Gemma has been extremely helpful in my breastfeeding journey. In the first part of my journey, I was planning on adopting a baby and wanted to induce lactation. She was very supportive and spent a lot of time talking with me and explaining the process. She gave suggestions and recommendations on techniques for pumping, herbs to use, resources to look at...I wouldn't have known where to begin without her! She was so excited with me when I pumped my first drop of milk! My journey then turned to breastfeeding a biological child! Gemma was very knowledgeable and helpful in respect to achieving a proper latch, problem solving with clogged ducts and painful feeding, and encouraging me at the right time to get help from a dentist when we were dealing with tongue/lip tie issues. Gemma was a blessing to work with and I'm very blessed to have had the chance to work with her! I would recommend her to help everyone on their journey.
~Elizabeth Linn (Physical Therapist)
Gemma has been an angel in my breastfeeding experience, if it weren't for her I would have given up in the first week. Right from the beginning, she provided me with very helpful information. She was extremely available and was always quick to answer my questions, no matter what time of day. Her knowledge is both evidence-based, as well as firsthand from years of working with mothers and babies and her own personal experience. Gemma is extremely passionate about what she does and her kindness and love for mothers, babies, and breastfeeding are undeniable. We are very fortunate to have such a reliable, knowledgeable, professional, compassionate lactation consultant in the area. I know that my success in breastfeeding is directly related to the help that Gemma provided me. I would recommend Gemma to anyone: friends, family, coworkers, etc. If you want to succeed in breastfeeding, recruit Gemma as part of your team! She is absolutely the best!
~Nicole Lang RN (Nicky Rosenbaum)
Gemma was such a blessing to us! With our third son, she helped figure out that he was both tongue and lip tied. He was not able to get adequate milk with breastfeeding or a bottle, so she taught us to use a small cup until the surgery could be done. Thanks to her helpful guidance and coaching, we were able to take care of the issue and continue breastfeeding! I really appreciated her caring follow-up and sweet encouragement. She is extremely trustworthy and really does want to see moms and their babies bond well through breastfeeding. Gemma is the best breastfeeding resource there is and I cannot recommend her enough!
Becoming a mom and learning how to provide for my baby was difficult for me. With Gemma's experience and knowledge, she was able to guide through the breastfeeding process. She was able to give details about a variety of things including: proper baby latching, how to look for lip/tongue ties, baby's milk needs, and mom's milk supply. I was comforted by Gemma's soothing nature and calm demeanor. I am forever thankful for Gemma's guidance as she assisted me to become more confident in breastfeeding and raising my child.
Words simply cannot do you justice for all your help over the years. I have known Gemma for 3 years. I first met her at a breastfeeding support group that I attended as a first-time mom, exhausted and anxious that something wasn’t right. My first had a lip tie and my nipple split in three. Gemma worked with my daughter and me to get a better latch. She coached me through my doubts and cheered for our successes. Being a mom is hard. Working full-time is hard. Doing both while navigating breastfeeding seemed impossible. Gemma helped me work through my anxiety and mom guilt with her knowledge and compassion. Getting through motherhood and nursing one day at a time changed to weeks and then months with Gemma. I kept mini goals in mind with the ultimate goal being a year (due to all the “recommendations” you hear as a FTM). My next wave of anxiety came when I found out I was pregnant with my second blessing when my first was 8 months old. I didn’t want to quit breastfeeding. I went back to Gemma for guidance. I had a million questions. What do I do? Nurse while pregnant? Can you do that? Do I have to stop at one year? What happens when the new baby comes? Can you nurse two? Over the course of my pregnancy Gemma empowered me to do what felt best and natural for me! She encouraged and provided her expertise along the way. I am extremely grateful for Gemma because I can proudly say I have exclusively breastfed my first for 3 years and counting. I breastfed through my pregnancy, and I have tandemed nursed for 18 months and counting. I have survived tongue and lip ties, shallow latches, oversupply issues, low supply issues, anxiety, and motherhood with Gemma’s help. I have become passionate about breastfeeding and support others because it takes a village. I have been blessed to have Gemma in my village and I highly recommend her as an addition to yours!
~Heather Steinhofer RN
Gemma is such an excellent resource for breastfeeding. She gave me several in-home consultations and came up with a plan tailored to me and my baby to make us successful.
She made me more effective as a nursing mom by giving ideas on feeding techniques and oral development exercises. Her unique perspective and one-on-one approach helped my little boy go from just surviving to thriving, I cannot recommend Gemma enough!
I’m on my third baby but had never been able to breastfeed due to tongue ties in all my children, I was finally able to exceed my feeding goals thanks to Gemma’s kind, gentle, and knowledgeable support.
~Kendra & Elliott Anderson (Pharmacists)
I have had the pleasure of knowing Gemma for about 4.5 years. She was one of the AMAZING lactation consultants at the Nursing Nook when my 4.5-year-old and 1.5 year old were infants. I did not have the most enjoyable start to my breastfeeding journey. Both of my babies were severely constricted with movement in their mouth and ended up having an upper lip and posterior tongue tie revision at 7 weeks and 5 days old. Gemma was the first person that assessed my babies and encouraged me to get an opinion from a specialist. Gemma is so knowledgeable about breastfeeding and is extremely patient and professional with every new mom that walks through the door. Her passion for breastfeeding is remarkable. When I had my 1.5-year old I knew something was not right with his nursing. