Bringing breastfeeding support to the heart of Fayetteville.
I am a native of Fayetteville, born at Cape Fear Valley Hospital and graduated from Douglas Byrd Senior High School. I received my Bachelor of Science in Accounting fromTHE best HBCU, Fayetteville State University (#attitudecheck) and my Master’s in Teaching from the University of Southern California.
I’ve formally been in lactation and received my lactation training at the very FIRST accredited lactation program, the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRT-TI) at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’ve been in the birth world for over six years and received my doula training through DONA International. I have been a lactation consultant for over 3 years and became a birth doula almost two years ago. I like to think of myself as a lactation educator and advocate as I work hard to support ALL families while changing the narrative in lactation to remove barriers and improve rates for Black and brown families. I’m also always pushing to provide training for our healthcare providers so that our families benefit the best. My goal is to be a primary lactation resource for the entire community. It is why I value the community-based connections I have with our local Health Department, our military community, local healthcare providers and our Mayor & City Council. I was successful in collaborating with Mayor Mitch Colvin in getting Fayetteville designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly City which inspired our County Commissioners to do the same for Cumberland County. I value myself as a well-rounded lactation consultant trained in ALL aspects of clinical lactation care to include prenatal education, supporting premies, maternal and infant medical challenges, oral functional issues, latching issues and supporting our pumping parents.
I have a passion for our NICU families and finding solutions to improving practices. I have partnered with Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute to do a research study centered around the experiences of Black mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. I believe that it is important for research about the Black community to be provided by Black researchers because, as Kimberly Seals Allers says all of the time, the answers are in the community. I also have a Pathway 3 Lactation Training program where I currently have FIVE students training to become lactation consultants. In order for the field to grow and there be representation, I feel compelled to do my part in educating our future lactation providers. This training includes community-based support along with cultural awareness to help our future IBCLCs become a part of changing the current narrative in the lactation profession.
I am a milspouse to a supportive, patient husband. We’ve been together for almost 10 years and married for 9. I am the mother to 3 adult daughters, 1 adult son and my Bella. I have 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters with a granddaughter due next March, 2020. I also have a very playful German Shepard named Callie. I breastfed all five of my children and 3 of my 4 grandchildren. I tell people all of the time, I was not trying to be a lactation superwoman…..I was just too lazy to prepare bottles of human milk when I had an extra breast to feed from. Although I breastfed my older children for over 12 months each, I was able to experience Full-term breastfeeding with Bella. We breastfed for 6 and a half years before stopping in June of 2019. My slogan that describes my role in providing lactation education, advocacy and support in our community is…..‘To know me is to know breastfeeding.’
When I have a few spare moments here and there….I have several things I love to do. I enjoy learning about gardening and hope to do more of it next year, I love getting together with my family, I enjoy watching football 4 out of 7 days during football season. My favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and LSU Tigers. I love spring and fall and enjoying a nice glass of wine (or two) outside around the firepit with good Sister-friends. Due to my passion for family and work, I often take on more than I should so hang in there if you ask a question, need a resource, send an email, text me or call. I’m in the process of delegating more tasks to those around me to be more effective with my time. Because I am so busy during the week, I try really hard to devote my evenings and days off to family time. That includes trying NOT to take work home. So be patient with me.
*Thank you for following my page, for sharing it with others and trusting me to help you or someone you know and love with their infant feeding journey. I am honored and so excited to see Fayetteville Breastfeeding Center grow and change as we focus on bringing breastfeeding support to the heart of Fayetteille.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBLCE 2017
Lactation Consultant, Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015-2016
(Clinical sites included: UNC-CH, Wakemed-Cary, Womens Birth & Wellness Center, Randolph, Vidant, Rex and Cumberland County WIC)