Rachael Birkenhauer, IBCLC
I am a mother, first and foremost just a mom. I have an eight year old who I breastfed before he weaned himself at eight months. Also, a six year old daughter who breastfed until eighteen months . I am a peer counselor; mother to mother connections are my savior in counseling as I can relate to 99% of what you're saying (and thinking!) Breastfeeding is a journey and my journey is now helping mothers in theirs.
I opened Lactation Counseling Services five years ago in an effort to expand breastfeeding support in Wilmington. Achieveing my Certification as a Certified Lactation Counsleor (CLC), in 2014. My passion grew for helping mothers accomplish their breastfeeding goals and normalizing breastfeeding for the next generations! In 2015, I completed our local Peer Counseling Certification Course, focusing on our local WIC and other resources in our community. I've gone on to recieve Certifications in Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and Tongue Tie: Comprehensive Assessment and Care. I am most proud of my accomplishment that took five years to complete. Recently sitting for the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Exam and becoming an IBCLC.
I believe all mother's should have access to lactation support whether in a group setting or privately in a space of their choosing. I am proud to be one of the longest running lactation practices in Wilmington, NC.I enjoy continuing in my lactation education as new research is constantly surfacing.
In the beginning of 2015 I founded The No-Thanks Bank. Our mission is to keep formula samples out of breastfeeding families homes. The formula is distributed to local food banks and shelters for those in need. I most recently partnered with Humanity-now.org to assist in the relief effort for breastfeeding Syrian refugees.
I am a member of The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, an active member of the Port City Breastfeeding Project , and a local La Leche League Leader. I am active in our breastfeeding and natural parenting community. In my spare time, I like to paint, pretend to have a green thumb and collect shells at the beach with my two kids and spouse.