I am so happy to be a part of The Second 9 Months. It’s been quite a journey to get here!
I was born and raised in Israel and moved to the U.S. almost 8 years ago–in 2008. Before becoming a mom I was a goldsmith and on my way to graduate my studies in an industrial design school. When my first daughter was born, my world completely shifted and I decided that working with moms and babies and help them breastfeed was my calling.
I began with childbirth educator training and proceeded to lactation studies. By the time we moved to the Seattle area I was already a mother of two girls and was working toward my goal of becoming an IBCLC. In 2008, I was very lucky to meet Renee who helped tremendously in finding my way in this area when everything was new. I went to some home visits with her and learned about working in private practice.
From 2009 to 2011 I was fortunate to work at Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine with Dr. Mary Ann O’Hara. The time with Dr. O’Hara taught me so much about nipple pain and wounds, supply issues, latching and positioning and, of course, tongue and lip ties. During that time I assisted in hundreds of frenotomy procedures. It was great to see babies improve and parents feel better about breastfeeding! After that experience, I felt really ready to start my own practice! I became certified as IBCLC in 2011,and have been working as an IBCLC every since.
In 2012 my son was born and guess what? He had a tongue tie! He provided a personal experience for me as a mom with painful nipples, latching problems and pursuing a frenotomy for my own baby. I’m thankful for that experience because it has given me more empathy for my clients who may be going through the same thing.
Today I live in Sammamish, Washington with my wonderful husband, silly Beagle and three breastfed children. I love living here in the Northwest. In my free time I enjoy hiking and traveling, long walks with my dog, reading and spending as much time as I can with my kids. I look forward to meeting you!