My goal is to bring lactation help that is warm, compassionate, respectful, and professional to families in the comforts of their own home. I aim to provide ongoing care, as needed, through the many changes of a journey - whether it is for a few days or a few years. My hope is to work alongside families to support their specific goals, address their concerns, provide evidence-based education, and discover together how to achieve what works best for them with positive encouragement and support.
Nancy Tsen, MNN-RNC, IBCLC
Apart from founding Cradle Me Lactation, I have more than 10 years of experience as a registered nurse on the maternal-newborn unit in a hospital setting. I hold a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and achieved my RNC-MNN (Certified Registered Nurse in Maternal Newborn Nursing) in 2010.
A few years into my nursing career, I discovered I had an overwhelming desire to help my patients find success when they struggled with breastfeeding. Although I helped many families overcome issues presented in the first few days of their newborns’ lives, I often wondered how things would go when they returned home after their hospital stay.
In 2015, my first born rainbow baby arrived. Being a maternity nurse alone was not enough to equip me with the proper knowledge to handle our own struggles with breastfeeding. This ultimately motivated me to gain formal education in lactation and feeding so that I could help others with difficulties during this special time in their lives. I successfully nursed him for two years, received my IBCLC certification in 2017, and went on to nurse my rainbow baby #2 (who had a different set of nursing struggles) for over 3 years and counting. With my family's love, support, and encouragement, Cradle Me Lactation, LLC was born.
My family and I live in Northern New Jersey. I've been happily married to my husband for over 10 years. I have two energetic, brilliant, loving boys. Maya is my 14 year-old Boxer with the heart of a child and is extremely gentle compared to her rowdy little brothers. They are my whole heart and soul!
In my free time (does that even exist?), I love playing games with my family, mini DIY projects, arts & crafts, knitting & crocheting, enjoying chocolate chip cookies, and watching a good movie.
What is an IBCLC?
"An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the only internally recognized health care professional who specializes in lactation care. As a clinical expert in the management of breastfeeding and human lactation, the IBCLC is trained to counsel mothers and families on initiation, exclusivity, and duration of breastfeeding, and to assist amidst any difficulties or high-risk situations."
"IBCLCs are sensitive to and support the needs of mothers, infants, children, and various family structures in working towards breastfeeding goals."
(IBCLE, 2003, 2008; ICLA, 2006)