Chicago lactation consultants

Chicago Lactation Consultants take pride in their clinical expertise and training, aiding women in the management of complex problems with lactation. We help mothers prepare before giving birth, during the first critical weeks after baby is born, as well as with any issues that may arise in the months or years ahead. We strive to provide compassionate support to lessen the challenge that breastfeeding can be for so many women. Humans have survived from the beginning of time by breastfeeding. It is a unique and beautiful relationship that we love to help establish by listening to the needs of mother and baby. We strive to find a plan that works best for our clients.

Laura is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, first certified in 2006) located in Chicago. She has been working in maternal-child healthcare since 1995. Laura worked with both Lactation Associates and JOC Lactation Consultants before opening her own practice. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rush University. While working as a nurse in Labor & Delivery at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital, she earned her Master of Science degree with a focus in nurse-midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Laura holds Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) licenses in the State of Illinois. While Laura no longer practices midwifery, she maintains that certification as well.

Laura's unique combination of personal and professional experience efficiently resolves most issues that a nursing mother may encounter. She is dedicated to her continued education in lactation and mother/infant health, including tongue tie and related issues, structure and function related to proper latch, and mother/infant gut issues. As a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP), Laura attended its summit held in Montreal in October 2014. The information learned there has provided her with an even deeper understanding of the controversial topic of tongue tie and gave her additional strategies to offer the increasing numbers of mothers and babies struggling with this. These issues, while often critical to breastfeeding success, go beyond the breastfeeding relationship and are critical to optimizing future health.

Our mission is to assist mothers to breastfeed with confidence . . . anytime, anywhere. Laura Coulter, CNM, MS, IBCLC, RLC