Natalie ward, ibclc, founder
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
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.