Becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) requires several years of study and clinical practice specifically in lactation. This education is followed by a certification exam and continuing education and recertification requirements. An IBCLC is a valuable member of the healthcare team that evaluates mom and baby together and works with the family to help formulate a plan for reaching their infant feeding goals.
Kimberly Hill, BS, IBCLC
Kimberly has been an IBCLC since 2007. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M and a background in scientific research, which has taught her to understand and critically evaluate research studies. She and her husband have three children, so she also has personal experience with breastfeeding challenges and successes.
Kimberly has helped moms and babies with a wide variety of situations including: prematurity, cleft lip/palate, Down Syndrome, twins, triplets, jaundice, tongue-tie, refusal to latch, low milk supply (including IGT, BFAR, and pituitary dysfunction), severe maternal illness, infant cardiac disorders and adoption. Of course, she also has extensive experience helping families with more common questions, such as how to improve infant latch or continue breastfeeding if mom returns to work.
Rachel Supercinski, BS, IBCLC, CLD
Rachel joined Mom's Milk B/CS as an intern in 2018 and became an IBCLC in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in community health from Texas A&M, and has been teaching natural childbirth classes since 2007. She certified as a lactation educator in 2009 and as a labor doula in 2011. She has been serving at births since then. She has four children of her own and has experienced many breastfeeding challenges and successes. Helping families in their transition to parenthood has been very rewarding for her, and she is excited to now be able to serve families in her role as an IBCLC. Rachel has gained experience in helping with a wide variety of breastfeeding concerns during her internship, but is quick to pull Kimberly in to assist with the case if there is anything she is unsure of.
All interns have completed background education in lactation and general health topics. They will be available to help families while being supervised by Kimberly or Rachel. Unless a client requests otherwise, all of an intern's interactions with families are subject to review by Kimberly and all cases are debriefed during regular meetings where Kimberly evaluates each intern's progress. Rest assured that even if you see an intern, Kimberly is still well aware of your case and using her years of experience to insure you receive the best care possible.
Julie Thompson, MOT, OTR/L, CLC
Julie joined Mom's Milk B/CS as an intern in 2020. She completed her Bachelors of Health Science in 2012 and Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2013 from the University of Florida. Her education included internships in pediatrics and maternal mental health. Most of Julie's work in occupational therapy has been with adults in inpatient rehab and hospital settings. After experiencing and overcoming challenges in breastfeeding her own son, Julie was able to see how valuable a background in occupational therapy would be for nursing families. Julie is a Certified Lactation Counselor, which qualifies her to help with a wide variety of common concerns such as latch difficulties, pumping, teaching prenatal classes and answering common questions. She is excited to continue her education into more complicated situations and work towards completing the IBCLC certification.