Work, Milk, and Magic: Insights on the Realities of Working as an IBCLC while Breastfeeding

FREE webinar — 1 L-CERP

(Domain V. Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology)

Available On Demand beginning the week of August 7, 2023 through november 19, 2023

Join us for a captivating panel discussion as experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who are also working parents delve into their personal journeys. Discover their navigation strategies, and the intriguing juxtaposition of reality and their initial expectations of life with a breastfeeding baby. Don’t miss this enlightening discussion!


Rachel Dean, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC

Regional Lactation Trainer
Owner of Harmony Nutrition & Lactation
Executive Director, Queen City Cocoa BEANS

Joke Muyldermans, RM, MSc, IBCLC

Midwife, Lactation Consultant
ELACTA Board member
Researcher, University of Brussels

Loretta Anderson, RN, RM, IBCLC, PhD

Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Lactation Consultant
Midwifery Lecturer, Researcher


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Rachel M. Dean

Rachel M. Dean is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is passionate about nutrition and preventing ailments. She has provided maternal and pediatric nutrition counseling in various settings, including government programs, hospitals, and clinics. Rachel studied Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University and earned a Master’s in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill, specializing in maternal and child health. Currently, she serves as a Region 3 Lactation Trainer, offering educational opportunities on lactation and nutrition. Rachel is also the owner of Harmony Nutrition & Lactation, supporting parents of color. She actively works to decrease racial health disparities and is involved in various initiatives and organizations promoting health equity.

Joke Muyldermans, RM, MSc, IBCLC

Joke Muyldermans graduated as a Midwife in 2006 and a Master in Midwifery in 2008. She obtained the IBCLC lactation consultant degree in 2011, while breastfeeding her first child, born in 2010. She graduated in specialised applied pharmacology in 2015. She has experience as midwife and lactation consultant IBCLC in her own primary care practice, lecturer at the University College Brussels, head editor of the Flemish Journal of Midwifery and board member of the Flemish Organisation of midwives and ELACTA. At the moment Joke is also a researcher on COVID-19 vaccination during lactation at the University of Brussels. Joke has 4 children, and breastfed them non stop for 10 years and 7 months.   

Loretta Anderson, RN, RM, IBCLC, PhD

Loretta Anderson is a registered nurse, registered midwife, Midwifery Lecturer, Lactation Consultant within the community and received a PhD in 2023. Loretta is passionate about educating mothers and the midwives of the future with evidenced based, woman centred care. Loretta achieves this by combining teaching, clinical work and research.

Educational offerings by the Global Centre for Lactation Training (GCLT)™ are optional and are not the sole way to pursue IBCLC (re)certification.