Christy L. Van Orman, RN, BSN, IBCLC
After graduation with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing, I worked as a Registered Nurse in the Postpartum Unit, Newborn Nursery, and Intermediate Care Nursery at University of Utah Hospital. The night shift brought frequent opportunities to help mothers breastfeed their babies. This was the beginning of my journey to becoming a skilled breastfeeding helper. After completing the required classroom education and clinical experience, I passed the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
As an IBCLC, I continued to work at University Hospital as a Lactation Specialist. During this time, I also was a Nurse Case Manager in the Reproductive Health Program at the Utah Department of Health. At the Health Department, I promoted breastfeeding as a public health issue through advocacy, creating breastfeeding education materials, and presenting lectures on breastfeeding.
My husband and I are the parents of five beautiful children through adoption and birth. I completely enjoyed breastfeeding my babies, but I know that it is not always easy to get started. While most mothers desire to breastfeed, there can be bumps and detours along the way. Sometimes it takes a skilled helper to get mother and baby on the road to breastfeeding success. As your IBCLC, I will help you achieve your goal of a successful breastfeeding relationship in whatever way you define it, whether it is exclusive breastfeeding or a combination of feeding methods.
As an IBCLC of 16 years, and a Registered Nurse of 21 years, I have the expertise to help you successfully breastfeed your baby. Here are breastfeeding stories from mothers who have worked with me. They all had a goal to make breastfeeding work and, together, we achieved it. Let me help you achieve the breastfeeding success you desire.