Hi! I'm Sarah!
2 energetic kiddos call me mama. I'm vegan and passionate about healthy living. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Birth and Postpartum Doula.
Born and raised in upstate New York, I grew up playing in snow banks taller than myself. After high school, I studied Human Services with a concentration in Child Development at Cazenovia College.
I spent a few years after college raising and homeschooling my two children. My passion for all things birth and health lead me to certify as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. I worked exclusively providing birth and postpartum services in New York and later in Texas for four years. During this time, I provided childbirth and breastfeeding education, and counseled women during the postpartum period. I became deeply passionate about serving the women in my community.
I always planned to breastfeed my children. My mother successfully breastfed all her children including myself. Because of her experience, I assumed that I would as well.
Little did I know that it would be an uphill battle. I struggled with latch and mastitis and so many other difficulties. At the time, my dad was having open heart surgery and my mom was busy caring for him and did not have the time to be there to support me. My husband was in the military and really didn’t know how to help me anyway. I ended up only breastfeeding for 4 months and I pumped whatever I could for about a year. I was devastated, things definitely did not go according to plan.
By the time I became pregnant with my daughter in 2013, I knew that although breastfeeding was natural, it wasn’t always easy. I read several birth and breastfeeding books and tried to plan my birth in a way that I knew would be most beneficial. Things were going great until I was diagnosed with thrush a few weeks in. It really impacted my supply.
Fortunately I knew what to do. I attended my local La Leche League meeting who was run by a woman working toward becoming an IBCLC. She worked with me on a plan to increase my milk supply. With her help and some hard work, I was able to overcome that obstacle and continue breastfeeding my daughter until she was 3 and a half.
It was at that time that I realized I wanted to help other women the way she helped me. I can honestly say, that I may not have continued to breastfeed if it wasn’t for her support. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2015 with the driving my goal to be that support person for other women.
Life moved my family from El Paso, Texas to Spartanburg, South Carolina in May 2018. Once settled, I started working at the Spartanburg County Health Department- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as a Breastfeeding Counselor. This experience deeply rooted my passion for breastfeeding and helping women be successful in my community. I fully submerged myself in the additional studies required by the IBLCE – International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to be a candidate for examination. After completing my 1,000 clinical hours, I sat and passed the board examination in April 2019.
Since becoming an IBCLC, I have been helping women with breastfeeding challenges in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties. In the future, I have plans to certify as a Holistic Nutritionist and provide IBCLC and Nutrition services to families in the Upstate.