Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, LE, is an internationally board certified, registered lactation consultant and lactation educator. Her philosophy for lactation practice focuses on helping families understand what is biologically normal throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. When help for breastfeeding is needed, Melissa will work with families to make personalized plans.
She began her lactation career in 1998, when the birth of her oldest son prompted the need for breastfeeding help and she met a lactation consultant who became integral in shaping her role as mother as well as her career. During her internship, she attended the Evergreen Perinatal Lactation Educator (LE) program and began assisting and counseling families in the support group and consult setting, helping with basic breastfeeding and observing more complex consultations, obtaining the necessary contact hours for the IBLCE examination. Melissa then went on to become a La Leche League Leader in 2007, starting and facilitating a mother-to-mother support group in Liberty Lake. Melissa had acquired over 2,500 clinical contact hours and finally sat for the IBLCE examination in 2010, earning her IBCLC certification. She immediately opened her private practice, Nurture Normally, serving families in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls, and Coeur d’Alene, and when her youngest child started kindergarten in 2012, began offering her lactation services full-time. She has developed a specialty in helping families with tongue tied babies and also enjoys meeting the specialized needs of the adopting family.
Now, in addition to helping families breastfeed their babies, she also mentors lactation students and provides professional lactation education to physicians, midwives, doulas, and other healthcare practitioners. She is currently co-president of the Spokane Breastfeeding Coalition, serves families in public health at WIC in North Idaho, sits on committees with the United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA), and maintains membership in several professional organizations. She also has written articles for local health and lifestyle magazines, as well as local and national blogs.
She has three children of her own, all of whom were exclusively breastfed until about age 2, and lives with her family on a small farm in Eastern Washington where she enjoys berry picking, knitting, and snowshoeing.
Jennifer McIntosh, IBCLC, RLC, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her passion for breastfeeding support began when seeking assistance with her own newborns. This search brought her to a La Leche League meeting in 2003. There she found wonderful mother-to-mother support that helped her parent through those difficult early days and toddler years. In order to maintain this support in the community, Jennifer became a La Leche League Leader in 2009.
This passion to support breastfeeding moms continued. As her children became more independent, she saw an opportunity to return to school and further her education in the field of lactation. After completing the required courses, Jennifer passed the exam to become a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in October 2015. Her desire is to nurture and serve parents in our community by helping them reach their breastfeeding goals.
Jennifer and her husband of 17 years now have five children, all girls, ages 6-14. Their home is in North Idaho where they care for their horses, pigs and chickens. Their children are involved in 4-H and they all enjoy horseback riding, geocaching and visiting the nearest hot springs.
One of her goals, as a Lactation Consultant and parent of future women, is to normalize breastfeeding for future generations. If her children and yours find it easier to choose breastfeeding, then she has made an impact.