We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Ali Murray joined us on July 5th and will be doing home visits and office visits starting next week! Here is my interview with Ali. I can't wait for you all to meet her!
Ali, tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and moved to California in 2003 to attend Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate education. After graduation, I moved to San Diego with my, now, husband, and worked as a private nanny before attending the Accelerated BSN program at Cal State, San Marcos. My husband, Matt, and I have been together for over 10 years and we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, other than in beautiful San Diego. On our days off together, we love spending time outdoors hiking and going to the beach with our two dogs, Zoe and Percy.
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
Since I was very young, I have always loved caring for infants and knew I always wanted to pursue a career in which I was able to work with infants in some way. In college, I worked part-time in the infant room at the child development center on campus and also became an after-school nanny for one of the professors. After moving to San Diego after graduation, I continued my work as a private nanny for three years before deciding to attend nursing school, in order to work with infants on a more professional level.
Once I completed nursing school, I recognized the need for more support around new families, so I focused my work on helping new parents get to know, and care for, their babies. It was during this time that I worked with a few breastfeeding families and decided to return to school to learn as much as I could about breastfeeding and lactation. The information I received from the UCSD Lactation Consultant program truly amazed me and I immediately knew I was on the right career path.
What are you most excited about working for SDBFC?
To be able to work with a diverse population of families in our community, and to help them meet their personal breastfeeding goals. I am also very excited to work with a team of experienced, supportive IBCLCs and continue to learn new things in the field of lactation every day!
What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding mama?
Get to know your baby! Each baby is different and has their own, unique personality. Take the time in the postpartum period to read your baby’s cues and learn their “language”. Sometimes it is helpful to put down the books and block out all of the incoming advice so you can truly understand what your baby is telling you.
Trust your intuition and do what feels right for you and your family. Try not to get hung up on what everyone else is doing if it isn’t something you feel comfortable with. Empower yourself with the information to make a truly informed decision. It is OK to do your own thing! At the SDBFC, we will always respect and support your decisions.
- You never have to feel alone in your parenthood journey! Find a support network and seek help from an IBCLC if you are having trouble meeting your breastfeeding goals. My hope is that everyone knows how to access the care they need and deserve during this special time.