My name is Nicole Letizia, and I'm a Rockland County transplant from Queens, New York!
My passion for breastfeeding began in 2014, after I birthed my son, Sebastien (pictured with a beautiful latch at 7 days old). As of April 27, 2019 (my son's 5th birthday), my son and I are officially weaned from breastfeeding. It was a long, beautiful and challenging road, but I'm grateful we made it as far as we did! We celebrated our breastfeeding relationship and weaning with a special cake (see below).
After experiencing my own challenges over the first few months, including mastitis, I turned to mom groups on Facebook for breastfeeding advice, and I began to educate myself on certain topics. All of the new information excited me, and I wanted to share it with all of the other moms online!
As I crossed over from breastfeeding an infant into toddlerhood, I realized that this was more than just a lifestyle commitment for a few years. I was truly dedicated to learning and helping others on their nursing journeys.
In 2016, I decided I wanted to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I'd applied and was accepted to UI&U for their Maternal Infant Health: Human Lactation program, but due to financial constraints amongst other issues, I had to find a new route to achieve my goal.
In February of 2017, my mother blessed me by paying for my Lactation Counselor Training Course (LCTC) with the Healthy Children Project, which allowed me to achieve my Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) designation!
In the summer of 2018, I applied to pursue IBCLC Pathway 3, and my application was accepted, and I began immersing myself as much as possible in volunteering and working with my Mentor.
On January 7, 2020, my new nursling, Sulliven, blessed my family! I've also added a latch photo of him at 7 days old. As with nature and biology, our journey is very different! This time around, I experienced difficult latching, a hyperactive supply, overactive letdown, and fast weight gain with my mini, plus a few other issues.
Today, as I update my website on December 5, 2021, a lot has changed in my life. My family looks immensely different, but I am now pursuing my original Pathway 2 dream. I was accepted as a student into Union Institute & University's Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation program, and begin my education on January 3, 2022! When I complete the program, I will have my Bachelor's degree! I also plan on attaining my Master's degree in the future!