Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship Recipient – Meet Rachelle

Pacify is thrilled to announce that we have awarded the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship to our winner in Washington, DC, Rachelle Wheatley!

Read more about Rachelle and why she's excited to become an IBCLC.


Why I Want to Be an IBCLC

Rachelle Wheatley

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME AN IBCLC?

I wanted to become an IBCLC because I have felt the confusion and frustration of not having the assistance available when I was struggling with breastfeeding. I want to help moms, not feel what I felt when I needed help, and did not have access to it.

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU HOPE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS AN IBCLC?

I want moms to know that breastfeeding is doable. Even with the many possible obstacles of work, family life and recovery - breastfeeding is possible to do with the proper prep and education. The availability of having a Lactation Counselor to reach out too, when times are overwhelming and hard is the tipping point for most moms, continuing on their breastfeeding journey or stopping. I want to help moms persevere and enjoy an experience like no other.

WHY IS WINNING PACIFY'S DIVERSITY IN LACTATION SCHOLARSHIP MEANINGFUL TO YOU?

Winning this scholarship, helps to validate that I am choosing the right career path. It came when I was juggling the many aspects of being a mom with the possibility of not following my dreams. This scholarship is beneficial in helping more hopeful African American IBCLC's, achieve a dream that sometimes has to be deferred due to cost.


About the Diversity in Lactation Scholarship

Pacify is committed to playing an active role in promoting diversity within the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) community. Our scholarship, which we award with partners across the country, covers up to $1000 of the costs associated with becoming a first-time IBCLC.

Learn more about our Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship here.

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