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Inspiring Conversations with Rachelle King, RN, IBCLC of Latch Amore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachelle King, RN, IBCLC.

Hi Rachelle, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
After almost a decade of working as a hairstylist, I made the decision to go back to school to become a nurse. The economic climate of 2008 had me seeking a career that was less vulnerable to the recession. If I wasn’t going to be creative, I needed to do something with heart. I knew it would be fulfilling to serve others in a time of need. During nursing school, I became a mother and discovered firsthand how challenging breastfeeding could be. I was struggling and in pain, yet didn’t even know I needed help. I became motivated to learn about lactation and found a draw toward postpartum care. I completed my schooling, managing to make the Dean’s list and hold office on one committee and co-chair another while raising my daughter! I was blessed to have a supportive husband and extended family to help balance it all. At about that time I recognized that I was suffering from secondary infertility related to a benign brain tumor. It took some extra work and the help of an endocrinologist but I was able to get pregnant with my son. And THIS time, I was a nurse. I had taken breastfeeding classes. For goodness sake, I had a brain tumor that secreted the very hormone responsible for making milk! Breastfeeding was going to be easy…

After a difficult pregnancy, undesired second cesarean birth, I was informed that my beautiful son was tongue-tied. Breastfeeding hurt. AGAIN. However this time, I knew to ask for help. I knew I could find support. It was actually my lactation consultant who noticed I was suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. I cried to her, sharing the shame I held as an aspiring lactation consultant who would again be supplementing with formula, that I was a fraud or hypocrite. This woman, who supported me while I tried to feed my child through my pain and tears had a different view… she told me that this very situation I was experiencing would make me a BETTER lactation consultant. This one woman pulled me out of defeat and showed me a spark of hope that saw me through my struggle. I went on to breastfeed my son for 19 months.

I worked hard over the next four years meeting educational and clinical requirements for my IBCLC credential and supporting over 1000 new families in the hospital setting. In January 2021 I opened Latch Amore and have served hundreds more in their homes. I have the honor of being invited into the sacred and vulnerable space that is the postpartum period. I get to empower families and build confidence. I get to witness the raw exposed feelings of fear and uncertainty that transition to jubilation and bold intuition. I get to educate and guide parents toward their own goals. Being a lactation consultant weighs on the heart. I take on some of the deep emotions of my families, I share their joy and I share their grief. My mind and heart are spent when I arrive home each day, where I am rapidly recharged by my own loving family. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career for myself, and I look forward to many more years of serving my community.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The thing that pushed me to start my own business was being laid off from my position as a Mother/Baby nurse in the hospital. The day I received my severance package was the day I got notice that I had passed my IBCLC exam! I went from an out-of-work RN to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with endless opportunity. I was scared to discover if I could make a living in private practice, but since I was already out of a job I had all the time I needed and no excuses. It took a lot of time and effort to figure out how to start a business and once that was rolling I had to really dig deep to overcome the imposter syndrome that kept whispering in my ear that parents weren’t going to need or want my support. I connected with other lactation consultants and birth professionals and gained even more knowledge and confidence.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Latch Amore?
As an RN, IBCLC I provide breastfeeding support to families throughout Orange County. I see patients in their homes and plan to offer in office visits in the near future. I teach monthly breastfeeding classes which are wonderful for establishing a rapport with parents before their sweet babe arrives. It’s a great way to earn their trust for the journey ahead.

The bulk of my practice is supporting parents in the first six weeks, though I see babes of all ages. I have a reputation for cultivating a safe space/relationship where parents can discover and share their own goals free from the fear that they will be judged or dismissed. I am very proud that when a family seeks lactation support from Latch Amore, that they can trust that I am there to serve THEM, that I will meet them where they are and that we can work together to create a plan.

I believe all new parents would benefit from lactation support and am grateful to be contracted with TLN which is an organization that directly bills many PPO plans with Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Anthem and Cigna resulting in minimal or no cost lactation visits. For those with other healthcare plans, I offer self-pay visits and will provide a Superbill to request reimbursement for each visit.

At these visits, I assess the baby’s mouth to make sure it can function appropriately and screen for oral ties, observe a feeding and determine how much milk transferred using a professional scale. I’ll also examine the parent’s breast health and create a custom feeding plan to help meet the baby’s needs and the family’s goals. Interested families are invited to schedule an appointment via my website.

What were you like growing up?
As a child, whenever anyone asked me that obligatory question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The only honest answer that ever came to my mind was that I wanted to be a mother. I had a strong and caring mother who never let me forget how much she loved me. She had a mother who worked hard as a single mom to raise and provide for her four children. My dad’s mother was a driven woman who moved mountains to immigrate herself and he children to the US from Colombia after the tragic death of my grandfather. It’s no wonder the role of “mother” felt like a great thing to aspire to!

I feel lucky enough to have inherited some of the strength from the women before me and have learned to complement it with warmth and compassion. Through adolescence, I turned to film to exercise my heart and soul. I found value in soaking in the stories and experiences of others and feel that it served me in my ability to understand the perspectives of others and learn empathy. I still love going to the cinema and the theater and am a sucker for anything that makes me cry!

More recently, I have become a plant mama. Going from a single plant to 36 over the past year. I find myself sneaking them in through the backyard as if no one will notice the jungle increasing! So, as a mother of my own children, the mother of mothers and their babies, and the mother of various sprouting foliage, I am confident that the child I was would be pleased to see her future as a mother of many.

Pricing:

  • Home Visits $215-$260
  • Office Visits $95-$150 (Coming Soon)
  • Insurance Covered Visits $0-$60

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Zo’e Cole

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