Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Siebold.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I still consider myself to be at the very beginning of my professional journey, but it began when my son was born 2 1/2 years ago. An unforeseen NICU visit and a flurry of pumping and nipple shield use while he and I were separated made the beginning of our breastfeeding journey a difficult one. We made it through to the other end, but I felt like the support I needed — craved, really — wasn’t available. I made the decision to enroll in a lactation educator course and start helping parents make informed decisions about how to feed their little ones.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing worth doing every runs smoothly. The learning is in the bumps along the way, the missteps and miscalculations. I decided to change careers and start a business all in the first year of new motherhood — a time of already intense change and growth.
My advice is to remember that life is long and that we discover new parts of ourselves the more life unfolds. I wouldn’t have known that lactation education and consulting would be my life’s work until having a child of my own. It’s ok to not know what a journey is going to look like, and winding paths are part of all of it. When things go smoothly, there’s such little opportunity to learn, grow, adjust, adapt.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about IMMA Lactation – what should we know?
Again, I’m at the very beginning of my new professional journey so I’m still learning as I go (and hope to stay a lifelong learner!).
My goal as a lactation educator — and soon-to-be International Board Certified Lactation Consultant — is to help new parents on their breastfeeding, chest feeding, and/or bottle-feeding journeys. All clients get the support, tools, and evidence-based practices needed to feed their little ones confidently. I’m here to limit barriers to successful breastfeeding if this is the path new or soon-to-be parents have chosen.
My goal as a service-provider is my make client’s feel individually cared for and understood. My only job is to act as an advocate and help new parents decide what’s right for their families.
I’m proud of how quickly my business has grown in a short while and how many new parents and babies I get the pleasure to work with. It’s the greatest gift.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Networking is never my strongest suit — I feel like I’m sometimes pestering people when I email them repeatedly. But I’ve learned to just continue sticking my head out. Showing interest and genuine enthusiasm in learning from others in the field connects you to like-minded people who may just become your next collaborator or partner.
- Private Prenatal Breastfeeding Education Consultation – $175
- Postpartum Lactation Support – $195 (initial) $145 (follow-up)
- In-person and virtual classes – ranging from $20-$75
- Website: www.immala.com
- Phone: 323.364.4397
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @immalactation
- Facebook: IMMA Lactation
Rachel Fleischer, Mike Siebold, Derek Berlin