I began helping breastfeeding mothers in 1977 when I became an accredited volunteer breastfeeding counselor for La Leche League International. In the early '80's, I worked in a volunteer pilot program at Florida Hospital where La Leche League Leaders assisted breastfeeding mothers with on-hand help during their hospital stay. This program was one of the stepping stones to lead the way to the birth of a new profession. The first board certification exam for Lactation Consultants was held in 1986. In 1991, I worked for the Seminole County Women, Infant and Children (WIC) department of Family Services where I implemented their Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. I began working in the office of Pediatrics Plus as a lactation consultant intern in 1995 and became board certified in 1996. In 1997, I established my own private practice in addition to continuing as Pediatrics Plus' lactation consultant. I moved to Maitland to the office of Sunshine Pediatrics in October of 2006 where I presently have my private practice office.
For over 30 years, I have served in volunteer community service and/or employment to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. I have worked with thousands of breastfeeding mothers and babies. I stay current with the latest breastfeeding research and education both by professional breastfeeding journals and attending several conferences specific to breastfeeding each year. I am a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the Florida Lactation Consultant Association, United States Lactation Consultant Association, La Leche League International and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. I'm also a Founder, Past President and serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition.
I live in the rural south Seminole County community of Chuluota. We have two adult children, a grandson, two dogs and an abundance of wildlife. I am a Christian and love all people regardless of faith or race. I find my greatest joy in helping others.
" Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior...
that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children."
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order;
to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
God created it,
Science confirms it,
Nature celebrates it
"Breastfeeding is the most precious gift
a mother can give her infant.
When there is illness or malnutrition,
it may be a lifesaving gift;
when there is poverty,
it may be the only gift"
Ruth Lawrence, M.D.
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