Jennifer Suffin Lactation Consultant

Offering one-on-one private consultations and group facilitation, including drop-in Breastfeeding Support on Thursdays, Jenn is thrilled to share her warmth and years of experience with our San Francisco DayOne Baby community.  She takes pride in her non-judgemental, individualized approach and feels honored to work with all kinds of moms, babies and families during such a special time in their lives.

What’s Jenn’s favorite advice to give breastfeeding moms?

Ask questions. It can be confusing getting information from a number of sources, both professional and personal. If you need more explanation or something doesn’t feel right, I encourage you to listen to that inner voice.

Everyone has different learning styles, different ways of connecting with others. Some of us need warm nurturers while others need to hear it straight up like it is. This time is such a personal one. Trust your instincts, find your voice and surround yourself with helpful people. DayOne Baby is a great place to start!

“Even before having my own kids, I’d always been the type of person who wants to help others find their way, offering encouragement and support, sprinkled with a little humor. Using my degree in clinical psychology in other treatment realms was fulfilling, but I knew I would eventually be looking for something more. When I became a mother, I experienced both emotional and physical challenges and feelings I previously never knew existed. I believe on some level that I came to this work as catharsis from my own experience, beginning with a desire to educate myself not only about breastfeeding, but parenting in general. As I was growing personally, a good friend found me particularly helpful through her breastfeeding challenges and encouraged me to consider making lactation support my profession, which has now become my passion.

I’m proud of the hard work I put in to acquire the required formal education, clinical skills and certification to become an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. As an IBCLC, the range of my practice gives me the opportunity to embrace the diversity amongst a variety of families and to work with not only newborns, but with babies at different stages throughout their first year and beyond. What I feel really sets me apart is my sincere hope for each family I meet that I offer warm support, gentle encouragement and a true sense of empowerment, while providing practical evidence-based tools to guide you in your individual experience. As I learned myself personally and can speak to professionally, new parenthood is an incredible time with ups and downs we don’t fully realize until we are in the middle of it.  I love what I do and I believe my work reflects that. I look forward to meeting you and helping with your breastfeeding challenges and beyond.”

-Jenn

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