Hi there, I’m Leslie!
Community pharmacist turned lactation activist. Like some new moms, I felt like very little would change personally or professionally after having my baby. I thought I would have my baby, enjoy my maternity leave, and then swiftly return to work without any real issues. However, it was the exact opposite. I had an unplanned caesarean birth, an unanticipated struggle with breastfeeding, and unexpected health issues due to the stress of returning back to work.
The first week back to work I developed shingles on my ribcage. I wasn’t sure if I could nurse my three month old so close to my shingles rash or if I could nurse while on antiviral medication. I was scared but mostly frustrated, because as a healthcare provider “I should know these types of things.” However, I didn’t know, because I had very little education regarding lactation and medication while in graduate school. I’m fortunate, because we chose a pediatrician who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I was able to immediately call and find out answers to my questions. But what would have happened if I didn’t have someone so knowledgeable about lactation as part of my healthcare team?
This is where my passion was suddenly ignited for supporting other people like me. Providers from all areas of healthcare give outdated and conflicting advice regarding lactation, especially regarding lactation and medications.
I decided to change all that and become the expert so lactating individuals have a healthcare provider they could trust. On a daily basis, I now support lactating individuals and healthcare providers both online and in person, one-on-one and in groups. I combine my expertise as both a pharmacist and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) to educate individuals regarding their medications and lactation and to help healthcare providers gain the knowledge needed to adequately treat their lactating patients.
I am a healthcare professional, a counselor, and a lactating friend, and I would love to help you during your lactating journey.
I am a healthcare provider but I may not be YOUR healthcare provider. The information I present on my website and social media accounts is well-researched and evidence-based, but it should not be taken as personal medical advice. Any medical concerns you may have regarding yourself, lactation, or your baby should be discussed with the appropriate healthcare provider.