We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Stacy Clifford joined us on June 1st and will be doing home visits on office visits starting next week! Here is my interview with Stacy. I can't wait for you all to meet her!
Stacy, tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Tempe, Arizona and moved to San Diego in 1999 to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. I love traveling and find every excuse to study or travel abroad. Some of my favorites trips include a semester in Madrid, Spain; volunteer work in the Dominican Republic; studies in Peru; volunteer medical/research trip to Honduras; and most recently my honeymoon in Panama! I got married in March 2015 to the sweetest, smartest, and funniest guy I know. Luckily he loves to travel as much as I do, and his job as a hydrographer (ocean floor charting) takes him all over the world. When we’re not traveling we spend our time walking/biking/hiking around San Diego, attempting home improvements, going to breweries, watching soccer, and spending time with friends and family.
What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?
As a daughter of a mother-baby Registered Nurse who breastfed her own children, I believe I internalized the stories I heard growing up of my mother’s work helping new mothers breastfeed as well as her own breastfeeding experiences and challenges. My mother’s passion and dedication to her patients and her family was extremely influential in my life. I knew I wanted a career where I could similarly give care and support to those in need. I decided to pursue a graduate degree in Public Health, where I went through extensive study and practicums of maternal, infant and child health including breastfeeding and nutrition and began to learn how health professionals could support mothers and overcome barriers. While conducting a lactation research study in Honduras, I spoke with many new mothers about their breastfeeding journeys. This was a beautiful and instrumental experience that further opened my eyes to the challenges, questions, and joys new mothers face while breastfeeding and from there began my pursuit to support mothers during this important time of life.
What are you most excited about working for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center?
To work one-on-one supporting mothers and the chance to work with a team of top-notch lactation experts at SDBFC!
What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding mama?
1. Be patient with yourself. Breastfeeding is a new skill and takes time to master. Know and believe that you are an awesome mama and doing the very best for your baby!
2. Be patient with your baby. Breastfeeding is a new skill for the baby too! Babies eventually become more awake, better at latching, and more patient the older they get.
3. Accept help, especially the kind that includes housework and cooking! And don’t be afraid to ask for breastfeeding help if needed.
Welcome to the team, Stacy!