Kerry Ann Beal, BS, IBCLC
Growing up as the oldest of seven children, I was exposed to breastfeeding at a very young age. Along with my own mother, I had aunts who breastfed until their children weaned on their own and were actively involved in their local La Leche Leagues. I was 16 when my youngest sibling was born, and breastfeeding was simply a normal fact of life and having babies. I did not know anything different. When it came time for my own children, there was never any other thought behind feeding my babies outside of breastfeeding. However, I was very unprepared for how hard it could be and dealt with many obstacles after the birth of my oldest. I was blessed to have an amazing lactation staff on hand and lots of family support to help me get through each and every issue. That same child went on to breastfeed until she weaned herself at 3.5 years of age, even tandem nursing with her younger sister for 19 months. Soon after followed my son and I am currently breastfeeding my two month old daughter.
My goal is to help each mother and baby to succeed in their breastfeeding journey no matter how long or short. Every mother’s lactation experience is different and supporting each mother in how she wants to take the journey is very important to me. I am first and foremost a mother, I have been where you are and know how challenging it can be. My personal focus areas within lactation are tongue and lip tie restrictions, over-supply and overactive letdown interactions, and congenital heart defects.
Prior to having children, I worked in the insurance industry as a medical underwriter before becoming a stay at home mom. After the birth of my son, I decided to make a career change and pursue my passion of lactation education. I went back to school and received a Bachelor’s degree in Maternal Child Health and Human Lactation. I completed my clinical lactation internship in 2017 at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant along with being a member of the New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition, and the International Lactation Consultants Association. I live in Mercer County with my music teacher husband and four children.