IHA's International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) provide you with the expertise you need before, during and after your baby is born to ensure that you have the support and education you need to feel comfortable and confident in your decision to breastfeed. New mothers may receive initial instruction through our monthly breastfeeding classes on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of every month at IHA Associates in Gynecology & Obstetrics – Arbor Park to help them adjust to the breastfeeding process. Classes are also available at IHA Associates in Gynecology & Obstetrics - Brighton on an as-needed basis. Please contact the office directly for availability. 

Lactation consultants are also available by appointment at their office location to provide mothers with optional one-on-one breastfeeding assistance. An IBCLC is a highly skilled health professional with special knowledge and ability to handle many types of breastfeeding issues including, not not limited to:

  • Basic breastfeeding education
  • Support and encouragement
  • Help continuing with breastfeeding after returning to work or school
  • Latch-on problems
  • Sore nipples or engorgement
  • Slow weight gain of infant
  • Insufficient breast milk
  • Medical conditions such as prematurity, Downs syndrome, cleft lip and/or palate
  • Breastfeeding multiples
Breastfeeding is an important and rewarding experience for many mothers. At IHA, our lactation consultants provide breastfeeding support consistent with the recommendations of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Our Lactation Consultants

Our lactation consultants are pediatric nurse practitioners as well as IBCLC certified. Your child does not have to be a patient of the office for you to make an appointment with one of our lactation consultants. To learn more about our IBCLC certified lactation consultants, or schedule an appointment, please click their name below or call their office.
Marissa DaSilva, CPNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Arbor Park
Patricia Reckling, CPNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Canton
Wendy Storey, CPNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Canton
Kelly Strickler, CPNP, IBCLC at IHA Child Health - Ann Arbor 
Kristen Upton, CPNP, IBCLC at IHA Livingston Pediatrics

Sherrill Black is a LPN OB/Triage specialist and IBCLC certified. She is location at IHA Associates in Gynecology & Obstetrics - Arbor Park and is accepting appointments.


Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers and Babies

An infant that receives breast milk has the following advantages:

  • Breast milk has the perfect combinations of nutrients for your baby
  • Breast milk provides protection against infections
  • Breastfed babies have a lower risk of childhood-onset diabetes
  • Breastfed babies have less risk of childhood obesity

A woman that breastfeeds enjoys the following advantages:

  • Less risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Less risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer
  • She is more likely to lose weight faster
  • She will save time—no formula to mix
  • She will save money; formula can cost about $1,400 per year

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Does insurance cover the cost of a consultation or a breast pump?
A: Coverage for lactation services and supplies varies between insurance companies. We would be happy to provide you with forms to submit to your insurance company if we do not participate. Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts often cover the cost of the consultation and/or breast pumps; call for more information.

Q:What should I do to prepare for breastfeeding before the baby arrives?
A: No special preparation to the breasts or nipples is necessary (or recommended) while pregnant. The best preparation is to attend a breastfeeding support group and/or watch another woman breastfeeding her baby. Reading a good book, such as the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and attending a breastfeeding class are good ideas, as well. The instillation of confidence and preparing a good support system is very helpful to the first-time nursing mother.

Q: When should I shop for a nursing bra?
A: You can wait until your last month of pregnancy to be fitted for a nursing bra.

Q:How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?
A: While there is no gauge on the breast to measure how much breast milk is removed at each feeding, there are still plenty of ways to reassure yourself that the baby is getting enough to eat. Some ways to know include: wet/dirty diapers (ask your doctor for guidelines), a breast that is softer after a feeding, audible swallowing once the milk is "in" (between days 3-5), consistent weight gain (about an ounce a day after the milk has "come in").

Q: How long should I expect to have sore nipples?
A: Although a small amount of tenderness in the first few seconds of nursing is not considered to be abnormal, pain that persists throughout the entire feeding is a cause for concern. Nipple cracks, scabs, blisters, and bleeding are NOT a normal part of breastfeeding. A qualified lactation consultant who deals with proper latch-on and infant suck issues should evaluate the feeding to help correct the problem and eliminate the pain. An infant whose suck is causing pain at the breast is most likely not effectively nursing, and therefore not getting the most amount of milk possible. The earlier you seek assistance the better your breastfeeding experience will be.