Ashley Benz, MA, CLC, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC has a lot of letters behind her name that should tell you she has a passion for helping women experience fulfilling births and nursing relationships. As a nursing mother herself (with three children seven and under and another on the way), she understands and appreciates the wide range of emotional, mental, and physical benefits of normal birth and breastfeeding to both the mother and the child. She has a unique background in Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) in combination with becoming a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and receiving her Master’s in Maternal Health with emphasis in Lactation Consulting. In addition, she received her IBCLC credential after passing the rigorous International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam. In this enlightening conversation, Ashley offers up practical wisdom and researched facts about breastfeeding balanced with a reasonable, respectful approach to the whole process. Whether you are a husband, an expectant mom, a new mom, or a been-there-done-that mom (Lauren and Kara now fall squarely into this category), you will benefit from learning how we can all support each other in this great responsibility called growing and feeding small human beings.
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Resources from this episode: Ashley Benz www.ashleybenz.com; The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative www.babyfriendlyusa.org/about-us/baby-friendly-hospital-initiative/the-ten-steps; IBCLC www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3832