Sarah Hartenberger, IBCLC

After my oldest child was born, we struggled with breastfeeding. I had not prepared, but assumed I’d be okay since my mom had been successful. That was a terrible assumption. My journey nursing my son led to a passion to educate and help other families in their own infant feeding journey.

With over 4 years of personal breastfeeding experience, ultimately leading me to become an IBCLC, I know the real life ins and outs of feeding a baby. From the first days, to being a working, pumping mom, to weaning and everything in between, I’m passionate about it because I’ve lived it. My passion for lactation led me to opening Nurture Lactation in 2019, initially focusing on education, then individual consults.

In addition to being an IBCLC, I hold a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communications and Spanish from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Yes, that means I speak Spanish as well! I continue to build my lactation education through various trainings and continuing education so that I may serve families with the most updated evidence-based research. I share knowledge and information so that you can make the best informed decision for your family’s needs.

Morgan Shippy, RN, IBCLC

In 2017, I graduated nursing school with anticipation and excitement to start my career as an RN in Labor/Delivery/Mother/Baby. I loved being present with laboring mothers, and observing and assisting in births. During this time, I found myself truly enjoying those nights on the postpartum unit helping nursing mothers breastfeed. Between this experience and the very difficult experience of breastfeeding and later exclusively pumping for my daughter, I decided I wanted to pursue the IBCLC certification. I feel incredibly blessed that I have the privilege of getting to help moms in this time of their lives!

Sarah Jane (SJ) Kuipers, IBCLC

n 2015, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I always knew that healthcare was my passion but wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. I always believed in the importance of wholistic, preventative health. When I was pregnant with my son, then after he was born, I felt empowered by what my body was capable of achieving. As I spoke with other parents, I found that their experiences weren’t as triumphant. They felt discouraged, critiqued, and confused by breastfeeding/infant feeding experiences and information given. I felt like families deserved better. I decided to become an IBCLC to empower parents to have the best infant feeding experience of their choice though evidence-based practice and information.

Erin Peterson, BSN, RN, IBCLC

I have been a nurse since 2019 and am still currently working PRN as a NICU nurse. I had some exposure to breast feeding education throughout my job in the hospital but once my son was born it opened my eyes to how much more there is to it! Through all of our struggles I developed a passion for other moms who are struggling and helping them feel supported through education and compassion. Something unique about me is that I am a twin so I have a special place in my heart for twin mamas.

In my free time you will probably find me baking something, listening to an audiobook, or going on an adventure with my family!

Melissa Deets, BSN, RN, IBCLC

I graduated nursing school and began my career as a labor and delivery nurse in 2017. We struggled with infertility over the years but in 2021 we welcomed our first son. Thankfully, through my work experience, I knew that my own health issues put me at risk for low milk supply. In order to give myself the best chance at being successful with nursing, I needed more than just the basic knowledge of breastfeeding that came with my job title. I scheduled a prenatal consultation with a friend and lactation consultant and it was the best thing that I could have done for myself and my son!

Our delivery did not go as hoped and we ended up in the NICU for a week. We struggled with transitioning to breast from NG feeds, weaning from the nipple shield, slow weight gain and a tongue tie. Thankfully, I was armed with a plan to protect my supply from the beginning and a support team to come to our house and help when we were struggling at home. In 2023 we had our second son and have added to our list of experiences: breastfeeding through fertility treatment, through pregnancy, and tandem feeding a toddler and newborn.

 

With 3+ years of personal breastfeeding experience and 6+ years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, I decided to become a lactation consultant because I want to be able to encourage and support others through their own personal journey.

Emily Wegener, BSN, RN, IBCLC, CMSRN

Emily is a dedicated nurse since 2005, a mother of three with personal breastfeeding experience for almost 7 years. As an IBCLC, she empowers mothers to make informed feeding decisions, fostering confidence and empowerment. Emily’s commitment to maternal and child health enriches families in the KC metro and Northland area, showcasing her dedication to making a positive difference.

Lindsay Antes, BSN, RN, IBCLC

I knew I wanted to be a lactation consultant after overcoming triple-feeding with my firstborn in 2013. I had a difficult, medically-complicated pregnancy and expected breastfeeding to go well. When we encountered problems, I was devastated, but getting through them turned out to be incredibly healing and empowering. I went on to nurse my four kiddos for a combined eight and a half years, and I passionately believe that anyone who wants to breastfeed deserves to have the support and resources available to do so!

My professional background is in postpartum nursing. I went to nursing school with the intention of becoming an IBCLC, and graduated in 2018 with my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I firmly believe in advocating for my patients, and I understand that nobody knows you and your baby better than you do.

After working as a mother/baby nurse for three years, I passed the IBLCE exam and have since practiced as a lactation consultant at a local hospital. I am so excited to help families in our community meet their feeding goals!