As the founder of Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas, I have had a passion for helping people as a healthcare provider for over 15 years. At a very early age, I knew that I wanted to help people and I became a Registered Nurse in 2005.
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 first child 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 starting my breastfeeding journey with my first, I learned that it was not as natural/instinctual as I had envisioned and I needed help. I was referred to an IBCLC and I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed my child without the help of a trained professional. Little did I know at the time that it would be the hardest and most rewarding journey that I would ever go on. 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. I started my professional lactation journey in 2014, and passed my boards in 2016. Since then, I have helped over 1,000 dyads on their feeding journeys. Three children later, each has taught me something different and each time I have been able to utilize new skills and appreciation for obstacles in infant feeding.
Heather joined Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas in 2021 and is the organizer we have so needed as our business has grown. She has worked in the medical field and customer service for over 13 years, until she had children and has focused on caring for them. After taking a break for focusing on family, she is getting back in the workforce to help us. She has also overcome every obstacle to also be successful in breastfeeding her own three children.
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I was very nervous about my initial appointment with a lactation specialist. I didn’t know what to expect or if there was any hope for me with breastfeeding. However, Edna was extremely helpful and made me feel understood. I explained my fears to her and my breastfeeding problems and she was able to reassure me that I’m not alone and work with me to create a plan. My daughter was causing me a lot of pain by the way she latched on and Edna showed me the correct and more comfortable way for her to latch. Edna validated my feelings and didn’t make me feel ashamed. She also encouraged me to keep trying and celebrate my small wins. I am still learning, but the follow-up recap email helps me to remember what we discussed and work on my technique. After 2 sessions with her I feel confident that I can continue my breastfeeding journey.