Chicago lactation consultants

Chicago Lactation Consultants take pride in their clinical expertise, education and training to aid women in the management of breastfeeding issues, from the common to the complex. 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.

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC, first certified in 2006) located in Chicago. Prior to opening my own practice in 2013, I had the honor of working with both Lactation Associates and JOC Lactation Consultants, as well as Home Healthcare of Newborns and Families, which provided home phototherapy and breastfeeding support to jaundiced newborns. I have been working in maternal-child healthcare since 1995, when I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rush University. While working as a nurse in Labor & Delivery at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital, I earned my Master of Science degree with a focus in nurse-midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I hold Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) licenses in the State of Illinois. While I no longer practice midwifery, I maintain that certification as well.

I am also a mother to 3 amazing children, and my breastfeeding journey started like most - confusing to say the least! Here I was - a labor & delivery nurse and aspiring nurse midwife - and I honestly didn’t have a clue! But luckily for me, breastfeeding was easy and worked very well, while fitting easily into my busy life as a full-time professional and student. I had my challenges, like all mothers do, but my children taught me so much about their needs, which encouraged me to learn everything I could about human breastfeeding - it is so much more than food to our children. Most importantly, I learned to trust my instincts and to trust my children, as they each breastfed far longer than I was aware was even possible. In fact, many mothers I have worked with also find that they breastfeed much longer than they anticipated, once they trust the process and know how breastfeeding can and does work. After all, we wouldn’t be here as a species today if it didn’t! Most IBCLCs come to the profession after their own experiences as mothers; I am no different. That is why I am passionate about helping you achieve the breastfeeding relationship you dreamed of when you became a mother.

My unique combination of personal and professional experience efficiently resolves most issues that a nursing mother may encounter. I am dedicated to my continued education in all aspects of lactation, from common challenges to more advanced issues such as tongue tie and related issues, and structure and function related to proper latch, as well as mother/infant microbiome issues. As a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals (IATP), I attended its summit held in Montreal in October 2014. I am also a member of the International Consortium of Anklyofrenulae Professionals (ICAP), attending its July 2018 conference in Toronto. These affiliations have provided and continue to provide me with a deeper understanding of the controversial topic of “tongue tie” and other tethered oral tissues and provide me with up-to-date knowledge and strategies to offer the increasing numbers of mothers and babies struggling with this anatomical difference. These issues, while often critical to breastfeeding success, go beyond the breastfeeding relationship and are also critical to optimizing future health. I am really interested in our design as a species, and as a science-minded professional, I want to know “why?”, not just provide a quick fix which will be only a temporary solution. My interest in mother/infant health, which impacts breastfeeding, stems from personal and professional experiences and drives my continuing education on nutrition and holistic approaches to handling common challenges breastfeeding mothers face. Whether it’s sore, damaged nipples, poor infant weight gain, supply issues, plugged ducts, mastitis, multiples, pumping, returning to work, or anything else, I am here to help you!

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