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Hillary Kelly, IBCLC, CPST
My passions in life have always included serving people in the community. When I became a mother for the first time myself, I was amazed by the strength and love I felt for myself and my child. I felt a deep desire to stay connected to that feeling, and to help empower other families.
Struggling through postpartum and breastfeeding while healing physically and mentally felt alienating, and throughout my journey of attempting to meet my personal breastfeeding goals, I realized how many of us were out there in rural West Central Illinois looking for the same connections- especially breastfeeding support! To put it simply, breastfeeding did not come easily for me with any of my four children. My second child was a NICU baby to boot, and after having four very different pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding journeys, I decided to follow my heart and pursue my dream of becoming an IBCLC and to provide support to others.
I have had the privilege of serving my community through peer based support systems, through working in Public Health, and through lactation advocacy roles in my community. I am deeply passionate about educating and empowering people, giving them the tools to make informed choices, and the support to feel confident in their choices. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide evidence-based and unbiased breastfeeding support and education to families in our rural areas!
I am a perpetual optimist! I believe there's always a silver lining, and almost all hurdles an be jumped. A good support system will carry us far! I am available to help in the comfort of your own home, through a virtual space, or wherever you find yourself in need of assistance. Don't hesitate to reach out to talk and ask any questions regarding all things lactation.