Welcome to Breastfeeding Answers and Solutions!
My name is Andrea Tran and helping breastfeeding moms succeed with their breastfeeding goals is my passion.
I became a Lactation Consultant in 1994 and knew immediately that this is what I had been waiting to do.
I am a registered nurse and an IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I have a BSN, and an MA in Health and Wellness with a Focus in Lactation. I have been a childbirth and breastfeeding educator.
I have breastfed my three children, who are all adults now. Nicholas, Susie and Patrick.
I have worked in a community hospital with moms in the hospital, after they leave the hospital, and facilitating our breastfeeding support group.
I talk to moms on the telephone when they call with questions. I have answered questions from moms, or about breastfeeding while putting gas in my car, at the gym, on airplanes, while stopped at a stop light.
I have counseled moms via their moms by email and messenger. I always preface those second-hand consults by saying the mom should be working with a lactation consultant directly, but I also will always offer whatever help I can and is appropriate.
I have been invited to dinner so I could counsel a friend’s niece. I have done a couple of in-home unofficial consults for friends.
I love the moments when I am present and maybe have even helped a baby latch on for the first time. I love the look on a mom’s face when that happens.
I love when I meet with a mom and they tell me our session was helpful. I enjoy helping moms work through the challenges of breastfeeding and come out on the other side.
I grieve with those moms who come to the decision that breastfeeding is not working and they decide to end their breastfeeding journey sooner than they had intended.
I believe, unequivocally that breastfeeding is important.
Breastfeeding makes a difference in the health of babies, both short-term, and long-term. It makes a difference in a mom’s health. Read how: Why Breastfeeding Is Important.
I believe that breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby.
I believe that moms do the best they can with the information they have. Moms should not be judged for those decisions.
I believe that moms do not get enough support to help them through the challenging times and that is the primary reason they don’t reach their goals, or even start breastfeeding in the first place.
If you have a question, ask it. If you don’t agree with something I said, feel free to post why in the comments or Contact Me Here. I would love your feedback.
My hope for this site is that it will be a place you can come for advice and answers that are based on the latest research and the wealth of my many years of experience.
I want to help you separate myth from fiction.
I want this to be an inclusive, accepting and non-judgemental place.
There is rarely one right way of doing things, and breastfeeding is an ever-changing experience as your baby grows and changes.
I would love to help you with your journey.