Jodi Fan, IBCLC, RLC, DVM
Lactation Support

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I knew right from the start that I wanted to breastfeed. Nothing seemed more natural or perfect to me — providing my baby with everything he would need to thrive and being able to form that special bond with him through nursing would be ideal and "natural". I read all the breastfeeding books that were available, took breastfeeding courses at my local hospital, and felt very prepared and confident all throughout my pregnancy.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that although breastfeeding truly IS the most natural way to feed a baby, it doesn’t always come naturally to a Mother/baby dyad, and there can be a pretty steep learning curve and unanticipated difficulties, no matter how prepared a Mom–to–be is.

When I gave birth in 2003, I experienced many difficulties with breastfeeding. From latch problems to thrush, plugged ducts and mastitis, nothing seemed to be working out as easily as I had expected it would. Feeling alone and ready to throw in the towel, coupled with not being able to find the help and guidance I felt I needed, I vowed that if I could make it through this, I would do everything possible to provide caring support for women whose goal it was to breastfeed their babies and provide them with nature's perfect food — their own milk!

I finished my training to become an accredited La Leche League Leader, and three breastfed baby boys later, I have also passed my board exams to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have assisted over 200 families in the Champaign–Urbana area with achieving their breastfeeding goals. I believe that every Mother (and her family) deserves breastfeeding support, guidance and education both prenatally and postpartum in order to successfully deal with those "bumps in the road" that might make it challenging to experience the pure joy that is breastfeeding. I look forward to being able to help you along your journey!