Amanda P. Wittman is the co-owner of Arlington Lactation and Feeding Therapy. She attended Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, then graduated from The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, with a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology and certification in Auditory Learning with the birth to five population. Amanda worked at The River School in Washington, DC for 9 years. The River School is an inclusive school for children with hearing loss from 6 weeks of age to third grade. She facilitated speech, language, hearing and feeding therapy in the classroom and lead the Parent Infant Program, which supported families of infants with hearing loss.
Amanda discovered her passion for and developed her specialization in the birth to three population through her work with families and babies for the past 11 years. These experiences, helped her clearly see that parent coaching and feeding therapy were quickly becoming her area of specialty. She therefore pursued her certification in early intervention, auditory learning, and feeding therapy. Her area of special interest is in helping parents increase their child's nursing and feeding skills by overcoming sensory issues and oral-motor weakness, in addition to boosting language and early literacy skills. Amanda's holistic approach to treatment encompasses the idea that bringing together parents, siblings, and caregivers is the most efficient and natural way to increase a child's proficiency in skills.
Outside of her work with mamas and babies, Amanda is a mom to two rambunctious toddlers and wife to her better-half. As a Colorado girl, she lives for the outdoors and hiking with her dog. You may see her at her part-time position at a local fitness studio in Arlington, believing that self-care is the best gift a mom can give to her family. Amanda's very own babies are 4 and 1. She has decided to stay home with them as much as possible, and is excited to fill her "professional, working bucket" by helping families and babies with their swallowing and feeding needs
Susan is the founder and owner of Arlington Lactation and Feeding Therapy, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Masters of Nursing Science from the University of Virginia along with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from James Madison University. She is a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, two complimentary hats of which she is immensely proud.
When Susan was 8 years old she announced that she would be a nurse when she grew up. Not just any nurse, a baby nurse. As promised, she began her nursing career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. After starting her own family, she taught childbirth classes and, later, co-hosted a support group for new mothers. Breastfeeding was a hot topic for new mothers and piqued Susan's inner nerdiness about the science of milk-making and the womanly art of breastfeeding. She obtained her certification as an IBCLC in 2011 after the birth of her third baby. Two years later, Susan established Arlington Lactation, LLC, her private practice, dedicated to nurturing mothers, feeding babies, and supporting breastfeeding. In the fall of 2017, Arlington Lactation & Feeding Therapy was born when Susan and Amanda Wittman partnered to further support the complex feeding needs of families.
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 low supply mommas is her forte. Helping nursing mothers prepare for the transition back to work also brings her great joy.
When Susan is not helping families, she is Mom. Mom to 3 school-aged children and a wife to a loving husband with whom she shares the joys and challenges of raising their family. You might find her on a soccer field, at a synchronized swim practice, or at a Scouting event. She has a few hobbies, that someday she will find time to resume, but, for now, her life is full and she cannot wait to help your family!