Jessica Allmyer

BSN, IBCLC

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After years of considering a career in nursing, I finally began nursing school in my mid-twenties. I knew from the moment I started that my desire was to work with women during the process of becoming a mother. There is something so special, vulnerable, delicate and beautiful about that time.

Almost immediately after getting my nursing license, we had the opportunity to move to China for my husband’s job. This put my career on hold but didn’t stop my desire to further my education. While living in China I studied remotely and earned my bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Soon after moving back to the US, we discovered that I was finally pregnant! I was ecstatic to become a mother. I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed and I did. However, the start wasn’t as easy as I was expecting, I loved breastfeeding but there was some pain and frustration.

Thankfully, I discovered a breastfeeding support group that literally changed my life. I found support with other women and the IBCLC that ran the group. It was then that I knew I wanted to be an IBCLC myself, in hopes of providing the loving support that I had received. I went on to have a long and beautiful breastfeeding relationship with my daughter, weaning when she was over two and a half.

My career began in an OB office, building my knowledge base in pregnancy and postpartum health. From there I moved to the hospital setting and worked as a mother-baby nurse. As I expected, I found myself drawn to the parts of my day spent supporting the mother-baby dyad in establishing their breastfeeding relationship. After gaining experience as an RN and with a little luck on my side, I was able to transition to an open position in the lactation department. After three years of studying and clinical practice, I earned my IBCLC in the spring of 2017.

I’m passionate about promoting breastfeeding as the physiological and biological norm but also supporting new mothers. I recognize that decisions on if/when/how long to breastfeed are often multifaceted and in all situations, women are equally deserving of support, education, and care. Most importantly, I believe all women should be provided with good support and evidence-based information, without pressure.

Outside of lactation, I am a mother to a rambunctious and amazing 5-year-old, wife to my high school sweetheart, novice seamstress, a baker, and a lover of yoga. I also have personal experience in the trying world of infertility and the challenges that come with it, both physically and emotionally. I understand how those challenges can seep into the experience of becoming a mother.

Jessica with her husband and daughter