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About Linda

Linda Merli, RN IBCLC
Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation 

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 11 years. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I am committed to providing the care and support that every nursing mother deserves. 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 website for dates and times at Babies R Us in North Charleston, at Charleston OB/GYN West Ashley office and the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center in North Charleston.

Personal Experience
I understand what mothers go through when breastfeeding not only because of my education and training, but also because of my personal experience breastfeeding two sons. The first was problem free, and we had a great breastfeeding relationship that lasted a year. I stopped breastfeeding him then because I thought that was the thing to do. 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 after he was five months old because I thought I had no other choice. Had I contacted a lactation consultant at that time,  she would have identified some of the problems we were having and we may have been able to set up a feeding and pumping plan.

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 important to seek help early for a variety of 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