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Krystle Ekhoff, IBCLC

  • Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Krystle knew very early on in her first pregnancy that she wanted to breastfeed her baby.   She thought she would have to give up on that goal when her 3 lb. 8 oz. son arrived prematurely at 30weeks gestation. A visit from a Rush Mothers’ Milk Club team member changed everything.  Krystle recalls, “I felt so helpless. After the visit, I had hope and felt empowered to provide the best for my baby to help him achieve a great outcome.”   Krystle attended Mother’s Milk Club regularly and pumped for her son during his 6 week stay at Rush. She went on to breastfeed her baby until he was a year old.  In 2009 she became a Rush Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. After two years working as a Rush BPC, Krystle achieved the certification to become a board certified lactation consultant.  Krystle explains, “I love what I do.  I enjoy helping mothers who are in the exact same spot I was once in.  I can give them the information they need to make an informed decision about providing milk for their babies.”  In 2011 Krystle and her husband welcomed a 4 lb. 14 oz. daughter born at 36 weeks.  This time, Krystle experienced the joys of breastfeeding immediately after delivery, and of taking her baby home with her.  She also had some new challenges breastfeeding a late preterm infant. Even though she was a lactation consultant, she was also a mom with a new set of concerns. She called on the NICU breastfeeding peer counselors for help and a home visit, which allowed her to latch effectively and without pain. Krystle breastfed for 18 months and pumped while working part-time at Rush.  Krystle explains, “I like to help moms get past those rough times the way I received help when it was not easy for me.” Krystle has personal and professional experience with nipple shield use, test weights, in home use of measuring milk intake, breastfeeding and pumping while working, as well as breastfeeding both a premature and a late pre-term infant. Krystle is in nursing school and will achieve her BSN in 2017.

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