Flower; C15, M22, Y 38, K0
Center: C13, M64, Y61, K0
Milk: C0 M0, Y0, K0
Words: C0, M0 Y0, K100
Other colors used in promotional materials:
background: C6, M7, Y14, K0
poster: C25, M77, & 72, K14
Poster: C23, M54, Y47 K 1
poster: C25 m 74, Y70, K 12
For Annie---My Bio
Susan Howard, RN, MSN, IBCLC, is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and owner of Arlington Lactation & Feeding Therapy based in Northern Virginia. She is passionate about nuturing moms, feeding babies, and supporting breastfeeding. Susan proudly calls herself a "lacto-geek" and loves to talk about babies, breasts and feeding. She possesses a special interest in tongue ties and supporting babies with dysfunctional sucking skills. Working with medically complex mothers and babies, including NICU graduates, reflux babies, slow gainers, and bottle refusing babies is her forte.
Mentoring nursing mothers navigate the transition back to work also brings her great joy.
Susan holds a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor's of Science in public health from James Madison University. Before obtaining her certification as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, she worked in the non profit sector advocating for public health policy. After a career change and to pursue a pursuing a nursing degree, Susan worked as a Labor & Delivery nurse. Her favorite moment as a L&D nurse was that magical moment when a newborn first latched. Susan took a brief hiatus from maternal -child world to pursue clinical reseach working on bringing new drugs to market. The experience has proven invaluable undrstanding the relationship with breastfeeding and medications. After the birth of her babies, she returned to maternal child nursing teaching childbirth and breastfeeding classes. She moderated a New Parent Support Group where feeding was always a hot topic.
She started to purse the lengthy process of certification and stalled at logistics of an unpaid internship. She took it as a sign that this was the right career move after finding nearly $5,000 in cash. Susan obtained her certification in 2011 as a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2013 she opened Arlington Lactation and saw her first client. Since then she has helped hundreds of families reach their breastfeeding goals.
Susan has a special interest in tongue and lip ties. She recently attended the ‘TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training’ in July 2018 and became certified as a ‘TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Trained’ professional.
In additon, she has attended the Master Class for Lactation Consultants, a program for advanced lactation training.
Benefits of a RN/IBCLC?
What is the benefit of having your lactation consultant also be a Registered Nurse? I'm a licensed professional trained to perform compreshensive assessments of you and your baby. I am specially equipped to help manage ALL lactation scenarios ranging from general concerns to more complicated and high risk situations.
Nurturing mothers, feeding babies, supporting breastfeeding
We know babies, we know boobs, we know breastfeeding. We can help.
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Testimonials for Annie
Susan has saved my breastfeeding relationship with my child more than once. She is highly trained, experienced and compassionate. I saw several IBCLCs before Susan, and it was night and day. She is THE area expert on breastfeeding in my opinion. Her classes are fantastic and her weekly groups at Virginia Hospital Center are so supportive and informative. I learned something new every time.
Susan was a phenomenal help to us navigating a dysfunctional latch and tongue tie. Still nursing at 18 mo. and the journey and her support was so vital to our success
Susan is amazing! Beyond knowledgeable, extremely helpful and I would recommend her to anyone!
Susan is skilled, kind, and reassuring! Our daughter lost too much weight after birth, and I was panicky about breastfeeding. Susan got us on the right path, and our little girl gained weight like a champ. And I felt much more confident. I recommend Susan without reservation! Susan's advice is thoroughly evidence-based. She is careful to distinguish between what could be helpful, according to anecdote, and what comes from studies. Her emails include citations! For a new parent trying to wade through conflicting advice, this focus on science is so reassuring.
I am a healthcare professional and I am thoroughly impressed with Susan's professionalism and expertise. Susan picked up a posterior tongue tie on my daughter that 3 other lactation consultants did not. She is a well connected consultant who referred us to the most amazing pediatric dentist who treated my daughter. She not only helped with breastfeeding but her background in nursing helped us realize our daughter had acid reflux. She is extremely thorough and evaluated my daughter and I. After our first meeting I could not wait for the next. She has a wealth of knowledge and is the best support system during the struggles of breastfeeding. Her groups and classes at VHC are amazing!
Susan is an amazing lactation consultant! She has helped me with both of my babies and her knowledge and ability to diagnose issues is impressive. My first baby had a posterior tongue tie, upper lip tie and lower lip tie and we were completely reliant on the nipple shield - Susan helped identify these issues and with the right providers to get them fixed. I went on to nurse my first until 27 months. My second was born premature (32 weeks) and provided a similar yet different set of challenges - still had ties, but also working on suck and proper latch and getting off the nipple shield. I would not go to anyone else. Susan is a wealth of knowledge and advice. Her bedside manner is warm and open. She listens to all of the small details and helps trouble shoot even the most “minor” problems. If it wasn’t for Susan, I wouldn’t have nursed my first for as long as I did, or be exclusively breastfeeding my second (preemie / NICU babies have a high rate of exclusive pumping!).
Susan is incredible! She took care of me and my then 3 day old! I felt like I was not going to be able to breastfeed even one more day with the way my nipples felt! This is my second child and i really thought I would be able to breastfeed with no issues since I had experience but clearly that was not the case. She taught me how to properly position my little girl so that I was not hurting my back and helped us get a deep and comfortable latch. She took her time and made sure I was prepared with all of the essentials in case I should have any issues at home, even going as far as making a reminder video for me to look back at. Whenever I have a day where things get tough I always think back to what she taught me and am able to quickly correct the problem myself, had I not seen her early on these little problems that pop up would've given me a reason to give up but thanks to her, I can now happily say that I have been breastfeeding for 3.5 months strong and do not see an end in sight. Thank you so much Susan!!!!
Susan came over for a home visit yesterday and brought her calm confidence and friendly can do spirit! She helped me and 3 week old Grant, confirmed some of my “mom’s intuition” and offered helpful and doable solutions to some of our challenges. Looking forward to group and learning more from Susan and other moms!
Susan is the best! She helped me through a very difficult time with my first born which contributed to me successfully breastfeeding for over two years. Most recently, she helped with my one week old to ensure we were off to a good start. She provides fabulous support for breastfeeding as well as general advice and support for being a new mom. I highly recommend her services, classes, and support groups!