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Leveling Up in Lactation
Leveling Up in Lactation is a podcast that highlights, amplifies, and documents the journey of Black Lactation Professionals.Tune in every other Monday for a laid back, candid conversation with her colleagues about their journey through the Lactation profession.
Chanelle Andrews IBCLC, CBS
Chanelle Andrews is a lactation specialist and educator hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is, at her core, an avid supporter of parents and communities. Chanelle has a passion for the “aha!” moments and providing people with the education and information they need to make the best decisions for their families and their goals.Learn more and connect with Chanelle:
Hey Mama Lactation and Perinatal Care
Generational Health, Honey
Jada Wingo-Metcalf CBPC, PPD
Jada is a Maternal a Certified Maternal Child Community Health Worker, Post-partum Doula and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist providing mobile lactation and postpartum services to the metro Atlanta population. Her goal is to encourage mothers and caregivers to trust their instincts during pregnancy and beyond through radical support and evidence based education.Learn more and connect with Jada:
The Milk and Honey Co.
“Don’t wait. Just do it.”
Lydia O. boyd, ibclc, cle, doula
Lydia O. Boyd is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), and Doula who is currently employed at Watts Healthcare Corporation in the WIC Department as Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Ms. Boyd has been in private practice since 2016. And she is one-fourth of the teaching team for The B.L.A.C.K. Course; which is a full scope lactation and breastfeeding education course made by and for Black People and folks supporting black breastfeeding.Learn more and connect with Lydia:
Lydia O. BoydLearn more about the B.L.A.C.K. course:
“All The Things”
Aimbriel Lasley, ibclc
Aimbriel C. Lasley is a native of Indianapolis, IN. She is a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and also holds a Master’s degree in Health and Wellness Counseling. She is married and has four children with a set of twins included in the bunch and a new dog! Aimbriel is very passionate about maternal and child health and health outcomes in the black community. She is committed to serving her community, in raising breastfeeding rates and decreasing disparities in our maternal health practices. Aimbriel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, exploring new places and is dedicated to being a lifelong learner.Learn more and connect with Aimbriel:
Holistic Lactation CareLearn more about Black Mama Vegan:
Black Mama Vegan
“Make The System Work For You”
Whitney Dula, cbs
Whitney is a native-born Marylander, having lived in the DMV region her entire life. She began her journey into lactation support after noticing a lack of providers in her immediate area, as well as providers that looked like her. She’s been a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist since 2019, working for the Babies Born Healthy Program in Montgomery County as a lactation counselor providing prenatal breastfeeding education and postpartum support. In addition to her counselor duties, she is the current President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, formerly serving on the Board of Directors as an At- large member. Her advocacy focuses on closing the gaps in maternal/infant mortality, increasing Black breastfeeding rates and education, and increasing the number of lactation professionals of color. She's also involved with the USLCA Advisory Board, and a co- founder of the Black Breastfeeding 365 Initiative. Whitney is the mom of two breastfed babies who went well into toddlerhood.Learn more and connect with Whitney:
The Mama’s Dula
Bianca Nash-Miot, clc
Bianca Nash-Miot, in my personal life I am a Wife, mother to two amazing toddlers, house plant enthusiasts, and adventure seeker. In my professional life I am a CLC, CPST, and Birth worker who provides a wide assortment of services. I have worked with families providing lactation services for almost 4 years and truly believe this is my calling and talent.Learn more and connect with Bianca:
Birth Queens and Milk Queens
“I Know What Breastfeeding Did For Me”
Courtney Polk, RN, ibclc
Courtney Polk is a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a native of New Orleans but currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and their 2 children. Since graduating from Southern University in 2006, Courtney began her nursing career in labor and delivery. She went on to earn a masters in nursing education in 2012. It wasn’t until having her son in 2014, and experiencing breastfeeding for herself that lactation became her focus and passion. Since becoming board certified she has helped countless families in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex area meet or exceed their breastfeeding goals. Courtney is also the current president of the Dallas Lactation Consultant Association.Learn more and connect with Courtney:
“It's Not too Late to Pivot”
Erika Dudley, ibclc, CBS
Erika Dudley's professional experience in supporting breastfeeding Moms and Parents spans from discharge into toddler hood. With a passion and special interest in helping those transitioning back into working outside of the home, Erika enjoys identifying ways they can continue working towards their goals. Her goal is to relay to parents the value in their investment of providing breast milk to their little ones.Learn more and connect with Erika:
Danielle Freeman, LPN, ibclc
Danielle Freeman is Licensed Practical Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant the owner and founder of Milkin’ Melanin Lactation Services. Services include prenatal breastfeeding classes, virtual consults, and home visits for most of Connecticut. In addition to private practice, she also works at Manchester Memorial Hospital as an IBCLC.Her love for supporting moms and babies was born when she was recruited to become a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in November 2018 at Yale New Haven Hospital after having breastfed her own children. She has since worked with hundreds of families helping them to establish and reach their feeding goals. She is extremely passionate about the support she provides and believes in equitable, collaborative care.Danielle is married and has three amazing children who were all breastfed. The lack of professional support when nursing her own children, was an additional motivating factor for creating Milkin’ Melanin Lactation Services. She wants to be able to provide the support that she did not receive. Feel free to contact Danielle directly to learn more about the services she offers.
