International Lactation Consultant Association

San Diego, California, United States

Kathy Parkes MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, CHC

Country: USA
Phone number: 210-834-5399


Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) position statement on lactation after perinatal loss requires education and specialized care.

The death of a baby does not preclude a mother’s lactation.  In fact, the potential for mothers who have experienced a perinatal or infant loss to produce milk is high, as full Lactogenesis II–the onset of a copious milk supply–is possible from 12 to 14 weeks of gestation.  Whether or not lactation is to be expected, the grief experienced by a mother who is not able to breastfeed or offer breast milk to her baby is profound.  Therefore, following any loss, appropriate care should be provided to the bereaved mother in making choices to respond to lactation when it occurs.

Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?

Are you an aspiring private practice lactation consultant or have you recently started a lactation consultant business?  If so, this is the book for you!  Author Kathy Parkes has successfully started and run two of her own lactation consulting businesses.  In this book, she she shares her knowledge of everything you need to know in order to start your own business.  Ms. Parkes surveyed 50 private practice LCs who share their insights on running a lactation practice, while providing helpful tips for your own practice.  Covering everything from location to tax issues to social media, advertising and marketing, this book is a must read for those with a breastfeeding entrepreneurial heart.