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Katie McGee, RN, BSN, IBCLC

  • Registered Nurse
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Accredited Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training Program Administrator
  • Accredited La Leche League Leader
  • Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Katie McGee was working as a nurse when she and her husband were thrilled to learn they were expecting for the first time, and even more excited to discover they were expecting twins. After a complicated pregnancy on bed rest for months, Katie’s babies were born 10 weeks early at 30 weeks gestation.  Katie had a boy/girl twins weighing 3 lbs. 7 oz. and 3 lbs. 1 oz. respectively. Feeling the loss of the healthy pregnancy and natural delivery she dreamed of, Katie was determined not to give up on her goal of breastfeeding her twins.  Though Katie was an experienced pediatric nurse, she still endured all of the stresses and anxieties common to other mothers with an infant in the NICU.  Although she was fortunate to be able to provide enough milk so that neither of her twins ever received formula, her daughter was slow to gain weight and Katie became an expert at test weighing and separating out her hind milk.  She credits the support and encouragement she received from Paula Meier and the Rush Mother's Milk Club with helping her achieve her goal of exclusive at-breast feeding of both twins.  Katie and her husband now have five children, all of whom were breastfed.  The twins are now healthy teenagers, and she has three younger children, all full-term babies, one of whom has special needs.  Katie became involved with La Leche League first as a member and then became accredited as a leader to support other breastfeeding mothers. Katie successfully passed her IBCLC examination in 2007 to become certified as a lactation consultant. Katie joined the Rush Mother's Milk Club team as a certified breastfeeding peer counselor in 2009. Katie is experienced with test weights, nipple shields, breastfeeding multiples, hind milk collection, and transitioning from exclusive pumping to exclusive breastfeeding.  She has a special interest in working with mothers of multiples and special needs babies. Katie developed the breatfeeding peer counselor training program and holds the training course several times each year. She feels "honored" to be at Rush and is, "excited to be able to work at a place which holds so many precious memories for my family."