Leah Jolly - BA, IBCLC, RLC
My journey towards Lactation consultant work started with my love for science. I grew up thrilled with anything science and nature. I explored my world with the eyes of a scientist. As I moved through my school aged years my interest grew and I was drawn into science as a career path in college. I began college sure I wanted to work with animals but after a year of veterinary nursing school I was not so sure. I found myself more drawn to human life and sciences. So I transferred to University of Houston Clear-Lake and acquired a degree in Biology.
In my last year of college, I met and married my husband. We started our family a year later. My first breastfeeding experience came when my first son arrived and due to his oral motor hypotonia, we struggled a great deal. With a lack of support to continue through the struggles, we only had 4 weeks of breastfeeding. I was devastated and determined to have a different experience the next time. When my second arrived in 2003, after a very traumatic birth, breastfeeding started on another difficult path. Determined to not give up, I sought the support of my local La Leche League group and this is where it all began. Even though we still had a very difficult time breastfeeding, the support and encouragement made it all so much easier! After a year with the group, I began my work to become a leader.
We had two more children, in 2005 and 2009, and with each one my breastfeeding experiences became more and more positive and less difficult. I continued my work with La Leche League and loved helping moms achieve their breastfeeding goals. I was so rewarded to give back what was given to me! In the fall of 2010 I decided I wanted to be able to help moms even more and made plans to sit for the 2011 IBCLC exam. My dreams have come true beyond measure! I absolutely love working as an IBCLC. I love empowering moms to listen to their own voice and their baby. It is a joy to be such a special part of the mothering journey! Daily, I am amazed at the strength and perseverance of mothers. I look forward to many years of working with moms and babies!