I believe 


  • There are many ways to feed a baby. Breastfeeding is one way. Sometimes our plans for how we feed our babies and what we feed our babies doesn't work out as expected. Sometimes the journey is harder than anticipated. Sometimes you need professional help.


  • Mothers are strong, amazing women who want what is best for their babies. 


  • Babies are hard-wired to breastfeed. Feeding is instinctual. Babies are not lazy. A baby who cannot latch well, cannot transfer milk well, or injures the momma while nursing probably needs help.  


  • Breastfeeding is the most "natural" way to feed a baby. "Natural" is not synonymous with easy. For mothers, breastfeeding is not always instinctual.  Breastfeeding is a skill that is best learned by modeling and with guidance.


  • Breastfeeding is about more than just milk. It is a relationship between a mother and her baby. It is not just the number of ounces produced. 


  • Feeding your child is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding aspects of parenting, but it can be stressful, particularly when you are worried about your child's nutritional health.


  • Empowering parents and caregivers with strategies and advise to was the transition from breast to bottle and from milk to solids.​​​

Susan howard,

RN, MSN, IBCLC

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!