I became interested in becoming a lactation consultant after the birth of my first child 14 years ago. Our breastfeeding journey was a difficult one. My son had difficulties latching after my long labor and birth and a deep suctioning. We did not have the best of starts nor did we have the support we needed like you find at our wonderful birth center. After he lost a lot of weight, and I needed to start supplementing breastfeedings, my husband and I hired a lactation consultant to come to our home. She was wonderful. She was patient and kind. She didn’t speak down to me. She sat with me as I cried. I will never forget her kindness. Nor will I forget that she saved our breastfeeding relationship.
As the birth of our second son rapidly approached I found out that there was a breastfeeding week long education course that I could take. That was the start of my journey, 11 years ago, toward becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I wanted to help other mothers. I saw the gap in help for breastfeeding. I saw the lack of good knowledge by most care providers. I saw the tears and felt the desire to help fix the issue and dry the tears.
Not only was I determined to help in the community, I ultimately went to nursing school to become a lactation consultant in the hospital. I was so smitten with nursing care that I spent a year working in adult critical care. I learned so much! All of my knowledge working in critical care in Florida as well as neonatal critical care lactation work in Texas has given me an amazing knowledge base to draw on for our patients here at Special Beginnings. I am so blessed to be here to provide lactation help for our patients as well as any other breastfeeding mothers that come to us for help.
Please feel free to call or text me with any questions, concerns, or desires to schedule a lactation appointment at 813-420-8382
Leah Mason-Virgin, IBCLC