Brandy Walters, BBA, IBCLC, RLC
based out of Troy/Rochester Hills
I have been an IBCLC for 12 years and have recertified twice in that time. I began my breastfeeding journey with my son 21 years ago through La Leche League in Virginia. I went to a meeting every month and my goal each month was to nurse long enough to get to the next meeting the next month. La Leche League (LLL) taught me how to mother through breastfeeding. I became a volunteer with LLL through accreditation as a Leader. I continued on my path with my next two sons and enjoyed giving mothers the support I desperately needed with my first son.
I began In Home Lactation Specialists in Fredericksburg, Virginia and found the need for home care was dire in Metro Detroit when we moved (back home for me!) in 2010. I value the team of IBCLCs I work alongside. We all have hours of continuing education and counseling experience. The team offers superb support for all families and their lifestyles. We have worked with challenging cases and supported our clients through all paths of their breastfeeding journeys.
Adrian Fear, BS, IBCLC, RLC
based out of Milford/Commerce
I entered into the world of lactation shortly after my first son was born. I was a client of Brandy Walters, who saved our nursing relationship. I left behind the world of competitive cycling to breastfeed my son because I was struggling with balancing long training sessions and maintain an ample milk supply. Nine years ago I began the long journey to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have been an IBCLC for 5 years and will recertify next year.
La Leche League taught me so much of what I know about counseling nursing women. As a IBCLC, I am here to support you and your goals while provide evidence based information along the way. At consultations, we work to fix the problems you are having, accomplishing your goals, and make sure you baby is thriving. I have nursed all five of my children into toddlerhood while balancing a family life. I nursed our children throughout pregnancies as well.
I am very interested in continuing my education in the field of lactation and always seeking out new seminars to attend or research articles to read. I am an avid runner and would love to start teaching women how to return to the world of running after pregnancy while lactating.
Alyssa LaVene, IBCLC
based out Fenton/Lake Orion
I have been in the field of lactation for 3 years. My passion is to help moms and babies through their journey in breastfeeding. I have been an IBCLC for a year and a half. I have three children of my own and have experienced first hand the ups and downs of breastfeeding. My own experiences are what led me to pursue becoming a lactation consultant. I began my journey in a hospital and then clinic setting. The busy clinic setting which exposed me to older babies, sore nipples & nipple trauma, milk supply concerns and supplemental feeding prepared me for providing lactation care in home visits. I joined the team a year ago and provide home lactation visits in Fenton, Holly, Lake Orion and north. I am so excited to assist you in your breastfeeding struggles. I will help you achieve your goals during a consult and will continue to follow up until you have reached those goals. Support is everything during this time of transition and learning!
Emily Silver, BA, IBCLC
based out of Ferndale/Detroit
I have proudly cared for new families through pregnancy, birth, and lactation for the last 12 years. My former roles have included birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, midwife's assistant, community health worker, and now breastfeeding specialist. I have supported families in hospital and clinic settings, but I truly love meeting you where you are most comfortable -- in your own home. I chose to focus on lactation after experiencing my own breastfeeding challenges as a newmom. I felt completely prepared to breastfeed, but quickly learned that my daughter is her own person with unique needs. We struggled through 6 tear-filled weeks before I finally reached out to Brandy for lactation care. She helped put us on a path of success. I do this work because I believe that the postpartum period is a sacred time when new parents deserve to be held and cared for by a dedicated provider. It has been an honor to have Brandy and Adrian as my mentors and I look forward to fully stepping into my role as an IBCLC in January 2021. My special interests relating to lactation are maternal mental health, low milk supply, relactation/induced lactation, and working with LGBTQ families. I have extra training in herbalism, homeopathy and nutrition and love to incorporate this experience into my practice.
We are passionate about breastfeeding and want to help mothers in the community feel confident in their nursing relationship. We are all International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and have been breastfeeding counselors, lactation specialists and advocates for many years.
Breastfeeding is an art and is one of the most natural acts a mother can do with her baby. However, it takes practice, dedication and extra support. You and your baby will learn together.
We will support you in your breastfeeding journey whether that be 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years and beyond. We provide services for newborns, babies beginning solids, pumping, weaning and a vast array of breastfeeding situations and challenges. We have worked with twin sets and early term babies, premature babies and NICU babies. Continued education is very important to us.
We are currently seeing all Wendy Pinter's birth clients:
We are partnered with Southeast Michigan Community Doulas (SEM):
Board Members of Michigan Association of Lactation Consultants (MALC)
Member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
Chrysalis Feeding, LLC in Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty (TOTS)
Retired LLLI Leaders