Licensure: IBCLC, licensed Midwife and Professional Certified Midwife. Will be working with La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Northwest New Mexico First Born
The Navajo Breastfeeding Coalition
The Navajo Breastfeeding Coalition (NNBC) mission is to “improve the nutritional status and overall health of families on the Navajo Nation."
Jana BaileyIBCLC, RN, LLCP
Claire Barrett BettlerCNM, IBCLC
Community-based reproductive health, midwifery, & lactation care & support.
Sandra Jean TaylorIBCLC, CSOM. CST
Sandra Jean Taylor BS, IBCLC, CSOM, CST is Albuquerque's only International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is also a Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology. She works with families across the lifespan, from latch to lip seal. I have a B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of New Hampshire. My course of study included both clinical nutrition therapy as well as holistic approaches. I pride myself in staying up to date with both clinical research and food trends. The field of nutrition is forever changing and the body of knowledge growing. I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2014. As part of my path to becoming an IBCLC, I took the Certified Lactation Educator Counselor or CLEC course from the University of California, San Diego. I was also a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for Albuquerque’s Northwest Valley office for 3 years. As my lactation practice grew and evolved I began to learn more and more about how the tongue worked and how much it impacts our overall health. I knew I needed to learn more about the tongue and orofacial complex. I am a graduate of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences Certified Specialist in Orofacial Myology (CSOM) Summer 2019 cohort. The main instructor for that certificate is Sandra Coulson of the Coulson Institute in Denver, Colorado. Sandra is a pioneer in the field of orofacial myology and I have been honored to study under her. Through my course of study in orofacial myology, I took the leap and have enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University for Speech Language Pathology. My goal is continue my work with infants and young children and increase my skills in feeding therapy and oral motor development.
Catholic Nursing Mothers League
Gina Peterson, BS, IBCLC is the mother of five children, was an LLL leader for 12.5 years, has been an IBCLC since 2007 and is the executive director of the Catholic Nursing Mothers League. The Catholic Nursing Mothers League, founded in 2006, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of New Mexico. CNML provides breastfeeding information and support to nursing moms and also supports them in their faith journey. CNML has a Facebook group with over 1K members, a regularly updated website, 2 online meetings per month, and 15-20 CNML mentors/groups in the USA and in India. CNML also mails out gift packages with breastfeeding books, nursing mother gift bags, and prayer shawls.
Breastfeeding consults in person, virtual, prenatal, help for challenging feeding situations and answers to unanswered questions
Kelley BaerIBCLC, CHLC, LCCE, CSOM
Kelley Baer has nearly 30 years experience supporting breastfeeding families. She uses a holistic approach which, together with her background in infant development, childbirth education, and understanding of oral and facial structure, creates a unique depth of knowledge. In-home visits are possible in the Las Cruces, NM, area; local arrangements can be made if coming from out of town; or a telehealth session can be arranged.
Natalie SwartBS, IBCLC, CLE
Condola GarrettRN IBCLC
We are Milk It Lactation Services LLC (Milk It). We know that, while breastfeeding is an amazing experience for the mother and child, it is not always easy. To give you the best infant feeding experience, we provide both in-person as well as virtual lactation consultations from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Milk It is proud to provide personalized, one-on-one, evidence-based and, compassionate care to help you reach your feeding goals. From initiating breastfeeding to weaning your baby, it’s an honor to support you on your lactation journey!
Hope LoggheIBCLC, LMT
Provides virtual lactation consults, home visits with limited slots each week, and phone support. Also provides lactation support to families who are bereaved and education to hospital staff on Lactation After Loss support.
Kimberly SmetzerRN, BSN, IBCLC
Kimberly Smetzer has been working with breastfeeding families form 25+ years . Kimberly works out of several pediatric offices in the Las Cruces area allowing for insurance billing including Medicaid. Kimberly also host the Baby Café at Little Steps Pediatrics, 1130 Commerce, Las Cruces, NM every Wednesday 11:30-1:30 for free lactation support to the community.
United Way Santa Fe County
Christina AverhartCLC, LLCP
Spirited Wellness aims to provide relaxation during the prenatal period, and rest during the postnatal period, for both parents. This is achieved through massage, yoga, lactation counseling and traditional African/African American healing rituals, and more.
Southwest Pueblo Consultants & Counseling Services
Siboney RodriguezLMSW, CLC, Innate Postpartum Provider, PAIL advocate
Mother centered care sources from traditional practices to support the health and wellness of families. Holistic postpartum, lactation, loss and well women care.
