"A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no aw, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
"A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three." ~Grantly Dick-Read
I realize my name has become awkwardly popular the past few years with the dismissal meaning of #ByeFelisha...ha! However, it is with high hopes that you will get to know me, and my name/services will be warmly welcomed and embraced with lots of oxytocin and an exciting "Hello Felisha!"..hahaha!
(I know, I know...Thanks for entertaining my lame joke!)
So, you may ask yourself...who is Felisha? Well, here is a little about me and my path which has landed you on my website today! I was inspired to become a Lactation Consultant after I experienced my own breastfeeding challenges. While breastfeeding my three children I've personally experienced many combination of challenges that I now support families through today. Some of my personal milestones on my nursing journey collectively with my three children include; tongue tie, thrust, pre-term infant/NICU, Tandem Nursing, Mastitis, abscess removal surgical, postpartum depression, toddler nursing and survival of a six months deployment two weeks after giving birth! Whew! These are just a few of the challenged that fueled my zealous passion to support lactating families! Since my breastfeeding days I have worked hard work to acquire the required formal education, clinical skills and certification to become an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I now have the amazing opportunity to encourage, support and promote breastfeeding professionally! I enjoy staying up-to-date with research through conference attendance, conferring with trusted colleagues and learning from the families I have had the pleasure of working with. In addition to privately seeing clients, I am currently the Lacatation Coordinator at a private hospital. I teach a variety of classes, facilitate support groups and speak at conferences and events. I am truly honored to receive referrals from a number of pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, doulas, colleagues and happy moms.
It is my sincere hope for each family I meet to offer warm support, compassionate, non-judgmental gentle encouragement and assist all families with infant feeding, no matter their feeding preferences. I take pride in approaching my consults with a true sense of empowerment while providing practical evidence-based tools to guide you in your individual experience. This is what sets me apart! It is my passion and love for what I do and my work reflects that! I am looking forward to meeting you and helping with your breastfeeding challenges and beyond.
Felisha Floyd, author, speaker, trainer, and consultant, is an award winning hospital-based IBCLC celebrated for her work in the health/racial equity and food justice fields. She is the owner of Beyond Breastfeeding and the founder of Our Brown Baby. She serves as the President of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) and is an active member of the CSI/Race Forward First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Her career as a peer counselor and breastfeeding coordinator for WIC led to her work as a consultant with Boston Medical College’s notable program, Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices program (CHAMPS). She still consults for WIC within the WIC Loving Support Program. She is well known as the social media guru who founded Blactavist, an online breastfeeding cultural support group with a continually growing audience of more than 40,000. Felisha’s passion for advocacy fuels her desire to serve in multiple roles such as the advisor/group member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTI), the Education Director for Mom2Mom Global, the Immediate Past Advocacy Chair for Florida State Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Board of Directors for United States Breastfeeding Committee. Her championing of families is additionally informed by her important roles as an Air Force active duty military spouse and proud mom of three breastfed children.