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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.Tune into episode 19 now live!

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Chanelle Andrews

Episode 1
“Hold Steady”

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

Jada Wingo-Metcalf

Episode 2
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.

Lydia O. Boyd

Episode 3
“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. Boyd
Learn more about the B.L.A.C.K. course:
B.L.A.C.K. Course

Aimbriel Lasley

Episode 4
“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 Care
Learn more about Black Mama Vegan:
Black Mama Vegan

Whitney Dula

Episode 5
“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

Episode 6
“Divine Intervention”

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

Courtney Polk

Episode 7
“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:

Erika Dudley IBCLC

Episode 8
“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:
Enriched Lactation

Danielle Freeman, LPN, IBCLC

Episode 9
“God Ordained”

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:
Milkin’ Melanin

Nurse Nikki NP

Episode 10
“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

Episode 11
“Ripple Effect”

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

Tikara Cannon

Episode 12
“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

Nichelle Clark

Episode 13
“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

Nekisha Killings

Episode 14

Nekisha Killings mph, ibclc

Nekisha Killings MPH IBCLC is an equity strategist and maternal and child health advocate who speaks, teaches, and facilitates on topics related to equity and dismantling bias across various sectors. She acts as a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities. Nekisha penned the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. Coined the Aha! Moment Maven, Nekisha works to wow audiences with new realizations that will impact their approach to business and life positively.Nekisha is on a mission to normalize brown breasts in health provider education, thereby better equipping providers to accurately diagnose and treat people of color.Accordingly, she founded The Melanated Mammary Atlas® in 2021. Nekisha is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which is dedicated to equipping aspirants of color to sit for the IBCLC exam. Nekisha’s work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents through their journeys during the first days of parenthood. To eager audiences, she extends her own brand of wisdom, wit, and eureka moments to shift the way they approach life and work.Learn more and connect with Nikki:
Nekisha Killings MPH, IBCLC

Erica Campbell

Episode 15
“Self Starter”

Erica Campbell bsn, rn, ibclc

Erica was born, raised, and currently lives in the Houston area with her family. She has two children that have fueled her journey into this profession.Erica started as a mother/baby Registered Nurse and simply had a passion for helping mothers. It wasn’t until having her own and seeing the support systems first hand, that she realized she wanted to do more.In 2017, she passed the board exams and became an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). She is thankful for her diverse professional experience and having worked in the hospital system as a nurse and a lactation consultant and now working with a private group in Houston to do private 1-on-1 on consults.The professional aspects of her career are a definite must but it’s her personal experience that has really impacted how she works and cares for the families that she helps.She is extremely passionate about educating and informing the entire family unit and working towards whatever is the goal of the family.Learn more and connect with Erica:
The Milk Manual

Kimberly Webb

Episode 16
“Chaos Worker”

Kimberly Webb clc

Kimberly is a South Carolina based Certified Lactation Counselor from Wisconsin. She has 3 children and husband that could technically count as her fourth. She has been in private practice for 2 years and is starting her Pathway 2 degree in October 2022. Her hobbies include starting craft projects, thrift shopping, and gardening.Learn more and connect with Kimberly via her website:
Melanated Maternal Support

Shondra Mattos

Episode 17
“Stay Hungry”

Shondra Mattos ibclc

Shondra Mattos is an IBCLC (Internationally Board-certified Lactation Consultant) and owner of a Location-independent lactation practice where she provides breastfeeding and infant feeding support to families countrywide.Shondra has a passion for sharing her understanding of complex lactation subjects with her colleagues and aspiring lactation students. When she's not with clients, speaking, or teaching, she spends time with her daughter.Learn more and connect with Shondra via her websites:
Mattos Lactation
Shondra Mattos

Fallon Smalls

Episode 18
“There's Not Enough of Us. Period.”

Fallon Smalls, cbs

Fallon Smalls is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist located in Prince George’s County Maryland. She’s also a public relations specialist, wife, and mom to three beautiful children. After struggling with nursing her oldest son, Fallon vowed to do everything within her power to make it work for her daughter when she got pregnant 6 years later.As she went on the journey of educating herself she found that there were so many people like her that needed information, resources, and most importantly support to breastfeed their babies. That’s how she became everyone’s Breastie. You can find her on IG posting funny but educational videos and tips encouraging her Breasties to do what they feel is best for themselves and their babies.Learn more and connect with Fallon via her website:
Your Breastie

Tiara Caldwell

Episode 19
“Divinely Aligned”

Tiara Caldwell, ibclc

Tiara Caldwell is a Nurse, Doula, and IBCLC in the DC metro area. She provides doula services, childbirth education and lactation help to parents through her company Crowned & Cradled which she started in 2015. Early in her marketing endeavors, Tiara found the value in having a strong social media presence, and through that has explored different ways to engage her audience and speak to her ideal clients.As a mom of four, Tiara has learned ways to maximize the small windows of time in her day to make the biggest impact online and with her clients in person. Her desire is to educate and encourage other professionals to throw out self doubt and imposter syndrome.Tiara is an advocate for diversifying the lactation field by mentoring and training new lactation professionals of colorLearn more and connect with Tiara via her website:
Crowned and Cradled


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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