An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the gold standard in lactation care. These professionals have 2+ years of college courses in social and physical sciences, 90+ hours of breastfeeding education, and at least 1,000 contact hours advising breastfeeding moms and babies. They also have to pass an exam every 10 years to re-certify. 

​​Who is Sarah Ward, IBCLC?

Celebrating Every Drop!

Who is an IBCLC anyway?

​​​Breastfeeding my first child was not easy.  In fact, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  He just wouldn't nurse from me, and right from the start too.  So I pumped exclusively and hoped that he would come around.  At 2 months and 1 day, he did! And it was everything I wanted it to be! Looking back I can see that it was just his way.  Turning up the pressure will shut him down; nurturing a calm environment invites him in. It's crazy to think these newborn babies know exactly what they are doing, but they do!

I wanted to help others feel the same sense of accomplishment, so I became a La Leche League Leader in 2007. This international, all volunteer, mother-to-mother support group helped me find my calling.   Since then I have helped hundreds of women breastfeed their babies, over the phone and email and in person too.  In 2013, I certified as a Lactation Counselor (CLC) and began to collect the necessary requirements for sitting for the IBCLC exam.  In 2014, I passed the IBCLC exam and received my credential!  Now that my own babies are grown up a bit, I can earn a living doing what I love.  It really doesn't get any better than that!

Whether you have known me a lifetime or if we have just met, most folks would say that I am kind and gentle and ooze TLC.  It's just my way and it works for me.  But I am also cautious and will not hesitate to tell you if something concerns me.  I want what is best for mother, baby, and the breastfeeding relationship, in the short term and over the long haul.  I weigh heavily what mothers' intuition tells me and use evidence based practices to guide my advice.  Ultimately, I am a consultant who gives information for mothers to use in their decisions.

Sarah Ward, IBCLC

(850) 764 5517

(850) 7MI LK17

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