After years of considering a career in nursing, I finally began nursing school in my mid-twenties. I knew from the moment I started that my desire was to work with women during the process of becoming a mother. There is something so special, vulnerable, delicate and beautiful about that time.
Almost immediately after getting my nursing license, we had the opportunity to move to China for my husband’s job. This put my career on hold but didn’t stop my desire to further my education. While living in China I studied remotely and earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Soon after moving back to the US, we discovered that I was finally pregnant! I was ecstatic to become a mother. I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed and I did. However, the start wasn’t as easy as I was expecting, I loved breastfeeding but there was some pain and frustration.
Thankfully, I discovered a breastfeeding support group that literally changed my life. I found support with other women and the IBCLC that ran the group. It was then that I knew I wanted to be an IBCLC myself, in hopes of providing the loving support that I had received. I went on to have a long and beautiful breastfeeding relationship with my daughter, weaning when she was over two and a half.