My name is Jessica Barton and I am a compassionate and experienced internationally board certified lactation consultant. (IBCLC) I had a private practice in addition to a clinic practice for a total of 6 years. I recently relocated to Corvallis, Oregon where I am currently staying home with my three kids and keeping my eyes peeled for part-time lactation work.
My areas of expertise include milk supply issues, sore nipples/breasts, latch issues, weight gain concerns, past breast surgery, tongue tie, past breastfeeding problems, traumatic birth, planning to return to work/school, not enjoying breastfeeding, lactation support after infant loss, pregnancy/tandem nursing, pumping issues, weaning support, and many more.
I have experience and am available to give talks on topics such as tongue tie, breastfeeding support for doulas, and breastfeeding classes for parents-to-be.
About Jessica Barton
I am the mother of three children and I was inspired by the support I received while learning to breastfeed my oldest child and decided to become a La Leche League leader in 2009. I pursued further lactation specific education in 2010, including three years of experience volunteering with a hospital lactation consultant in an outpatient breastfeeding support group. In 2011 I qualified as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and began building my private practice. I also work part-time as a lactation consultant for a local clinic. I feel honored to support women and their families at this amazing time in their lives.
I have been supporting breastfeeding mothers and families for over 8 years. I am a strong advocate of prenatal education, postpartum support, accurate information about breastfeeding, and mother-to-mother support to help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.
As a lactation consultant, I have a wide variety of experience in both clinical settings and private practice. I have expertise in many areas including milk supply issues, sore nipples/breasts, latch issues, weight gain concerns, past breast surgery, tongue tie, past breastfeeding problems, traumatic birth, planning to return to work/school, not enjoying breastfeeding, lactation support after infant loss, pregnancy/tandem nursing, pumping issues, weaning support, and many more.
I maintain an informational blog at SantaBarbaraLactation.com/blog. I am a member of the Santa Barbara Breastfeeding Coalition, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals.
I have a bachelors degree in Physical Science and German from Colorado State University and a masters degree in teaching from Western New Mexico University. Originally from Colorado, I spent 3 years in Namibia and Malawi with the Peace Corps, and three years teaching middle school math and science near the Navajo Nation in Gallup, New Mexico. For 6 years, I was employed as an education and outreach specialist for a global telescope network in Goleta. I speak Spanish, German, French, and Chitumbuka. I have also studied American Sign Language and Arabic. I live in Goleta, CA with my husband and three children. In addition to my family, I am passionate about local organic food, alternative transportation, international development, universal health care, music, half marathons and astronomy.