth, and I couldn’t have been more grateful for her kind nature, expansive knowledge, and overall awesomeness (if I can use that term to describe her)! Hannah was a blessing when we needed her, and still is to this day when I text and call with my random breastfeeding questions. Yes, I still have questions even after 8 months!
She helped me with proper positioning during nursing, and showed me things to look out for like behaviors indicating hunger. If you are wondering if an IBCLC is right for you, then yes, Hannah is your gal! I cannot recommend her enough!