For some new moms breastfeeding is a smooth transition, but for many it can be more challenging. Our team collectively brings thousands of hours of personal and professional expertise about lactation and the issues surrounding breastfeeding.
You were never meant to do it alone.
We believe that successful breastfeeding is an essential part of your newborn's development
and it is our primary goal to support you during this process.
Andrea Herron is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been working with children and families since 1968. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing with a specialization in newborn and infant feeding disorders and infant development. She was on the UCLA Extension faculty and taught in the Lactation Educator and Consultant Programs. Andrea has had a solo practice specializing
in parenting and lactation since 1982. In 2019, Andrea co-authored with Lisa Rizzo,
Suckle, Sleep, Thrive: Breastfeeding Success through Understanding
Your Baby's Cues and Unique Temperament
Proudly, in 2020 Vicki Blond joined Growing With Baby. Vicki has been working with breastfeeding families for over 25 years. Her passion is helping mothers gain confidence in nursing and parenting their babies. She is a board certified lactation consultant and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). She has extensive experience with newborns and high-risk infants.
WHAT OTHER MOMS ARE SAYING
"I can't say enough about Andrea and her awesome staff.
She is beyond expert in breastfeeding and babies. We had a very challenging breastfeeding saga that she helped turn around. We are now all thriving because of her help
and found her sessions and support group invaluable."
"Andrea turned a shaky start to breastfeeding with my first baby into a 2+ year success story. She was the only lactation consultant I have found who combines reasonable expectations and a passion for breastfeeding throughout her practice."
-Laura Haney Gabrielson
"After having a horribly painful breastfeeding experience for 2 months after my son was born (and a case of mastitis) and going to 2 lactation consultants at Marian Medical Center who didn't help at all, I found Andrea. I was planning on giving up if she couldn't help me, but the first day I saw her, she had basically fixed the problem with our latch. She helped me recover my milk supply as well, and now we go to her support group. I can't stress just how grateful I am.
If I hadn't gone to her, I wouldn't be breastfeeding my little guy today."
"Andrea helped us immensely in the early months of breastfeeding and continues to be a great support. I don't think I would have made it breastfeeding without her help early on.
Her group for moms on Wednesdays is a great forum for asking questions and meeting other breastfeeding moms in SLO."