Meet our facebook admins
Hand picked to support our membership because of their wealth of experience and expertise, our admins really represent nearly every parenting background we can think of to provide all inclusive, round the clock support to all 1000+ members in our Facebook groups.
Marissa is one of the original Breast Friends. She had an unmedicated, vaginal birth with no interventions at Children's hospital at the end of 2011. Breastfeeding was really difficult at first because of her daughter's wonky latch, but she persisted and after 2 months, they got the hang of it. They breastfed for 30 months until she decided to wean her daughter on her own terms (rather than her daughter's), which is a choice she never thought she'd make.
Christy has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge through her experience with the adoption process. She's learned more than she ever thought possible about navigating the world with a child with special needs; from diagnostic testing to orthotic corrections and early intervention, to tube feeding and blended diets, Christy has truly become a wealth of knowledge for other parents walking a similar path.
Dana had both of her children in the comfort of her own home with her delivery lovingly attended by midwives and is tandem nursing her toddler and newborn. Her quick wit and positive attitude combined with a background in developmental psychology go a long way to helping a new mom calm down when she's panicking about, well, everything a new mom panics about!
Maureen is a mother to two young children. With her first born she did not have the birthing experience she had hoped and dreamed of but was determined to breastfeed successfully. It was through that determination that she breastfed her daughter for 15 months. Maureen spent a great deal of time researching more natural birthing techniques and was able to have an all natural and healthy VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)! She is still breastfeeding her son who is almost 20 months choosing to let him wean himself. Maureen is a Licensed Social Worker who has an extensive background in mental health counseling specializing in women's issues, depression, and trauma.
LeeAnna spent 40 hours laboring in the hospital before her doctor decided to "stretch" her cervix... causing swelling and tearing that led to a cesarean birth for her son. She struggled with an unsupportive and abusive husband, and finally found the strength to leave before her son was 18 months old. LeeAnna and her son have become closer than ever as they started life on their own, and still breastfeed at almost 3 years old, and she's become a wonderfully supportive resource for our group's single mothers as they navigate the foreign world of family court, trying to co-parent in multiple households, and the logistics of being a single parent.
Laura exclusively pumped for the first 3 months of her son's life because she was unable to get him latched successfully after unnecessary bottle feeding while in the hospital after her induction. She had painful and problematic oversupply problems with her milk in the beginning which served to further complicate her situation. With great determination, she finally got him latching and nursing successfully. Her son received her breastmilk up until he was no longer able to process food prior to a heart transplant due to a variety of issues. Laura and her son continue to work through developmental delays as a result of his medical issues and he is now healthy, and making great strides. Laura pieces together different parenting philosophies, based on what works best for her family. She's become a great leader, information resource and beacon of hope for others struggling with medical complications and the world of therapies and procedures for their children.
Kelly planned a homebirth but ended up with a medicated hospital birth instead! She has been successfully nursing for the last 2+ years her daughter despite battling an overabundant milk supply, a double lip tie and use of a nipple shield. Kelly followed an attachment-style of parenting the first couple years of her daughter's life but has shifted towards following an RIE style of parenting these days. Through her varied experiences, she's learned more tricks than she thought possible to troubleshoot nursing and parenting woes and has become a valuable resource for countless parents in Western NY!
Nicole is a mom with 2 babies under 2 years old. She struggled with nursing early on due to a history of breast reduction and subsequent low supply. She has learned not to be so hard on herself because of the supplementation, though it was not an easy road. She tries to be a "go with the flow" parent , but with having two kids, owning a business, and being in graduate school, planning is a must. Nicole's got her Master's in Mental Health Counseling and is working towards a Marriage and Family Counseling degree with the goal of going into Sex Therapy.
Sarah is a stay at home mother to two beautiful little boys, 3 years and 7 months, while she trains to be a yoga teacher. Full term breastfeeding, cosleeping and baby wearing are all survival strategies used when she became an attachment parent in spite of herself. Sarah has been gently educating and supporting our membership since she strolled into her first meeting when her first born was a baby.