Feeding is a unique journey for each mom/baby dyad. It's quite common for there to be questions along the way and quite often there are tips and tools you can use to make the journey smoother and more enjoyable. Face to face support and hands on demonstration/support can go a long way in empowering parents during these times. Many times these issues, if dealt with early, could be resolved quickly and allow the dyad to subsequently reach their breastfeeding and/or feeding goals.
Hi! I'm Jodi & thanks for stopping to learn a little bit about me.
I have been a Pediatric/Neonatal Registered Nurse since 2005. I graduated with my Bachelor of Health in Nursing from the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. I am originally from New Zealand and moved to Canada when I was 9 years of age. I always knew I wanted to work with the infant population and my experiences as a nanny, nurse, mother, and LC have taught me so much over the years. I decided to specialize in the area of lactation & breastfeeding in 2010 and found myself to be very passionate about how many variances there are in this area from mother to mother and baby to baby. After completing my prerequisites and passing the exam I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.
I have three energetic & gorgeous children (6yo girl, 9yo girl & 11yo boy) and love being a mom! I know from both personal & professional experience that a pregnancy, a delivery, those first days/weeks with your newborn, and the weeks/months to follow can all go in many different ways! I had one emergency c-section, and two planned c-sections (my 2nd child was footling breech and my third I had a complete previa where the placenta is covering the cervix). Due to many complications and insufficient knowledge I did not successfully breastfeed my firstborn for very long. This resulted in me being very determined to have a better breastfeeding experience with my second child; one which I am happy to say I was able to repeat with my third as well. Don't get me wrong I had challenges and even needed the help of a fellow LC, but am happy I was able to breastfeed with enjoyment.
I am currently working as a casual RN in the hospital setting (neonatal ICU) as well as running my private lactation practice. Those who know me in either the hospital or community setting would say I am very passionate about my career and am truly thankful that I can say "I love what I do"! Although my job as a nurse may not always involve the breastfeeding population, I have had many opportunities to learn more over the years through education and hands on learning & am able to use this knowledge on a regular basis in this setting. As a NICU nurse I have been exposed to a totally different and unique population when it comes to the area of lactation, breastfeeding, and all that it entails, and find myself continuing on a learning curve specific to this population. Because of this I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of working with multiples, babes with physical anomalies, mom's with supply issues, premature and/or low birth weight infants, and so much more! Having my private practice has added yet another dimension to what I have to offer, and the learning I'm exposed to. I can truly say I am passionate about working with moms & their babes, not only when it comes to breastfeeding & lactation, but overall mother-infant support! I am passionate about providing supportive care to all mothers and babes for the duration of their pregnancy up until they wean their child. For this to be a standard of care, I strongly believe that education & collaboration are key. Both for the parents and the professionals involved. The picture below symbolizes the journey of breastfeeding through my eyes; there are ups and downs, challenges and amazing moments but ultimately it can be an beautiful journey (and it's a scene from my home country in NZ).
In my spare time I enjoy making memories with my family, staying active through sports and being outdoors, and last, but not least, I love to bake! Thanks for taking time to find out about me... I look forward to hearing from you & hopefully working with you soon.
Interested in becoming a Lactation Consultant?
The following information is for those who are interested in becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and who may be looking to volunteer with an IBCLC as a means of obtaining hours of lactation specific clinical practice as specified in Pathway 1.
Please consult the website for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE website) for definitive information.
The 10243NAT Diploma of Breastfeeding Management is accepted for the 90 hours of lactation specific education requirement.
The 10280NAT Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education is accepted for the new additional requirement of 5 hours of education in communication skills.
Find an IBLCE Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellor Organization. This means that an breastfeeding counsellor can count the hours they provide counselling towards the 1000 hours of clinical support. These hours must be accrued during the 5 years before sitting the exam.
From the beginning of 2022*, these hours will be counted on an hour per hour basis through the following counselling situations:
Volunteering as an Breastfeeding Counsellor (with a recognized association)
Applicants must first complete the 10280NAT Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling), a part time course which takes around 12 months. This course is offered only as a volunteer traineeship. There are specific requirements for enrolment, completion and appointment as a breastfeeding counsellor which include:
Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a Lactation Consultant. CLC (certified lactation consultant), CLE (certified lactation educator) or a La Leche League Leader has taking a breastfeeding course usually between 20-100 hours. Please follow the link below to know if your Lactation Consultant is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with 1,000 hours of training before booking your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN COPIED FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING SOCIETY & THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF LACTATION CONSULTANT EXAMINERS FOR ACCURACY OF INFORMATION.
Pre-screening 24-48 hours before appointment & masks are MANDATORY. 48 hours cancellation policy in effect, please see cancellation policy for complete details.