Nurturing your newborn is one of the most precious moments in life. Mothers who intend to breastfeed their baby are quickly confronted with the challenges posed by what most people expect to be second nature. The key to successfully breastfeeding your baby is to surround yourself with the most knowledgeable and supportive team possible. The role of a lactation nurse specialist cannot be overlooked. As a pediatrician working with newborns in the Bay area for over 10 years, I have worked with many lactation consultants (LC) and I have seen a variety of different approaches and styles. Few LCs have the unique blend of compassion and knowledge that I have seen working with Julie Hawksley. I have worked alongside Julie for several years and she was our chosen LC when my daughter was born. I have seen her work wonders with mothers who are having their first baby, mothers who have not been able to breastfeed their other children, and mothers who have other medical complications. Julie has the ability to instill confidence at a time where most mothers are full of doubt and insecurity. Her style allows nursing mothers to almost teach themselves how to breastfeed through what I can best describe as guided trial and error. Watching my patients rave about how Julie helped them latch the baby on for the first time, or how she helped alleviate discomfort associated with feedings gives me peace of mind knowing that they are in the hands of an expert when it comes to breastfeeding a baby. Julie has worked with hundreds of new mothers and she has experience working with multiple gestations as well as babies who have been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Personally, I watched Julie work with my wife in the most supportive and gentle way, her bedside manner is tender and understanding and she gave us the confidence and knowledge to keep going and succeed. Our goal was to exclusively breastfeed our baby and without Julie, I’m not sure that would have been possible. Few have skills that Julie possesses, and I recommend her to you from years of first-hand experience working with her both as a pediatrician and as a new father.
Alex Z., MD, MPH, Pediatrics
Breastfeeding is supposed to be one of the most natural gifts that women can give their children and it is a wonderful way to bond. Unfortunately many factors can make it a difficult process and sometimes challenging. Stress, a caesarean-section, older moms, previous illnesses, and many other things can lead to low milk supply. This doesn’t make you a bad person. I learned from Julie that these are among the most common reasons behind low milk supply and I learned much more. She spent a dedicated amount of time with me guiding me through how to combine pumping and breastfeeding, massage and positive visualization. Her method and bedside manner are exceptionally professional and caring. She didn’t judge me and she was very patient. Through various techniques she showed me, I was able to increase my production and provide my baby with a healthy diet. I highly recommend Julie as she is one of the most holistic, nurturing, knowledgeable and professional individuals I have met. If you are having any doubts about what you are doing definitely invest in a lactation specialist.
Julie is the one!
Dena is amazing. Her expertise in infant development and her commitment to the health and well-being of newborns is evident with each interaction. She has over 20 years of experience working in Pediatrics, and currently works on our maternity unit, performing newborn exams and providing lactation support to new parents. Dena is also a preceptor for our postpartum nurses, medical interns, and midwifery students. Dena is passionate about her work, focused on family-centered care. I am delighted to recommend Dena—she provides excellent care to our patients, is an invaluable member of our team, and will undoubtedly provide you with the professional and compassionate guidance and support that you need as you learn to breastfeed and care for your newborn.
Janet S., MD, Neonatologist/Pediatrician
Debra visited us a few years ago when we had our older daughter and again when we had our second child. Debra’s visit was instrumental in my success at being able to nurse my baby. At the time that Debra visited I was extremely discouraged with all sorts of issues that I was having with breastfeeding, and was feeling like there was no hope for breastfeeding at all. The day Debra visited, my baby was pretty much rejecting all nursing. Debra carefully examined the baby’s health and then was so encouraging and resourceful helping us through our issues with nursing the baby. She came for a second visit and we were able to get past our nursing issues and my baby became a successful nurser, and I was able to increase my milk supply using Debra’s advice so that I didn’t have to supplement anymore. I am so thankful for Debra’s care, encouragement and help!
During my hospital stay, I did not breastfeed once. Since my daughter was born premature, she was automatically put on formula. Once home, I became frustrated that my baby wasn’t latching properly. I was extremely stressed out and exhausted. We contacted Julie, and she immediately made a trip to our home to provide help, support and guidance. Julie helped me ease into the process of breastfeeding, worked with me on proper latching, and she suggested that I rent a pump to help keep my milk supply up.
Julie has a very calming demeanor, possesses outstanding bedside manners, makes you feel very comfortable, is extremely knowledgeable and certainly demonstrates an unwavering commitment and passion for what she does. Julie will follow-up to see how you’re progressing, she is also very responsive to phone calls and emails. I still pump now BUT….what’s important to note is that I breastfeed the majority of time, which is all due to Julie’s ongoing support, encouragement and guidance.
For baby #2, I will undoubtedly look to Julie again for help. We’ve developed such a strong relationship that I now refer to her as my BFF—BREAST friend forever!
THANK YOU JULIE for genuinely making me feel like I conquered one of the toughest challenges of being a new mom.
Julie is a lactation RN who does hundreds of consults each year and sees a wide spectrum of cases in the NICU, postpartum, and pediatric units of a local hospital. I have interned under Julie the last eight months, she is a lactation expert and provides excellent care. Julie brings wisdom and intuition to each consult that only a lactation nurse can have with over 15 years of practice. She knows how to ask the right questions, problem-solve and put moms at ease. As a mother herself, Julie is warm, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She is dedicated to helping moms achieve their specific baby feeding goals. Julie is detail oriented yet practical, and she takes the time to ensure each mom is confident about their plan of care. I would highly recommend her to family and close friends, she is the best!
Liz L., Lactation Consultant Intern, University of California, San Diego
Debra is a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant who sees patients for newborn follow-up appointments, performing physical assessments of infants, and also meets with parents for lactation consultations. Debra goes above and beyond to give patients the care that they need, and is eager to share her knowledge and expertise. She sees patients with complex lactation issues, and is able to put moms at ease when they are feeling overwhelmed. She enthusiastically assists mothers to reach a peaceful and loving breastfeeding relationship with their baby. We feel very fortunate to have Debra working with us.
Vera G., Registered Nurse, Pediatrics
My baby was born at thirty weeks and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for six weeks. I was stressed that breastfeeding might not be possible for me because my daughter was on a feeding tube for some time. When I starting seeing Julie, she made me believe it was possible. Julie was so knowledgeable and made me feel so comfortable. She put me on a pumping schedule and made adjustments as needed, and walked me through every step. My baby girl is now three months old and breastfeeding successfully. She is at a healthy weight and I know she is getting the best nutrition possible. I am so thankful to Julie, I don’t think I could have done it without her.
I have worked with Julie providing postpartum care in the hospital since 1999. I regularly report my patient’s problems to her and ask her to help us. Julie is excellent at teaching breastfeeding to both families and nurses. She is positive, professional, patient and kind. She collaborates and communicates well within a multidisciplinary team, she is a great advocate for her patients and a terrific resource for her colleagues. I highly recommend her as a lactation consultant!
Joy L., Registered Nurse, Maternity