Dietitian/ Lactation Consultant
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Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is the Chief Clinical Officer at Pacify. Pacify is a mobile application that new parents download to their smart phones for access to lactation consultants, pediatric nutritionists and nurses. Melanie also runs a private practice and counsels families on a variety of topics: picky eating, food allergies, poor weight gain, obesity, vegetarian/vegan, breastfeeding, Celiac Disease, eating disorders and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Melanie is a contributor to The Huffington Post and has presented at many local and national conferences on picky eaters and the optimal nutrition for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Melanie spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. She has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master's of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University.
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The concept seems easy. Baby is hungry, put him to the breast and feed him, right? But we all know breastfeeding isn’t always that simple. And that’s when we turn to the professionals: lactation educators, counselors and consultants who can help overcome issues that come our way. So, what are some of the most common questions we ask these professionals? And what are the answers to those questions?