Learn more and connect with Danielle:
“If Not Me Then Who?”
Nikki Greenaway FNP-C, ibclc
Nikki Greenaway, aka Nurse Nikki, is a wife, mother of three, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Servicing both Louisiana and Texas, Nurse Nikki is the proud owner of Bloom Maternal Health a perinatal house calls practice and co founder of the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center and Cafe Au Lait Breastfeeding Support group for families of color. She is co-good trouble maker and co-creator of Nikki and Nikki Lactation Career Consultants which assists black lactation specialists navigate the pathways to becoming IBCLCs.Learn more and connect with Nurse Nikki:
Nurse Nikki NP
Deidra Washington Ibclc,clc
Deidra has lived in Florida since she was 9 years old. She attended college at Florida State Universityand graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She went on to become a nutritionist at the health department for the Florida WIC program. While at WIC Deidra developed a passion for helping families establish and reach their health and nutrition goals. She saw a further need for helping her clients learn about the importance of their baby’s first food.Deidra has been supporting families with breastfeeding since 2011 and is and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2021. She also holds the credential of CLC and loves the counseling aspect of lactation support.She is a mother of 2 free-spirited little girls ages 2 and 4. She is married to a brilliant and supportive man for almost 8 years. Her friends and family would tell you when she walks into a room, the vibe lifts. Deidra has a special and unique way to connect with people, and her Spirit draws people towards her!Learn more and connect with Deidra:
Love On Top LLC
“Increase My Value”
Tikara Cannon mph,cbs,milc
Tikara is a native of Franklinton, North Carolina. She went to North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Animal Science degree. She met her husband, Clint, at A&T and they married in 2012. After a battle with infertility and pregnancy loss, they welcomed their twin daughters 2 months before their expected due date in 2015. From the challenges and obstacles that would follow, Tikara cultivated the ability to further educate herself and truly decide what her calling was.
In 2017, she graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Public Health degree and a desire to work primarily with infant and maternal health. In 2020 she completed the 90 hour Certified Breastfeeding Specialist course and was trained to become a postpartum doula.
Tikara works in private practice at Milk & Cradle LLC which she launched in July 2020, providing postpartum and lactation support to families in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas of Virginia.Learn more and connect with Tikara:
Milk and Cradle LLC
“It Is A Flex”
Nichelle Clark ibclc, cbs
Nichelle Clark is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), wife, and mother of two residing in Chesapeake, Virginia. She is the owner of SonShine & Rainbows Lactation Services. Born and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD, Nichelle joined the United States Navy in 2010 and served honorably for 7.5 years. In 2020, she founded Black Breastfeeding 365, an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between Black Parents and the Lactation Professionals who serve them.When she’s not spending time with her husband, 5 year old son and 4 month old daughter she serves as a United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) Advisory Board Member and Clinical Lactation Journal Social Media Editor. In her spare time, she admins multiple online support groups for People of Color, providing breastfeeding support and lactation education to her community. As a former exclusive pumping mom herself, Nichelle is a champion for breastfeeding parents to write their own rules and breastfeed their way.Learn more and connect with Nichelle:
Sonshine and Rainbows Lactation
Hosted by Erika Dudley, IBCLC, she created this podcast to highlight, amplify, and develop an audio hub for the journeys of Black Lactation Professionals. Join Erika every other Monday morning for about an hour as she has a laid back, candid conversation with Colleagues about their journeys through Lactation Land.Erika Dudley is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who began her career in lactation as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor after successfully pushing through barriers to breastfeed her son. Within a year she became a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist then promoted to the Lead Breastfeeding Counselor. After becoming an IBCLC she transitioned into private practice where she owns Enriched Lactation
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