I provide Lactation services and education in the comfort of your home. Serving lower Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY In Network with Aetna
My Qualifications and Philosophy Cathleen Walker, MA, RNC, IBCLC Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant
My philosophy regarding the breastfeeding relationship is that it should be enjoyable and pain free. I have always believed that feeding your baby is an intimate and powerful life event whether or not it is from the breast or from a bottle. Choosing the right method or combinations of methods is important for the health of the parents and baby. Ultimately a feeding plan that is comfortable and rewarding for everyone is the best choice. I support all choices.
I received my Bachelors in Nursing in 1996 and have been practicing in the field of Maternal-Child Health ever since. I earned my IBCLC Certification in 2009. I have been working with breastfeeding mothers and babies my entire nursing career. I also have a love of teaching. I earned my Masters Degree in Nursing Education in 2012 and enjoy imparting my knowledge and passion to the next generation of nurses. As a Registered Nurse in Obstetrics, I can bring an extra level of care when evaluating the mother-infant dyad and family. I am certified in Maternal-Child Nursing. I am a member of AWHONN and ILCA and USLCA. I participate in evidence-based practice and enjoy researching and implementing strategies and interventions that improve patient and client experience and outcomes.
What is IBLCE? IBLCE®, or the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, is the independent international certification body conferring the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) credential. What is an IBCLC? International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings, while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.
"As a first time new mom, breastfeeding was very important to me. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I also found myself triple feeding and riddled with anxiety after my son's birth. The minute I first spoke with Cathy on the phone, I started to feel better- not just because she was a compassionate and supportive resource, but also because she offered a concrete plan and actionable items to help our family move forward. Cathy was communicative and always available to offer help, or to refer us to someone who could, if additional specialists were needed. Cathy is wonderful with both adults and babies and I felt totally at ease when she was working with my son and with me. I would recommend her (and have already) to anyone who could benefit from her services! ~ Sarah"
"Cathy was very sweet, patient and knowledgeable! She gave me Great recommendations and information that have helped me a lot so far! She also answered all of my questions and gave me extra resources. I'm very appreciative and would definitely recommend her. It was very helpful to have a lactation consultant come to my house because after labor I was sore so it was great having someone come to me and also helping me in my house was great because she set me up in my own surroundings with which I'm most familiar." ~ Jessica