We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Nicole Kreps joined us on April 10th and started to see her own patients on May 8th. Here is my interview with Nicole. I can't wait for you all to meet her!
Nicole, tell us about yourself!
I was born in New Jersey but raised in the Los Angeles area. After high school I moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University where I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I worked as an RN in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Recovery Room and as a critical care transport nurse. I have 6-year-old twin boys and a 4 year old daughter. After my youngest was born I took a couple years off to be a full time mom. I eventually complete my Lactation Consultant training at UCSD Extension and am happy to now be working in a field that I am passionate about.
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
I faced several challenges in attempting to breastfeed my twins. I was at the point when I thought I was going to quit, but then I remembered that I had been given the phone number for a lactation consultant. Working with her was a turning point for me. She was an important piece of my support network as a new mother. I would like to pay it forward and help other mothers overcome their challenges.
What are you most excited about working for the SDBFC?
I am excited to be part of a group of lactation consultants that are compassionate and knowledgeable. The SDBFC has a strong reputation and therefore also has a wide reach on the population of new mothers in San Diego. I have the potential to help a lot of people reach their breastfeeding goals.
What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding mama?
Surround yourself with supportive people. Whether it is friend or breastfeeding support group being able to relate to other people who know what your are going through can be very therapeutic.
When people offer to help, take them up on it. Having someone bring dinner or lunch is always a great idea. Keep your body nourished. Breastfeeding is hard work!
- Cut yourself some slack. We all have an idealistic image of how we would be as a parent and you will be getting lots of advice about what your “should” be doing. No one is perfect. We are all doing the best that we can. Do what works for you. Just keep trying and keep moving forward.