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Rachel Baker, CLC
I am a Certified Lactation Counselor*, and I am also a mother of two wonderful children (3 years and 6 months). You can see his sassy face in the picture to the left. :- ) I differ from other lactation consultants and counselors in that I offer judgment-free and well-rounded guidance to help you learn more about breastfeeding, but also to allow you to make your OWN decisions about what will work well for both your baby AND YOU! A healthy breastfeeding relationship looks different for different parents and babies, and it should be healthy for both baby AND parent(s)! There are definitely benefits to "exclusive breastfeeding" for six months, but there are also a huge number of benefits of "breastfeeding" (meaning even with supplementation) for three or six months. It is NOT all or nothing!
I focus my work on supporting ALL parents. If your goal is exclusive breastfeeding for six months, I am going to support you in achieving that goal in a positive and pain-free way! However, I also work with mothers who begin pumping early (for a variety of reasons), who return to work and have to pump, and/or who supplement with formula. I'll ensure that you feel heard, can make your own informed choices, and that after I leave, you will know exactly what the plan is and how to implement it without me there! I even send a summary email so that you don't have to remember the plan on your own, and I follow up via e-mail within one week to check in!
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*CLCs have successfully completed a 45-hour training based upon the footprint of the World Health Organization/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counseling Training Course, have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women