Jenna Ikuta, Manager,

San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force

Jenna Ikuta is mama to two beautiful daughter under 2, a proud Navy wife, and extremely passionate about breastfeeding and breastfeeding education. This passion began at an unusually young age. While most teenagers are more concerned with their new driver's license, 16-year-old Jenna was interviewing surgeons across four counties to make sure whoever performed her breast reduction surgery gave her the best chance to nurse her future babies.

Her determination continued when she was pregnant with her first daughter and started to prepare for baby's arrival. Her husband was deployed, so she read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Reduction, and attended La Leche League meetings. She learned all she could about birth, medical interventions, and unmedicated childbirth. After her daughter's birth, all that education and professional support she knew to seek was invaluable as they struggled with almost every issue possible: suggestions of low supply while still at the hospital, food allergies in mother and baby, lip and tongue ties, supplementing with her own pumped milk through a supplemental nursing system, mastitis (3 times!), cystic breasts, and scars due to her earlier breast reduction.

Instead of giving up, Jenna grew even more committed. The more she learned, the more she wanted to make sure other mothers were getting good information. Her 18-month journey of nursing her first daughter was only interrupted by her pregnancy with her second, and she was more prepared the second time around. She brought her passion to the Birth Education Center as their marketing director, and now she is excited to educate the public as the manager of the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force.