Lara is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in Portland, Oregon. She fell in love with the idea of helping families achieve their breastfeeding goals when she struggled with breastfeeding her own 1st born. There was surprisingly little support and when she finally found someone to help, it was life-changing for her and her son. After 2 more babies and a total of 10 years of breastfeeding, she decided to make the dream a reality and began the formal education to become a Lactation Consultant. It took 5 years but was worth every second! Lara received her clinical training as a Peer Counselor at Multnomah County WIC (Women Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program) and at the Nursing Mother’s Counsel of Oregon. Lara spent much of her time supporting women during their pregnancies through prenatal classes and developed a passion for educating families during this important time. During the postpartum period, Lara worked with families in clinic, at home and on the phone, supporting their efforts to meet their specific breastfeeding goals. Lara brings her wealth of experience with her to every client, as well as warmth and humor. She creates a relaxed and comfortable environment during a time that can be joyous, exciting, stressful and scary all at the same time.
When not working in the world of breastfeeding, Lara can be found running, skiing and spending time with her 3 boys, husband and (female) dog in Portland.