About Us

Autumn and Laura are the only team based Lactation Support Providers in all the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.  This means there is not only one person who is there for the needs of your family, you get TWO for the price of ONE!  This means that you have the support of two highly trained Lactation Professionals, and big time breastfeeding advocates.  We have been through issues breastfeeding our own babies, which lead to our career paths we are on today.

 

When we first met, we hit it off and found that we had the same dreams and aspirations for our community…  to raise those breastfeeding rates!  Coming from the same educational background, University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program, we have the most up to date, and organized professional training than any other lactation credential.  While most lactation professionals can get a 5 day training, or require 90 specific hours of training with no hands on experience, Laura and Autumn took on a 9 month Lactation Specific program with 300 clinical hours- which is one of the only accredited programs that encompasses all the needs to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  IBCLC is the highest credential for lactation professionals and is recognized around the world.  Throughout various other professional training, we continue to learn the latest and greatest information for our families.

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About Us

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Autumn and Laura are the only team based Lactation Support Providers in all the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.  This means there is not only one person who is there for the needs of your family, you get TWO for the price of ONE!  This means that you have the support of two highly trained Lactation Professionals, and big time breastfeeding advocates.  We have been through issues breastfeeding our own babies, which lead to our career paths we are on today.

When we first met, we hit it off and found that we had the same dreams and aspirations for our community…  to raise those breastfeeding rates!  Coming from the same educational background, University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program, we have the most up to date, and organized professional training than any other lactation credential.  While most lactation professionals can get a 5 day training, or require 90 specific hours of training with no hands on experience, Laura and Autumn took on a 9 month Lactation Specific program with 300 clinical hours- which is one of the only accredited programs that encompasses all the needs to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  IBCLC is the highest credential for lactation professionals and is recognized around the world.  Throughout various other professional training, we continue to learn the latest and greatest information for our families.

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 About Autumn

My name is Autumn Wake and I am the founder of Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas.  I have had a passion for helping people as a healthcare provider for over 12 years.  At a very early age, I knew that I wanted to help people and I became a Registered Nurse in 2005.  That passion continued as I worked in Case Management and other various fields in the Nursing Profession for over 11 years.  My passion and career changed directions after having my first child in 2014.

There was no doubt in my mind when I was pregnant that I would have my children and they would be breastfed- no other feeding method was even an option. After my daughter was born, I quickly found out that life and babies do not always go as planned.   I was as prepared as anyone could be taking every prenatal class I could, reading books about nursing, lactating, baby wearing, natural childbirth… you name it.  After having a cesarean delivery (not the birth that I had planned!)…  I started on my breastfeeding journey.  Little did I know at the time that it would be the hardest and most rewarding journey that I would ever go on.  After having my daughter, nursing started off ok, but about the 3rd day of life, my newborn baby ended up in the NICU for dehydration- later to find out it was because she wasn’t able to breastfeed appropriately.  Lucky for us, our daughter’s pediatrician encouraged us to see a Lactation Consultant when baby continued to lose weight after discharge.  I am so grateful that I sought out breastfeeding help early!  I found an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the highest level of credential for lactation.  That decision would later help me through the toughest time in my life.

At that time, I didn’t even really understand that there was such a title or career, but am ever so grateful for the help I received.  For the first 4 months of my daughter’s life, I battled almost every possible breastfeeding issue.  From low milk supply and triple feeds, tongue tie with subsequent laser release, and even a breast abscess needing 2 months of follow up from a wound care doctor. I fought every battle I came across and overcame every obstacle.  When I understood the importance of properly trained lactation support, I knew then what I needed to dedicate the rest of my life to

 About Autumn

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My name is Autumn Wake and I am the founder of Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas.  I have had a passion for helping people as a healthcare provider for over 12 years.  At a very early age, I knew that I wanted to help people and I became a Registered Nurse in 2005.  That passion continued as I worked in Case Management and other various fields in the Nursing Profession for over 11 years.  My passion and career changed directions after having my first child in 2014.

