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Melissa Furrier, RN, BSN,Lactation Consult, Breastfeeding Specialist, Nursing Consult, In-Home Lactation Services, Tucson, AZ

Melissa Furrier, BSN

Registered Nurse & International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Thanks so much for getting in touch with me! I'm so excited to meet you and to get you to know you and your family. My name is Melissa Furrier, I'm a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or IBCLC. I've been helping new parents feed their babies for 15 years, and I'm dedicated to helping you feel confident, empowered, and capable to feed your baby, your way.


I'm passionate about providing unbiased, evidence-based, and judgement-free support to my clients. I know that breastfeeding and infant feeding decisions can be difficult, emotional, and may be met with judgement from your friends, family, or peers.

I promise to make you feel supported, understood, and heard. I believe that the best infant feeding plans make sure that everyone’s needs are met- not just the baby’s. If your feeding plan involves pumping, bottles, or formula, I am here to provide the same unparalleled support and guidance. You’re the expert in your baby- and I trust you.

When you're ready, please reach out to get started. I can't wait to work with you!

 

My Philosophy

I never expected to find myself so interested in the world of breastfeeding, lactation, and the wonders of breast milk until my daughter was born. Like many mothers, I just thought it was simply how some babies were fed. Then my whole world changed, and I began to learn about the incredible benefits of breastfeeding, from the nutrient properties to the physical developmental benefits it provides.

 

My daughter came into the world with some surprises, a genetic abnormality that affected her growth and motor skills. Our world became immersed in learning about developmental differences and ways to adapt and maximize potential. One thing I was not expecting was how this new path would change me for the better and allow me to witness so many miracles firsthand. That first latch without a nipple shield, the first giggle and smile that we didn't know if or when it would come. 

And then of course our long-awaited first steps. We have also experienced some of the paths that cardiac babies' families walk, with a diagnosis of pulmonary valve stenosis with a very high-pressure gradient, we were certain we were on the road to valve replacement, fortunately, we have avoided that so far.

 

I understand the complexity of breastfeeding a baby with low muscle tone and the delicate balance of preserving energy during feeding due to increased energy expenditure in a medically fragile infant. I can offer support from a parent who has walked some of the same roads and understands what you are going through. I don't want any parent to feel alone during this journey. We can do this together. 

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