Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas
My name is Autumn Wake and I am the founder of Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas. I have had a passion for helping people as a healthcare provider for over 12 years. At a very early age, I knew that I wanted to help people and I became a Registered Nurse in 2005. That passion continued as I worked in Case Management and other various fields in the Nursing Profession for over 11 years. My passion and career changed directions after having my first child in 2014.
There was no doubt in my mind when I was pregnant that I would have my children and they would be breastfed- no other feeding method was even an option. After my daughter was born, I quickly found out that life and babies do not always go as planned. I was as prepared as anyone could be taking every prenatal class I could, reading books about nursing, lactating, baby wearing, natural childbirth… you name it. After having a cesarean delivery (not the birth that I had planned!)… I started on my breastfeeding journey. Little did I know at the time that it would be the hardest and most rewarding journey that I would ever go on. After having my daughter, nursing started off ok, but about the 3rd day of life, my newborn baby ended up in the NICU for dehydration- later to find out it was because she wasn’t able to breastfeed appropriately. Lucky for us, our daughter’s pediatrician encouraged us to see a Lactation Consultant when baby continued to lose weight after discharge. I am so grateful that I sought out breastfeeding help early! I found an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the highest level of credential for lactation. That decision would later help me through the toughest time in my life.
At that time, I didn’t even really understand that there was such a title or career, but am ever so grateful for the help I received. For the first 4 months of my daughter’s life, I battled almost every possible breastfeeding issue. From low milk supply and triple feeds, tongue tie with subsequent laser release, and even a breast abscess needing 2 months of follow up from a wound care doctor. I fought every battle I came across and overcame every obstacle. When I understood the importance of properly trained lactation support, I knew then what I needed to dedicate the rest of my life to
I became a Certified Lactation Education Counselor through the University of California San Diego, and started working with the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. In 2016, I received my Lactation Consultant Certificate from the University of California, San Diego and also became the Vice President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. In December 2016, I became a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a month later I took over as the President of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition and still hold that title today. In 2017, I decided that I wanted to extend my knowledge to help other healthcare providers in our community and I began my first training with the Nevada State Health Department Nurses. I plan to continue that work throughout the rest of my career and have future health care provider trainings locally in the future. My career and passion is to not only help women and families directly, but also to help our community increase breastfeeding rates.
I am an active member of the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition, International Lactation Consultant Association, and the United States Lactation Consultant Association. I am a specially trained TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissue) Professional (www.chrysalisfeeding.com/professionals), who helps and assists families in proper treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues (also known as Tongue Ties or Oral Restrictions). I have also been trained as Master IBCLC through the Oral Rehabilitation of the Breastfeeing Dyad Masterclass, as well as in various other professional modalities to help families with breastfeeding issues, including Structure and Functional issues.