RN, BSN, IBCLC
Nicole Kreps is a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Nicole received her Bachelors in Nursing from San Diego State University in 2005. While in nursing school she held an internship on a labor and delivery unit. After graduation she worked as an RN in the emergency department, intensive care unit, recovery room and as a critical care transport nurse. After having children of her own she went on to complete her lactation consultant training and certification at the University of California, San Diego, including clinical training at the Kaiser Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic.
Nicole lives in Bay Park with her husband, Jeremy, twin boys, Logan and Bryce, and daughter Mackenzie. She spends her free time hiking, camping, backpacking, enjoying the beach, embarking on adventures and attending her children’s soccer, baseball, karate and dance activities.
I became the mother of twin boys in 2011. My pregnancy had gone smoothly, the nursery was all set up, and I was eager to give birth. Though my delivery didn’t unfold in alignment with my birth plan, I couldn’t have been happier to be holding my two sweet baby boys in my arms.
However, when it came to breastfeeding my babies, those first few days in hospital were grueling and I continued the struggle to learn to breastfeed on my own at home. By the time my twins were 2 weeks old I was in excruciating pain, my babies were not growing, and I was physically and emotionally exhausted.
As determined as I was to breastfeed my babies, I had completely lost my way. After the birth not going as planned, and then the feeding not going as planned, I felt like a failure as a new mother and was devastated. To make matters worse, I was starting to slip into a black hole of postpartum depression. On the verge of giving up all hope on being the breastfeeding mom I had envisioned myself to be, I remembered that I’d been given the phone number of a lactation consultant whom I had met through my childbirth class.
My lactation consultant was a beacon of light in the darkness of early motherhood. She identified tongue ties in both of my boys and helped me develop a plan to get my breastfeeding on track. Through her mentoring, guidance, and unrelenting support, I successfully breastfed my boys until just before their second birthday, at which time they self-weaned, which worked out perfectly because by then I was seven months pregnant with my daughter. I am forever grateful for the encouragement and understanding, and for the wisdom my lactation consultant imparted to me. Through effective techniques and persistence she set me on a path to not only meet, but exceed my breastfeeding goals. She also connected me with other resources, a network of professionals and other supports, but she, herself, was the linchpin to my success.
This life-changing experience inspired me to become a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC). I wanted to be for other nursing mothers what my lactation consultant was for me--a lifeline, that beacon of light. During my pregnancy with my daughter, I began my education for my CLEC certificate. That education combined with the mentorship I received from my lactation consultant allowed me to enjoy a very successful and fulfilling breastfeeding experience with my daughter. Even though she was my third child and I had all that education and experience behind me, I still needed some help. With just a few minor tweaks my journey went much more smoothly.
When my daughter was two years old, I finally went back to school to complete my coursework and successfully pass my test in order to obtain my credential as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). To give a bit more background, I have spent my career taking care of people. As an RN with a BS in Nursing, I have over 12 years experience as an ER, ICU, and recovery room RN. Caring for others is what I was born to do. It is my calling. Having children of my own helped me find a passion for lactation support, education, and advocacy. I would not be the mother I am today without the help of a lactation consultant. I have since vowed to one day be like her, offering my services to mothers in need of help. I intend to pay it forward by helping you, by throwing you that lifeline that once saved me.