Breastfeeding isn't just about milk...

Meet Ashley ~

IBCLC, Lactation Specialist

A Knoxville native, I stayed rooted and graduated from the University of Tennessee as a nutrition major, with a bachelor of science from UT's School of Health & Human Sciences in 2013. I then joined the Knox County Health Department team as a nutrition educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Working one-on-one with numerous families, as well as receiving on-site training, I was proactive in working toward my goal of professing in lactation care and management. I then became certified as lactation counselor in January of 2015, now an IBCLC, and continue education and community involvement. My hope is to be a part of the larger puzzle for helping mothers learn about and achieve their breastfeeding goals for many years to come, so as to start the next generation off the best way possible: nutritionally and sustainably.


Meet Kristin ~

IBCLC, Lactation Specialist

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and have worked in the field for over a decade.  My personal mission is to provide comprehensive, results-based lactation support and education to prenatal as well as breastfeeding moms. I strive to do this with warmth, care and attention to each mother’s individual needs.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a B.Sc. degree in Human Ecology specialized in Child Development. After graduating I spent several years teaching in both Montessori and Waldorf schools. In 2008 after the birth of my second child, I began working as a breastfeeding peer counselor within the Women, Infants, and Children program in the Knox County Health Department.

It was the birth of my own children and the amazing bond established while breastfeeding that drew me into the field of lactation. I enjoyed breastfeeding, babywearing, and also made lifelong friends through a variety of mommy/baby play groups.  Nursing a baby with tongue tie while having the support of a breastfeeding advocate helped me to realize the vital role a good support system can play in a mother’s breastfeeding success.

I began working as a lactation consultant for a free standing birth center in October 2011 and accepted the position as The Director of the Breastfeeding Center in 2013 where I worked until 2016. This experience more than any other developed my skills in managing more complex breastfeeding concerns. As I continue to develop my career in private practice, I am so honored to be a member of the lactation support team within Freespirit Birth!

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