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Welcome to Wisco Lactation

We are a team of IBCLC Lactation Consultants.

IBCLC stands for Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is the highest accredited healthcare professionals specializing in lactation. An IBCLC is the gold standard when it comes to lactation care and we are so grateful to have some of the most amazing IBCLCs on our team!

Lactation Consultants

Our Mission

Lactation care is a human right. At Wisco Lactation, we feel that babies deserve human milk and their parents deserve support in giving it to them. Studies show that breastfeeding outcomes are improved when the proper supports are in place.

 

We are deeply committed to providing inclusive and comprehensive lactation care to all families that we consult with. We provide unique, evidence-based support to families so that they may make their own informed choices in infant feeding. Our focus is to meet families where they are at and support them in a judgment free way that puts their mental health first.

 

Lactating parents need support and expert guidance from highly skilled providers. We are always learning  and growing as lactation professionals to better serve our clients.

Meet the Team

We are committed to continuing education as lactation professionals to better serve our clients. Our team has taken advanced lactation courses in oral ties and function including IBCLC Masterclass, TOTs Training, Reflex-Based Oral Function Professional and Breath Baby. We also have extended education surrounding bottle refusal, pumping, flange fitting, introducing solids, maternal mental health, reflexive latching and much more. We look forward to sharing all of this knowledge with you and your family. Here at Wisco Lactation you get strength in numbers. We work collaboratively to manage tough clinical situations. Plus it's pretty amazing to have someone to geek out with about the latest in lactation.

IBCLC Masterclass certification
Pumping and Feeding Gear Certified
TOTs Trained
IATAP Professionals
Reflexive Latching Certified
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Molly Peterson

Owner, BS, IBCLC

Ever since I can remember, I have loved babies and now I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by them everyday! I found my passion for breastfeeding support shortly after graduating college with a degree in speech pathology. It was then that I discovered you can help feed babies for a living and I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do. I sat for my board exam in 2016 and have been working in private practice ever since. I love supporting families with infant feeding, and I'm so excited to be a part of your journey. 

 

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my amazing husband and daughter. I love being outside, attempting to bake something in the kitchen, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. 

Trainings:

IBCLC Masterclass

TOTs Training

Untethered Tongue Tie Center Mentorship

Pumping &  Feeding Gear Workshop

Bottle Skills for the Bottle Refuser 

IATP Member

Perinatal Mental Health First Aid Trained

Reflex-Based Oral Function Professional

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Ann Grauer

IBCLC, AdvCD(DONA), AdvPCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

I’ve been working with expectant and new families for more than 34 years and have spent the last 15+ years as an IBCLC.

 

Feeding your little one is so personal. When you have worries and concerns, you deserve care that is focused only on you and your baby. I want to understand your family and your goals so that I can best support you on your parenting journey. 

 

From prenatal education to understanding infants and their parents, I get to use my knowledge in every visit with you. I am a birth and postpartum doula trainer, parent educator, and have a special interest in helping parents and babies learn about one another. I co-created and facilitated a new parents group for over 25 years and I am a Postpartum Support International perinatal mood disorder group facilitator. 

 

My husband and I are the parents of two incredible adults and we get to grandparent a spirited and kind granddaughter. At home, we are at the beck and call of a sassy long-haired dachshund who allows me to knit and read, as long as he is snuggled up beside me.

Trainings:

IBCLC Masterclass

TOTs Trained

Pumping & Feeding Gear Workshop

PSI Group Facilitator

DONA Certified Doula & Trainer

Reflex-Based Oral Function Professional

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Beth Meece

RN, IBCLC

I have spent my entire nursing career helping babies at Children’s Hospital and Columbia St Mary’s. After having babies of my own I realized that my passion lies within the area of helping moms and babies through the challenges of breastfeeding. 

 

I transitioned to focus solely on lactation and have been an IBCLC since 2015 and am grateful to help in this out-patient setting. The hospital visit is short and your milk is still increasing in volume. The one or two visits you get help with feedings at the hospital are typically not enough. Getting help with breastfeeding when you’re back home is more relaxed and tailored to you and your baby.

 

My passions in life are my 3 boys, being outside in nature, and walking my dogs.

I hope to bring a sense of calm and logic to what can be a very stress inducing and sleep deprived time of life. My goal is to bring an expert’s perspective and watchful eye to see things that help with the comfort and easiness of breastfeeding. I want to support you on this journey of motherhood.

 

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Lori Theisen

BA, BSN, RN, IBCLC

After my son was born, he was admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and this is when our feeding challenges began. I was limited to how often I could feed him. I had to pump and feed and use nipple shields. I met with inpatient lactation support and outpatient lactation support. I quickly became passionate about all things breastfeeding and lactation.

