Women's Health Coach & Lactation Consultant
My interest in the field of breastfeeding began when I was pregnant with my son, Colin. Coming from a family where breastfeeding was not the norm and having met mothers who had a difficult time nursing their babies, I tried to become as informed as possible. I read nursing books and attended meetings hosted by breastfeeding moms.
Despite my preparation, I experienced several challenges in the early weeks. Determined to make breastfeeding work, I sought the expertise of a Lactation Consultant who helped turn things around.
Identifying a need for more education and support, and having enjoyed my nursing experience, I decided to pursue a more fulfilling career in the field.
I received my training, to become an LC, on the Labor and Delivery floor of Jacobi Medical Center. I worked alongside an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has helped nursing moms for over twenty-five years. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work with hundreds of mothers and the privilege to witness several births.
I also worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at the Ryan-Nena Center on the Lower East Side, where I taught the prenatal breastfeeding class, assessed mothers and their babies in the support group, and provided continuous help throughout their breastfeeding experience.
A 2013 Favorite!
Why Hollie McNish rules...
Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted this video entitled "Embarrassed" on YouTube on July 4. In less than a day it went viral! McNish's edgy, rap-like stanzas describe what it feels like to be publicly shamed into hiding out in toilet stalls to breastfeed her daughter. An empowering video that will resonate with any mother who has thought twice about nursing in public. Remember that in the state of New York, you have the right to breastfeed wherever you are.