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.
It is a delight and a privilege to have this small private practice and hope to be a support to breastfeeding families in and around Charlottesville.