I'm a Registered Nurse licensed in both Iowa and Illinois and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have worked with mothers and infants for over 15 years in both office and hospital settings. My Specialties include Pediatrics, NICU preemies, Newborn Nursery and Postpartum Care.
I'm a member of USLA (United States Lactation Association), and the Iowa Lactation Association. I'm also a member of 2 local breastfeeding coalitions and serve on the safe infant feeding committee at Genesis Birthcenter. At Genesis, I work as a Lactation Consultant providing care to new parents and babies, and I'm also certified preceptor, training new and experienced nurses on breastfeeding. I am CPR, and NRP certified. I maintain my certifications by attending conferences and completing continuing education as required. I also volunteer at the local high school each semester teaching high school students about the benefits of breastfeeding. It's never too soon to start learning about breastfeeding. I never want to stop learning and sharing that knowledge with my Clients. The ongoing research findings in the world of human lactation never ceases to amaze me.
I have recently completed additional breastfeeding without birth training, to further assist...
an adoptive parent or parent-to-be
an intended parent through surrogacy
a non-birthing parent or parent-to-be partnered with a birthing parent
a foster parent
a birthing parent who is not currently nursing
My Passion for Breastfeeding and helping new parents stems from my own experiences with my 3 children, all breastfed exclusively. All with their own challenges from having a baby in the NICU, thrush, to lip tie, vasospasm, mastitis and plugged ducts just to name a few. There were many times that without the support of my husband and a Lactation Consultant I would not have been able to continue. I believe the support of a spouse, friend, or partner is so crucial to our success. That's why I decided to name my Business "Family Lactation Services". To Serve the family as a whole. Equipping and Empowering Mothers, Helping Parents and Feeding our Babies the very best.
Originally from the Quad Cities in Davenport, IA. My Husband and I currently reside in small town Dewitt, IA. My husband Adam Edstrom, a realtor with Ruhl and Ruhl, have been married for over 15 years. We have 3 Children. My two boys are 7 and 9, and my little girl is 2 (still breastfeeding). We enjoy Fishing, Playing at the Park and attending the boys sports activities, Bowling and of course our Friday night pizza and movie nights at home.
You can visit the link below to verify my credentials with the International board of Lactation Consultant examiners.
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