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Provider Spotlight: Meghan Johnson, IBCLC

Provider Spotlight is a series featuring the fantastic healthcare providers and specialists in the Mahmee network.

Meghan Johnson is an international board certified lactation consultant specializing in tongue tie and related feeding concerns, and she is a member of the lactation team at My Nursing Coach in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Meghan JAs a transplant to California from Atlanta,GA, I am delighted to be with the My Nursing Coach team. It is a truly wonderful working with a team that shares my philosophy on mothering and breastfeeding.

I believe that breastfeeding is a communal, yet lost art. Many women know the benefits and theory behind breastfeeding, but have no practice or knowledge on how it is actually carried out. I was one of those moms!

With my first child, I did not have any support with nursing. Heck, I didn’t even know that breastfeeding support existed. I had struggle after struggle and I quickly became frustrated with the experience. Needless to say, I did not meet my breastfeeding goals. Not long afterwards, I found myself holding another positive pregnancy test. My first thoughts were joyful and exciting. Then I thought of breastfeeding. I was determined to meet my goals. As I sought out books, classes and support groups, I discovered the valuable resource of the IBCLC and a lactation consultant.

I remember feeling empowered and confident after my second child came into this world. That child was breastfed for 3.5 years, much longer than my initial goal.

I always want to leave each mother feeling empowered and confident in her decision to feed her child the way she wants to, despite some negative influences in our culture. As a lactation consultant, it is not my goal to sell you on breastfeeding. My mission is to make sure you feel supported and cared for with whatever feeding method you choose. I want you to meet your personal goal, whatever that might be.

The icing on the cake for me is when a client sends me a picture of their happy, healthy baby, thanking me for validating them and helping them through a tough time. In return, I see these same moms supporting and lifting up other new mothers with the same care and compassion that I provided for them. I see the village forming within the community and it reassures me that I have indeed found my calling.

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A collage of the photos I’ve received from new families I’ve helped over the years.

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Qualifications:

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant- 2013
  • Breastfeeding specialist certification- 2013
  • Certified Lactation Counselor- 2011
  • American Heart Association CPR certified

 

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Gold Member International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP)
  • Member Ankyloglossia Professionals Support group
  • Former Chair of Tongue-Tie SIG of SouthEastern Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA)
  • International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
  • United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)
  • Co-Founder West Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

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