Shira Johnson, IBCLC 

Shira Johnson Lactation LLC
Serving Grand Rapids
& West Michigan
 

About Me

My passion is working with and empowering families to meet their unique parenting goals when it comes to nurturing their babies.

I listen to your concerns. I honor every parents' intuition; you know your baby better than anyone else. I work to empower your instincts when it comes to parenting your baby/child. 

Every parent/baby pair is unique, so every case is different.

I provide information, resources and options based on each family's goals, informed by current research and evidence-based practice. 

 

I'm a mom. I'm passionate about the sacred connection between parents and their babies. I grew up in mid-Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan, then traveled, studied and lived all around the U.S. before returning to Michigan with my own family in 2016. I have two daughters, both of whom I breastfed. My own breastfeeding experience sparked my interested in this amazing field. I'm fascinated by the value of breast milk for its nutritional and immune properties, as well as by the important role that nursing and feeding play in bonding and development. I had studied many things (psychology, yoga, massage, nutrition), but hadn't landed on a profession that felt just right until I began supporting parents in nurturing their babies. 

I was fortunate to study lactation under some of the best lactation professionals (IBCLCs, midwives, doulas, naturopaths & herbalists), and graduate from the lactation program at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon in 2016. In 2017 I passed my IBCLC board exam and started my practice. 

I especially love the flexibility of being in private practice, as I'm free to do lengthy visits with my clients, wherever they feel most comfortable. 

What is an IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC, is the highest lactation certification. Other providers (physicians, nurses, midwifes, doulas, etc.) may have varying lactation knowledge and experience, but only IBCLCs meet the rigorous qualifications for classroom education & clinical hours under a mentor before sitting for their board exam. IBCLCs are required to receive continuing education and re-certify every 5 years, so we are usually up-to-date on new research and information. Not all providers are equally educated or experienced, and not all lactation consultants are IBCLCs. If you have already received lactation advice but are still struggling, it is worthwhile to keep looking! 

 
 

Testimonials

"Shira is not only knowledgable but is a real pleasure to work with. She has helped my son & I work through breastfeeding challenges, coordinated care with other providers, and has provided excellent followup.

I can't recommend her enough.

She has made such a difference in our breastfeeding journey, and has provided wonderful encouragement and support.

She is up to date on all the best practices and really knows her stuff!"

 

Contact Me

My passion is supporting parents in meeting their own individual feeding goals, whatever those goals might be.

I will listen to you, and will not pressure you or judge you. 

Lactation consultants are most known for helping with breastfeeding, but IBCLCs also specialize in many other aspects of maternal/baby care, including infant development, breast health, baby weight gain, pumping, formula and bottle-feeding, gassiness or other digestive concerns, weaning, and introducing solids.

I also specialize in working with breastfeeding issues related to oral restrictions, including the often mis-understood and under-recognized tongue tie. 

Let me know how I can support you.

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