Natalie ward, ibclc, founder

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The Milky Mermaid LLC was conceived by Natalie Ward of Wilmington, North Carolina with the goal of improving the quality of life of nursing mothers in and around the Wilmington area (including Wrightsville Beach, Ogden, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Wrightsboro, and Castle Hayne). A UNCW Business Mgmt graduate and mom of two, rambunctious, young children(7 & 9), Natalie recognized the lack of resources and support available to expecting and breastfeeding parents.

Collaborating with her mother, Gretta Blythe, of Lactation Concierge Services in Charlotte, North Carolina, she set out on a mission to provide in-home lactation support. Her own breastfeeding experience and struggles, along with watching countless friends and family members struggle and often abandon the hope of meeting their goals, made it clear that breastfeeding may be natural but it isn't always easy.  In fact, sometimes it can almost seem impossible.

This led to the inspiration to change careers in her early 30’s, from Bank Management and Finance to the Health Services Field, more specifically Lactation.  Something that can help our babies with life-long health benefits is a priority and a commitment, but can be such a traumatic and difficult experience for so many of us. She is available to offer support, education, hands-on help, in-home visits, and compassionate care to all families she serves!


Megan Guthmann, IBCLC

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Megan Guthmann, IBCLC, graduated from UNCW in 2005 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. After obtaining her certification in 2007, she worked in Charlotte at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center and Matthews Medical Center. Megan is passionate about life and is a strong example of enjoying the journey, not just racing to get to the destination. Along her journey, Megan has picked up a vast range of experience that is invaluable as she empowers mothers and helps them reach their breastfeeding goals. She has taught breastfeeding prenatal classes for 10 years, specializing in counseling teen mothers and was a Feeding consultant for cleft lip and palate for Dr. Rick Kapitan DDS, MS at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Charlotte. When she isn’t working or advocating within the breastfeeding community, you can find her playing volleyball or in the water with her two loving daughters, 11 and 7.


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VIDEOS

 

Have you ever wondered what really happens during a lactation consultation? Natalie breaks it down and explains what services LC's are able to provide and how they can help struggling mommas! Give it a watch!

We are so excited to collaborate with Heather Anderson from Blessed Nest to bring you some fun and educational video resources! Pregnancy and motherhood are not intended to be journeys that are ventured alone. We hope these videos will support,encourage, and empower you!

A shallow latch is one of the most common causes of nipple pain, and our hope is that this resource will help with getting the hang of a deeper latch! This video will show you some tips and tricks to getting a more comfortable latch with your baby including: how to support your baby at the breast, recognizing hunger cues, and techniques.

This one is for all the moms out there with brand new babies! The Cross-Cradle hold is another great option for those first few weeks postpartum, when babies can't support their own heads yet - check it out!

It's time to play football! As in, the football hold when it comes to breastfeeding that is 😊 We are teaming up with Blessed Nest to bring you this week's video discussing the football position, which can be helpful for Moms with larger breasts, had a cesarean delivery, have multiples, or just want to try a different angle. Remember, the purpose of these videos is to help some Mama's out who may be struggling with getting comfortable feeding a newborn! If things are already going well with nursing, latching is comfortable, baby's output and weight is on track, there is no need to change what you are already doing, there is no "right or wrong" way to nurse your baby! Shout out to all of you new Mama's, you are doing an amazing job! **This in no way should take the place of getting help from a Healthcare Provider