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Breastfeeding Support Group
“I never realized how important it was to be around other new mothers – until I had my baby. Not everyone understands the breastfeeding mother and how hard it can be sometimes. A huge plus is the convenience of meeting online so there is no need to drive to a group. There is nothing better than getting to know other moms who all know exactly how you feel. Having an experienced IBCLC educating and supporting us is very helpful too”
Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, RLC.
The IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. The RLC stands for Registered Lactation Consultant
Providing breastfeeding help
A review of Lori’s recent professional experience in the field of lactation –
2015-current – Podcast Host of All About Breastfeeding
2013-current – Baby Moon Inn – Staff Lactation consultant
2009 – Online Breastfeeding Instructor Aviva Institute
2007 – current – Opened private practice, All About Breastfeeding, which is located in Peoria, Arizona. Complete lactation services include one on one scheduled consults by appointment only, Medela Symphony breastpump rentals, expert nursing bra fitting and breastfeeding classes.
2001 – 2007 – Provided individual lactation consults in a local retail store.
2001 – 2007 – Provided lactation services in the Maternity Unit at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Arizona.
1998 – 2001 – trained under a very experienced IBCLC and received the highest distinction in the field of lactation services – IBCLC, RLC
1987 – 2001 – Assisted mothers and babies as a peer breastfeeding counselor. Please read further for a more detailed biography of Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
Shortly after the birth of her second baby in 1987, Lori has been working with breastfeeding mothers and babies. As a Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified Birth Doula, Lori has assisted hundreds of women with early breastfeeding challenges in her initial role as a peer breastfeeding counselor. In 1998, Lori decided to take formal training to become an IBCLC.
Her first step was to become a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC). As Lori began to understand her limitations as a CBC and recognize the delicate intricacy of the field of lactation, she decided to take the plunge and formally apply to the International Board of Certified Lactation Examiners to become an IBCLC. Lori was extremely fortunate to find an experienced and dedicated IBCLC to mentor her.
Under her mentors guidance, Lori studied and worked with breastfeeding woman in a variety of settings. Lori spent the next two years gleaning experiences interning in several hospitals, Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) offices, observing other IBCLC’s in lactation clinics and private practices. Lori recognized the need for breastfeeding mothers to have ongoing support in their early breastfeeding experiences. Lori worked together with other IBCLC’s in forming hospital based breastfeeding mothers groups. These groups were highly successful and continue to flourish nine years later.
In 2001, Lori passed her boards and received the highly respected title of IBCLC ( International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). IBCLCs are required to renew their certification every 5 years. Lori continues to meet these requirement and has recently been recertified by the exam she took in July 2011. Her certification is now valid until 2021. Since 2001, Lori has met with approximately 8,000 mothers who have scheduled a private consult to help assist in their breastfeeding challenges. Since 1998, as an IBCLC employed at Phoenix Baptist between 1999 and 2007, Lori consulted with over 7,000 mothers during their hospital stay. Teaching breastfeeding classes have been a part of her everyday work and cumulatively Lori has taught well over 1,000 classes. Sharing accurate and current information, using evidence based research is a source of pride with Lori, to ensure parents have the very best information and are empowered to make the best decision for their family. Lori lives with her husband Alan and is surrounded by her 3 children, ages 31, 29 and 26, who all live in close proximity to her. All three children were breastfed until they self weaned. Lori holds a membership in the following professional organizations.
Local Organizations & International Organizations
International Lactation Consultants Association-www.ilca.org is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Our vision is a worldwide network of Lactation professionals. Our mission is to advance the profession of lactation consulting worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research.
International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners – http://www.iblce.org envision a world where breastfeeding is the cultural norm. Our mission is to develop the internationally recognized certification standard and award credentials to individuals who demonstrate competence in providing breastfeeding assistance to mothers and children worldwide
USLCA – United States Lactation Consultants Association-
http://www.uslca.org– We know that IBCLCs are valued recognized members of the health care team and our mission is to build and sustain a national association that advocates for lactation professionals.
Toastmasters International: aztoastmasters.org
– Toastmasters International is a worldwide, non-profit educational organization that has helped thousands of people improve their listening, thinking, speaking, and leadership skills. Their mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
What people are saying about Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
“Lori is truly the Mercedes in the breastfeeding community 🙂 Lori was there on day 2 of my baby girl’s life. She asked me to demonstrate the feeding that my baby and I were sharing. After a close watch she suggested a change. That change saved both my breasts from pain and my baby from starvation! Lori will be there right after delivery for my future child”
“I would highly recommend Lori to anyone struggling with breastfeeding. Lori was extremely informative and made me feel comfortable and confident that we could improve our situation. She answered all my questions and made sure to follow up after the appointment with helpful information and videos. Thank you Lori!”
“I didn’t think I needed to take a breast feeding class because breast feeding is so natural. My doctor recommended Lori’s class to me and I’m glad she did. My husband and I had a one on one class/meeting due to my husbands crazy work schedule. Lori was super nice and made us feel so comfortable and answered any silly questions I had. She taught us tons, things I wouldn’t have even thought of. It was well worth the time and money!”
Advocating for the breastfeeding family.