Cabiria Dougherty, Certified Lactation Counselor

The books all said it couldn’t be done.

John Halpern Photography for WMC Health

John Halpern Photography for WMC Health

When my pregnancy took a sudden turn for the worse in January of 2018, I went from preparing for my baby shower to preparing for open heart surgery. My daughter was delivered at 30 weeks, on the same day as my heart surgery. I was not even conscious to hear her first cries. Our long road to recovery - through establishing a full supply while she was in the NICU, exclusive pumping, and finally exclusive breastfeeding - motivated me to become a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Center for Breastfeeding Healthy Children Project. I bring my passion for breastfeeding and my personal knowledge of how difficult it can be to reach your breastfeeding goals to my practice, where I provide evidence-based, non-judgemental lactation counseling to all people who want to breastfeed their babies. I speak English, French, and basic Spanish. Read more about my story at Advancing Care Hudson Valley.

What is a Certified Lactation Counselor?

The Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) certification identifies a professional in lactation counseling who has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to provide clinical breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation. - Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice