I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) that provides confidence building Breastfeeding support to Black women by offering knowledge with a focus of truth, simplicity, and practicality. I do this to empower more Black women to breastfeed to protect the Black woman, Black baby, and Black family.
I was born and raised in Miami, FL and am proudly of Haitian heritage. I was raised by my amazing mother and father and am the youngest of 5 wonderful siblings! Growing up, I had never seen a woman breastfeeding and formula feeding was the norm.
I did not start thinking about how to feed my child until my husband and I were expecting our first. It seems as though as soon as we found out we were pregnant, I suddenly had the urge to breastfeed. Breastfeeding quickly became my first and only option. I had no idea what that entailed but I was determined. So I went online to learn what I could as I powered through the knowledge gap.
Doubt continued to creep in and was hard to shrug it off at times. To ensure my doubt did not take over (and to shut the naysayers up), I chose to take my knowledge a step forward. I chose to become a CLC, Certified Lactation Counselor. Knowledge is power and I needed that knowledge to empower my choices.
I initially very much needed that knowledge to fight back against those who thought my choices were poor. Then I realized I also needed that knowledge to pass on to anyone else who needed it. I became a source of information for those who knew me. It took me a while to realize this knowledge was needed elsewhere. Now I want to become a source of information for anyone in need.
Certified Lataction Counselor
The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, 2016