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About Linda

Linda Merli, RN IBCLC CEIM

Registered Nurse

International Board Certified Lactation 

Certified Educator of Infant Massage

 

Linda Merli, RN, IBCLC

Linda Merli, RN, IBCLC

Professional Experience
As a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, I have worked with mothers and babies for the last 14 years. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I am committed to providing the care and support that every nursing mother deserves. I am in my 10 th year of business and I offer non-judgmental, clinical, evidence-based counseling through private home visits.

In addition, I teach prenatal breastfeeding classes at multiple locations throughout the year in Charleston. Check the website for dates and times at Charleston OB/GYN at their West Ashley office and the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center in North Charleston.

Personal Experience
I understand what mothers go through when breastfeeding their infants not only because of my education and training, but also because of my personal experience breastfeeding my 2 sons. My first son had respiratory issues at birth, we were separated and I pumped my breasts like it was my job. He barely came to the breast until day 5 and then he and I went onto have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship that lasted a year. I stopped breastfeeding him at that time because I thought that was the thing to do. Although it was not difficult for him, in hindsight I wish I would have continued until it would have been a more natural wean.

My second son was born 2.5 years later and it was wrought with problems. I gave up breastfeeding him when he was five months old because I thought I had no other choice. Had I contacted a lactation consultant at that time,  she could have identified some of the problems we were having and more than likely we would have been able to set up a pumping and feeding plan that would have enabled me to give my baby more breast milk.

My Goals
Thus, it is my strong belief that a Lactation Consultant can help mothers nurse their babies as long as they wish and with fewer issues. The support and experience I bring to each of my mothers helps them achieve these goals. It is so important to seek help EARLY for reasons you may not even be aware of.

I am a member of the following associations:

  • International Association of Lactation Consultants
  • Lactation Consultants in Private Practice, LCinPP
  • South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition
  • South Carolina Perinatal Association
  • United States Lactation Consultants Association

Federal HIPPA rules and regulations followed.

 Service Areas

Service areas include:

  • Awendaw
  • Charleston
  • Daniel Island
  • Folly Beach
  • Goose Creek
  • Hollywood
  • James Island
  • Johns Island
  • IOP
  • Ladson
  • Moncks Corner
  • North Charleston
  • Mt Pleasant
  • Ravenel
  • Sullivans Island
  • Summerville
  • West Ashley