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. Click here to download the flyer. As an additional resource for expectant parents, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Family Birth Center offers Prenatal Classes & Tours

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, but not limited to:

  • Basic breastfeeding education
  • Support and encouragement
  • Help to continue 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. To learn more about our IBCLC certified lactation consultants, or schedule an appointment, please click their name below or call their office.
Emma Adams, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Child Health - WestArbor
Julie Byrne, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Livingston Pediatrics
Marissa DaSilva, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Arbor Park
Patricia Reckling, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Canton
Wendy Storey, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Pediatric Healthcare - Canton
Kelly Strickler, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Child Health - WestArbor 
Kristen Upton, CNP, IBCLC at IHA Livingston Pediatrics

We also offer same day and/or next-day appointments with IHA Breastfeeding Medicine Specialists. This is a specialized practice providing comprehensive breastfeeding evaluation and treatment for mother and baby by a breastfeeding medicine physician, Lisa A. Hammer, MD, IBCLC.