Marion “Lou” Lamb RN, MS, IBCLC
Hi, my name is Marion “Lou” Lamb. I have 40 years experience as a registered nurse, and over 20 years as a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).
I graduated with a BS in Nursing from MCV/VCU in 1978. I traveled all over the world with my military husband & had 3 sons along the way. I experienced major issues with breastfeeding & realized that although I knew a lot about pregnancy & birth, I knew very little about breastfeeding. I was frustrated, got very little assistance & didn’t know where to turn. I decided then, that new parents need more preparation for breastfeeding, much more than childbirth. I was determined to learn as much as I could about lactation.
In 1995, while working on a hospital labor and delivery/postpartum/nursery unit, I was the “go to” nurse for mothers & babies with breastfeeding challenges. I had found my passion. I went back to school and received a master’s degree in Family Health Nursing, and studied to become an IBCLC.
I obtained my IBCLC in 1997, and have worked as a hospital-based IBCLC ever since; in Northern Va & more recently at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
I have lectured at national conferences and am an instructor for Lactation Education Resources, which provides comprehensive online lactation consultant training for those who wish to become eligible for IBCLC certification. In 2012, I was asked to revise the chapter, Physiology of the Breast During Pregnancy and Lactation in the 3rd edition of the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice.
I live in Palmyra with my husband and our dog, Lucca. I’m a CASA volunteer, active in my church and enjoy hiking. But, after having 3 sons, I most of all love spending time with my 4 grand daughters!
It is a delight and a privilege to have this small private practice and I hope to be a support to breastfeeding families in and around Charlottesville.
Ashley Fore, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
Ashley obtained her Master's degree in nursing at the University of Virginia. After graduating she began her nursing career at The Women's Place, caring for mothers and babies at The University of Virginia medical center. She has had a variety of experiences spanning many aspects of women's health, including working as a nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida (This busy high-risk facility delivers about 60 babies a day.), and as a travel nurse in Labor & Delivery at multiple hospitals in the Washington, DC area.
Ashley's interest in lactation consulting grew when was a representative with Ameda breast pumps, which put her in touch with many hospitals and lactation consultants in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas. This role enabled her to share best practices within the breastfeeding support community, and better understand the many challenges that new mothers face when learning to feed their babies and use a breast pump. In 2014 Ashley became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She moved back to Charlottesville in 2015 and worked as a fertility clinic nurse at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
Prior to joining Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss, Ashley worked as a lactation consultant for Momseze, a telemedicine breastfeeding support company. She is excited to work with Lou, helping Charlottesville-area moms reach their breastfeeding goals through the use of evidence-based practices.
Her interests include management of oversupply, healing cracked/sore nipples, pump flange fitting and troubleshooting, preparing to go back to work, and prenatal consults for breastfeeding and newborn care.
Ashley lives in Crozet with her husband, son, and cat. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Charlottesville, baking, and running.