Lynnelle 

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Hello!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Lynnelle King and I live in Idaho's Treasure Valley. My experience and formal education in the field of Lactation began as a La Leche League member over 25 years ago and a La Leche League Leader over 21 years ago. This community outreach and support system fostered my trust in breastfeeding and my feelings of compassion while working with many families of all ages and stages. The foundational knowledge I gained in this service, set the stage for understanding a wide variety of breastfeeding norms, issues and solutions. 

I support breastfeeding families from our community, seeing clients in their own homes as well as in my private office.To create this nurturing, informative environment for families, my lactation appointments run a full hour and parents are able to discuss a myriad of pertinent topics related to both their lactation and other new family concerns.

I have been a student of lactation ever since my first child was born over 26 years ago. With each of our eight children, new and different challenges presented themselves and I became extremely interested in finding effective solutions
that supported my belief that, whenever possible, babies and children are happy when parented positively, held and fed by their mothers and other primary care people.


Cranio Sacral Therapy: 

This has been a fantastic addition to my lactation practice. This light touch therapy is a method of evaluating and enhancing the CranioSacral system, the environment in which the brain and spinal cord function. Occasionally, a baby will have breastfeeding difficulty due to the birth story, presentation during pregnancy or anatomy issues. Babies, children and their parents can benefit from this gentle connective therapy which seeks to reduce the stresses of these experiences and
balance the Cranio Sacral Rhythm.



Parenting in 7 words: 
(I had to write two sentences)
I’m delighted with what we’ve created together!
The sock pile deserves its own party!!



What do you love about Idaho/Boise?
I love hiking in the foothills  or walking the greenbelt with my family; .I love the homeschooling laws in Idaho and the myriad of educational choices we have in the valley; I love how every time I drive into the valley after traveling, it just feels like home; and I also love that it only takes a few minutes to get through the security line at the airport.



Your favorite book to read with your kids?
We Were Tired of Living in a House by Leisel Moak Skorpen
I love this book SOOO much! The illustrations are fantastic and the story so REAL!!

 


What’s your take away from YOUR breastfeeding experience?
No matter how much I thought I knew, I learned something new about breastfeeding with every baby.
After every birth, giving each infant the space to “figure it out with me” was crucial,
and each baby had a different issue that needed attention, correction or nurture.
From blisters, sleepy babies, twins, cleft lip, low birth weight, tandem nursing, lots of tears
and blissful moments, breastfeeding 8 children held a huge piece of my life in its season.



Are you practicing as a doula now?
I became interested in doula work when a friend attended my husband and me during my labor with our twins. Her support helped to ease the mental and emotional burdens of the “what if’s” that accompanied my “high risk” pregnancy. I took my first DONA International doula training 16 years ago while pregnant with our 6th child and while I have attended over 75 births (in hospital, birth centers and homes), and taken a second DONA Birth Doula Training. However,  my focus is now on my greatest passion which is feeding support.
~AND~
Please know that if you are struggling with breastfeeding or feeding issues with your infant, 
You are not alone and together we can find solutions to most problems!


 

Education:
Lynnelle's support of the family has led her to pursue and receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting. Lynnelle is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is also a certified lactation educator (CLEC, ALC). Lynnelle has been a La Leche League leader in Oregon and Idaho. In 2013-2014, Lynnelle interned at both St. Luke's locations in the Treasure Valley with Mother-baby.

Lynnelle is continuing her education in CranioSacral Therapy through The Upledger Institute. Her current focus is in Pediatric CranioSacral work. Of CranioSacral Therapy, she says "This work is an incredible gift, I have seen it's value for babies, children, adults and our seniors to achieve and support whole-health."

In pursuit of developing a greater understanding of relationships as they develop within the family, Lynnelle has studied Adlerian Theory with an Emphasis in Parenting for several years with ISIP of Idaho and Directions Parenting. 
She regularly attends educational seminars to keep her skills current and evidence based.

Lynnelle is currently serving as the State Chair of the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition. More information about the work she does there can be found at www.idahobreastfeeding.org/

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Realizing that not every breastfeeding relationship looks like the pictures in a book, I work hard to help mother and baby dyads that struggle to have the information they need to make informed choices they can feel good about for years to come.

For 27 years, I have been the wife of an adventurous husband and the mother of eight children, and am delighted to be a first time Grandma. We love to work, hike, read and sing as a family.