 

After my rough start to breastfeeding, I decided to become a registered nurse (RN) and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to help other families in ways that I was helped and especially in the ways that I was not supported.  I started off my career as a postpartum nurse, transitioning into hospital IBCLC where I supported milk feeding families on the antepartum, postpartum, NICU, inpatient and outpatient units. As a hospital IBCLC, I created talking points and educational materials for healthcare providers to better support milk feeding families and led in person breastfeeding support groups.  I taught prenatal lactation classes to both new staff and families, and onboarded new IBCLCs. During Covid, I worked as a lactation consultant in telehealth doing virtual visits and started virtual support groups for breast/chest feeding families and supported families feeding journeys while they were going through infertility care.

 

I recently published a fun, highly illustrated and nonjudgmental book on breastfeeding titled, ‘This Book Sucks, feeding your baby shouldn’t’.

 

My goal is to always be a student of lactation so I can best serve my clients and my community. I love educating, empowering and supporting families during their unique feeding journey.

 

 "It is a true honor to be able to help families during a sensitive and intimate time."

Trainings:

Master Reiki Practitioner

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Olivia Batzner

Lactation Student

After some education in the dental field, a career in research coordination and most recently, caring for 3 children of my own, I am thrilled to walk with you on your feeding journey.

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Ashleigh Richmond

Owner, IBCLC, CPD

I am excited and honored to assist you on your breastfeeding journey. I believe that all families, no matter how they choose to feed their babies, should be given all the information needed to make informed decisions and to be supported in those choices. It is this knowledge that gives you the power to do what is right for your own family.

I love helping parents through their breastfeeding journeys and empowering them along the way. You will not find any judgement for your choices with me, only love and a helping hand.
 

I spend my free time hanging out with my husband, two kiddos and crazy dog. 

Trainings:

IBCLC Masterclass

TOTs Trained

Breathe Baby Course 

Untethered Tongue Tie Center Mentorship

Tongue Tied Academy

IATP Member

Pumping & Feeding Gear Workshop

Reflexive Latching Workshop 

The Older Baby: Resolving Unresolved Challenges Workshop

Bottle Skills for the Bottle Refuser 

Perinatal Mental Health First Aid Trained

Reflex-Based Oral Function Professional 

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Dana Monticelli

RN, BSN, IBCLC

I started my career as a RN, with a desire for helping others. My love for women's health led me to labor/delivery and postpartum care, where I developed a passion for helping families breastfeed. My need for learning more about lactation increased when I was able to breastfeed my own child through challenges and her health issues and got to see the power of breastmilk. Each family and their experience is unique. I use evidence based research to help educate and support, to help you reach your breastfeeding goals, whatever they may be. 

 

I spend my free time with my husband, daughter and large extended family. We enjoy camping all around Wisconsin, exploring new places, walking with our two dogs, and swimming in our pool. 

Trainings:

IBCLC Masterclass

Pumping &  Feeding Gear Workshop

Reflex-Based Oral Function Professional

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Alexiyah Coughlin

RN, IBCLC

I am a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) with 6 years of experience in lactation, about 8 years in maternal-child health, and 3 years of “momming” and breastfeeding my own 2 kids. I am currently working on my master’s degree to become a women's health nurse practitioner, which will allow me to provider a greater level of lactation care. I have a diverse background, working in a variety of settings with a wide demographic of patients. Some of my special interests are preventative lactation, tethered oral tissues (TOTs), over-supply, inducing lactation, and hybrid feeding.

 

I believe that pregnancy and lactation are innate processes, and I love to explore root cause and natural solutions whenever complications arise. I am passionate about expanding equitable access to quality care for pregnant and breastfeeding families. Pregnancy and breastfeeding will likely be some of the most vulnerable times in your life, which is why I encourage families to build an army of support-it really does “take a village”. I look forward to meeting and supporting you through your journey.

Trainings:

IBCLC Masterclass

Pumping &  Feeding Gear Workshop

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Julia Shannon

OTR/L, GCFP

I have always had a passion for helping moms, babies, and families. As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 2005, I have enjoyed working with babies and children in a variety of settings. I found my love of movement with the Feldenkrais Method® in 2007, which is a gentle, hands-on somatic approach. Through a variety of neuromotor and manual therapy techniques, I address movement, sensory, and overall function at the core of the nervous system. My personal breastfeeding journey led me to the world of tongue ties and myofunctional therapy. I use a holistic, whole-body approach to swallowing, eating/feeding, and oral motor coordination. I am a mother of 2 sweet boys and 1 wild girl. We love traveling & exploring, trying new restaurants, sporting events, art, and music.

Trainings:

Occupational Therapist Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner (Somatic Education)

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (Infant TOTs trained)

MNRI (Reflex Integration)

Vagus Nerve/Vagal Tone trained

Oral Motor/Eating Feeding/Bottle Feeding trained

Interested in becoming an IBCLC?
Are you a student looking for mentorship?
Take us out for a virtual 15 minute "coffee date" and we would be happy to answer all of your questions!

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Baby Burping Bottle Feeding
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"Since my consult, my little and I have latched without issue."

Mindy L.

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