Angela Love-Zaranka, IBCLC, RLC is the Breastfeeding Lady. A board-certified lactation consultant, Angela has worked with nursing mothers and their children for over 20 years.
A mother of four, Angela became an accredited La Leche League volunteer in 1990. At the time, she was breastfeeding her second child and had bouts of recurrent mastitis, a breast infection experienced by nursing mothers. She went to her local La Leche League group for support and the camaraderie of other breastfeeding women. Angela quickly realized that helping women successfully breastfeed was her true calling, and she became an active group Leader for La Leche League International. She began a rigorous program of self-education about breastfeeding and maternal/child health - from breastfeeding techniques, to the physiology of breastfeeding, to nutrition, food allergies and integrative medicine. She lectures at conferences, seminars and workshops to health care professionals and parents. She is a clinical instructor and mentor to aspiring lactation consultants.
Angela continues as an accredited La Leche League Leader. She was president of La Leche League of Virginia/West Virginia for five years. She served on the board of directors for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners for six years as Treasurer, Audit chair, Governance chair. IBLCE is the international credentialing board for board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs).
In 1997, Angela became an IBCLC, RLC an international board certified lactation consultant, registered lactation consultant. She took this step out of her desire to move beyond mother-to-mother support, into a role as a recognized health-care professional. To present, she provides office and in-home consultations, educational outreach and in-services for doctors, nurses and other lactation consultants. Angela is currently employed at a local military hospital, where she is the lead lactation consultant. She runs support groups for her clients, visits mothers at bedside and in an out-patient clinic, providing hands-on assistance to breastfeeding families at all stages.
Angela is a member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association); , LCAGW (Lactation Consultants Association of Greater Washington); member and group leader, La Leche League-Virginia/West Virginia; and registered lactation consultant through IBLCE. She is a lecturer for Lactation Education Resources. Her most recent project with LER was in assisting in the creation of 20 hours of education for health care professionals to meet the educational requirement for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.