About me

My Philosophy

I understand the stress that comes with being a new mom.  It's hard to get dressed and ready, much less feel like you can get out of the house and be on time anywhere!  That's why I feel it's important to come to you.  I also want to see you in your natural comfort zone.  I'm ready to meet you where you are to assist you in reaching your breastfeeding goals.

 

I live and practice by the quote of a colleague of mine, "The greatest joy is nursing one's own baby.  The second greatest is helping another woman to nurse hers." - Norma Woolf Ritter

“Sarah was a valuable asset to my breastfeeding journey! She was always available for support and insight. She helped tremendously through both an in home visit and after care through phone calls and text." - Robin C.

Member - La Leche League of Fayetteville/Ft Bragg

Member - North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition

 

Member - North Carolina Lactation Consultant Association

Member - Breastfeeding Coalition of Cumberland County

Member - NICU Parent Advisory Council at Cape Fear Valley Hospital

My Story

I'm a Fayetteville native with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from NCSU.  My husband was my high school sweetheart, and we have 2 beautiful daughters together, with a third on the way.

 

My first daughter, Aubrey, was born at 34 weeks and spent 11 days in the NICU.  Breastfeeding was certainly not easy at first by any means, but we knew it was best so we pressed on.  Aubrey successfully nursed for 22 months and weaned when I was 6 weeks pregnant with my second.

 

My second daughter, Everley, was born at 37 weeks and immediately presented with an upper lip tie and posterior tongue tie symptoms (and so did I - ouch!), which made breastfeeding a challenge until she had both revised at 11 weeks of age.  Since her release, she skyrocketed in her percentiles and only just recently weaned at 33 months when I was 11 weeks pregnant with my third.  It was so nice to learn how fulfilling and beautiful breastfeeding can be and I look forward to sharing that love with my clients.

 

Lastly, I gave birth to my third little girl, and welcomed the challenges and successes that breastfeeding and pumping has brought.  She was diagnosed prenatally with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, so once again, I expanded my horizons and learn more each day as I take on my newest role as her mommy and being a mother to three girls.  At this point, we are over a year into exclusively pumping. 

 

Breastfeeding and being a lactation consultant (IBCLC) are  passions of mine, and I have an innate love to help others breastfeed as well.  Because of my girls' stories, I am able to relate to moms that have issues with breastfeeding their babies, and will create a care plan for each nursing baby so you too may learn the love of breastfeeding.

 

I have a special interest in NICU and preterm babies, as well as tongue and lip restrictions - due to my personal experiences with ties, I have sought out specialized training in working with the tongue tied breastfeeding infant, to include my most recent trainings, TOTS, or Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty, and TummyTime Method.

I am constantly looking for ways to help our community support resources grow and thrive in the interest of breastfeeding.  In recognizing the need for better local support, I helped to create and implement the only laser tongue tie release program in our area.  Village Family Dental is committed to the full spectrum of care, and has me attend all procedures to assist with post treatment latching, aftercare, and support.  

My Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:  Components of Care
Postpartum Support International, 2017
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

IBLCE, 2015

Lactation Consultant

Didactic - University of California, San Diego - Extension, 2015

Clinical - Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital, 2014-2015

Certified Lactation Educator Counselor

University of California, San Diego - Extension, 2014

B.S. Biochemistry

North Carolina State University, 2008

"Sarah got me back on the right track with an extensive in home visit and several follow up conversations and texts! She was very sweet, knowledgeable, and gave me back my confidence!"
- McKenzie J.

© 2015 by Sarah Lester

Tel: 910.584.7452

Sarah Lester

IBCLC

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