There was no doubt in my mind when I was pregnant that I would have my children and they would be breastfed- no other feeding method was even an option. After my daughter was born, I quickly found out that life and babies do not always go as planned.   I was as prepared as anyone could be taking every prenatal class I could, reading books about nursing, lactating, baby wearing, natural childbirth… you name it.  After having a cesarean delivery (not the birth that I had planned!)…  I started on my breastfeeding journey.  Little did I know at the time that it would be the hardest and most rewarding journey that I would ever go on.  After having my daughter, nursing started off ok, but about the 3rd day of life, my newborn baby ended up in the NICU for dehydration- later to find out it was because she wasn’t able to breastfeed appropriately.  Lucky for us, our daughter’s pediatrician encouraged us to see a Lactation Consultant when baby continued to lose weight after discharge.  I am so grateful that I sought out breastfeeding help early!  I found an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the highest level of credential for lactation.  That decision would later help me through the toughest time in my life.

At that time, I didn’t even really understand that there was such a title or career, but am ever so grateful for the help I received.  For the first 4 months of my daughter’s life, I battled almost every possible breastfeeding issue.  From low milk supply and triple feeds, tongue tie with subsequent laser release, and even a breast abscess needing 2 months of follow up from a wound care doctor. I fought every battle I came across and overcame every obstacle.  When I understood the importance of properly trained lactation support, I knew then what I needed to dedicate the rest of my life to

In 2014

I became a Certified Lactation Education Counselor through the University of California San Diego, and started working with the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  In 2016, I received my Lactation Consultant Certificate from the University of California, San Diego and also became the Vice President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  In December 2016, I became a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a month later I took over as the President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition and still hold that title today.  In 2017, I decided that I wanted to extend my knowledge to help other healthcare providers in our community and I began my first training with the Nevada State Health Department Nurses.  I plan to continue that work throughout the rest of my career and have future health care provider trainings locally in the future.  My career and passion is to not only help women and families directly, but also to help our community increase breastfeeding rates.

I am an active member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition, International Lactation Consultant Association, and the United States Lactation Consultant Association.  I am a specially trained TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissue) Professional (https://www.chrysalisfeeding.com/professionals), who helps and assists families in proper treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues (also known as Tongue Ties or Oral Restrictions). I have also been trained as  Master IBCLC through the Oral Rehabilitation of the Breastfeeing Dyad Masterclass, as well as in various other professional modalities to help families with breastfeeding issues, including Structure and Functional issues.

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In 2014

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I became a Certified Lactation Education Counselor through the University of California San Diego, and started working with the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  In 2016, I received my Lactation Consultant Certificate from the University of California, San Diego and also became the Vice President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.  In December 2016, I became a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a month later I took over as the President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition and still hold that title today.  In 2017, I decided that I wanted to extend my knowledge to help other healthcare providers in our community and I began my first training with the Nevada State Health Department Nurses.  I plan to continue that work throughout the rest of my career and have future health care provider trainings locally in the future.  My career and passion is to not only help women and families directly, but also to help our community increase breastfeeding rates.

I am an active member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition, International Lactation Consultant Association, and the United States Lactation Consultant Association.  I am a specially trained TOTS Professional (https://www.chrysalisfeeding.com/professionals), who helps and assists families in proper treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues (also known as Tongue Ties or Oral Restrictions). I have also been trained in various other professional modalities to help families with breastfeeding issues, including Structure and Functional issues.

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About Laura

I am a mother of three beautiful children (ages 14, 6 and 3) and have experienced three very different breastfeeding journeys, each with its own unique and often difficult challenges.  With support from multiple sources, I pushed through and achieved my goals.  But it was tough and many times physically painful.  Ultimately, I was let down numerous times when it came to advice regarding the breastfeeding experiences I was having.  Between giving birth to my second and third children I was looking for temporary work, to fill time whilst I applied for post-graduate programs.  What I discovered was to become far from temporary, it was my vocation and a passion – fueled every day by the families I meet.

My educational journey started in the psychology field. After moving from North Dakota, I transferred from the University of North Dakota to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and received my B.A. in psychology in 2013. During my time as a undergraduate I worked hard to prepare for applying to clinical Ph.D. programs by working as a research assistant and lead research assistant in the Children’s PTSD lab and Neuropsychology lab at UNLV. Additionally I achieved membership status in PHI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology.

After graduation, I was looking for something to work towards while I took the time to have another baby and prepare further for applying to postgraduate programs. It was then, that I found my true path and my vocation in breastfeeding. I was already a fierce advocate for breastfeeding and I was already supporting and helping my peers with breastfeeding as much as I could at that time. In 2015,  I became a Certificated Lactation Education Counselor and have since worked with families in the community with common breastfeeding obstacles through support groups, home visits, office visits, and prenatal breastfeeding classes.