Aspen MirabalIndigenous Breastfeeding Counselor
Proving FREE ~indigenous~ based lactation education for surrounding tribal members. For all Non-Native- $25/hr
Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc., WIC Program
Ora NezIBC. LEC, Doula
I am a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with the Navajo Nation WIC (NNWIC) Program. I have extensive experience with breastfeeding my own children and have worked for the NNWIC for 14 years. I provide Breastfeeding education to prenatal and postpartum women on the Navajo Nation.
Melissa Marie LopezCLC
Kindra DavisM.S, CCC-SLP, COM
Speech Pathologist, Orofacial Myologist, and feeding specialist.
William BowenMedical Doctor
Family physician who delivers and cares for moms and babies, special interest in lactational medicine
Nandi Andrea M. HillLM, CPM, BC
Choosing a natural birth in your home or birth center and/or a birth suite, is a healthy and safe option, for you and your baby. At, WADADA( WaH-DA-DA=love) Midwife Care. I strive to give you the best individualized care. Every time a baby is born, a mother/person, and family is born. Everyone deserves a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Claire Barrett BettlerCNM, IBCLC
Community-based reproductive health, midwifery care, & lactation support.
Jennifer GerardAPRN, FNP-C, IBCLC
Virtual care/telemedicine visits for healthcare during lactation and evaluation/treatment of conditions associated with lactation. Virtual lactation consultations and perinatal education also available. Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the state of New Mexico and certified as an IBCLC. Telemedicine services available state-wide.
Lactation Consultants who have the initials IBCLC or RLC after their names have completed rigorous training, including hundreds of hours of supervised experience, and passed a certifying exam given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, which is independently accredited. This is the highest level of professional lactation qualification, and those holding it are required to recertify every five years. An IBCLC may charge a fee, which may not be covered by insurance.
Read more about the IBCLC credential here.
Breastfeeding Counselors and Educators
Breastfeeding Counselors and Educators come from a variety of backgrounds and training programs. Such training includes classes or coursework, and may or may not include hands-on experience with nursing mothers and babies. A person listed in this section may hold a certificate saying they have completed a course or series of courses; the certificate may also show that the person passed an exam.
These Counselors and Educators will list credentials like Certified Lactation Counslor (CLC), Certified Lacation Specialist, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), etc. Because these are offered by different organizations, with different requirements for training and for certification, it is best to read about the training of each type of Breastfeeding Counselor and Educator here.
Free Community Breastfeeding Support Counselors
Free Community Breastfeeding Support Counselors are women who have received training from a specific organization, and have often breastfed their own babies. Some of these organizations require the Counselor to keep up-to-date with continuing education. These Counselors provide support about situations that may arise over the normal course of breastfeeding, and can guide a nursing mother in seeking help from a professional when needed. They may be available for phone help, in support group settings, and will sometimes provide home visits. This support is usually free (some may ask for coverage of expenses like parking if required when doing a home visit).
Free Community Breastfeeding Support Counslers may be trained by national organizations like Breastfeeding USA and La Leche League, or local ones. Read more about various volunteer training programs here.
Medical Professionals listed on ZipMilk are people who have a medical credential and have expressed an interest in breastfeeding. They might include doctors, midwives, osteopaths, or dentists.
As with non-medical practitioners, the most rigorous professional certification in breastfeeding is the IBCLC. Doctors may also be members or fellows of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, a world-wide organization of MDs interested in breastfeeding. Please note that a medical credential by itself does not show that the person has breastfeeding expertise. A Medical Professional who is listed here should tell you about their additional experience or training in breastfeeding.
Read more about various credentials you may see in addition to a practitioners medical degree here.
Support Groups on ZipMilk might be led or facilitated by a person from one of several different backgrounds. The person might be a volunteer counselor, IBCLC, Peer Counselor or CLC, or something else - feel free to ask about a facilitator's training if it is not clearly stated.
Support Groups offer a chance to meet other mothers and get advice on breastfeeding from both peers and experts. Group times and locations are subject to change. Please call to confirm these before attending a meeting. Groups run by volunteers are usually free. Groups run by hospitals or businesses may have a charge or require registration.
Read more about the training of the people who might run these Support Groups here.
WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator
WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators oversee programs that support breastfeeding mothers enrolled in the federal program for Women, Infants, and Children. Many WIC offices have peer counselors who can provide support for nursing families. Search ZipMilk for your local WIC office to find out what services are available.
Read more about the training program for WIC Peer Counselors here.