As my time went on in this field it became increasingly apparent that I needed to continue my education and expand my scope of practice in this field to be able to provide the very best care possible for my clients.  In 2017, I was accepted to the University of California San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant program. This program has strict requirements for candidates and includes a 9 month, intensive program that is accredited by Allied Health Education Programs. Additionally, it is one of the few programs backed by the IBCLE International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.  Through this program, and with my continued lactation intern work, I have acquired over 700 directly mentored clinical hours helping support breastfeeding families in our community. I completed this course in June 2018 and sat for the board exam in Oct. 2018. I received my IBCLC in December of 2018. I have most recently completed labor doula training with Prodoula and will start accepting interviews for labor doula services in March of 2019.
As well as being passionate about my work in the Lactation field, I am a proud member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition serve on the board as the Vice President for 2018 and 2019.

I met Autumn after becoming a CLEC while working in the community. She was the one who not only has continuously helped me grow as a professional, but also helped me realize the need for and achieved the status of student lactation consultant. She continues to inspire me every day and I feel incredibly fortunate to work with her to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Not only do we have fun while working together, we are also committed to helping each other grow and continue to learn so we can offer optimal, best practice care for our clients.

About Laura

I am a mother of three beautiful children (ages 14, 6 and 3) and have experienced three very different breastfeeding journeys, each with its own unique and often difficult challenges.  With support from multiple sources, I pushed through and achieved my goals.  But it was tough and many times physically painful.  Ultimately, I was let down numerous times when it came to advice regarding the breastfeeding experiences I was having.  Between giving birth to my second and third children I was looking for temporary work, to fill time whilst I applied for post-graduate programs.  What I discovered was to become far from temporary, it was my vocation and a passion – fueled every day by the families I meet.

My educational journey started in the psychology field. After moving from North Dakota, I transferred from the University of North Dakota to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and received my B.A. in psychology in 2013. During my time as a undergraduate I worked hard to prepare for applying to clinical Ph.D. programs by working as a research assistant and lead research assistant in the Children’s PTSD lab and Neuropsychology lab at UNLV. Additionally I achieved membership status in PHI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology.

After graduation, I was looking for something to work towards while I took the time to have another baby and prepare further for applying to postgraduate programs. It was then, that I found my true path and my vocation in breastfeeding. I was already a fierce advocate for breastfeeding and I was already supporting and helping my peers with breastfeeding as much as I could at that time. In 2015,  I became a Certificated Lactation Education Counselor and have since worked with families in the community with common breastfeeding obstacles through support groups, home visits, office visits, and prenatal breastfeeding classes.

As my time went on in this field it became increasingly apparent that I needed to continue my education and expand my scope of practice in this field to be able to provide the very best care possible for my clients.  In 2017, I was accepted to the University of California San Diego Extension Lactation Consultant program. This program has strict requirements for candidates and includes a 9 month, intensive program that is accredited by Allied Health Education Programs. Additionally, it is one of the few programs backed by the IBCLE International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.  Through this program, and with my continued lactation intern work, I have acquired over 700 directly mentored clinical hours helping support breastfeeding families in our community. I completed this course in June 2018 and sat for the board exam in Oct. 2018. I received my IBCLC in December of 2018. I have most recently completed labor doula training with Prodoula and will start accepting interviews for labor doula services in March of 2019.
As well as being passionate about my work in the Lactation field, I am a proud member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition serve on the board as the Vice President for 2018 and 2019.

I met Autumn after becoming a CLEC while working in the community. She was the one who not only has continuously helped me grow as a professional, but also helped me realize the need for and achieved the status of student lactation consultant. She continues to inspire me every day and I feel incredibly fortunate to work with her to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals. Not only do we have fun while working together, we are also committed to helping each other grow and continue to learn so we can offer optimal, best practice care for our clients.

Our  Mission Statement:

To increase breastfeeding rates in our community for HEALTHIER FAMILIES by:

-providing individualized breastfeeding care
-giving access to appropriate evidence-based care
-using a team approach to directly collaborate and exchange between members of the healthcare team.

Vision:

To provide our community with access to evidence-based breastfeeding care using a collaborative partnership approach.

Speak to a Lactation Consultant Now – 702-764-9290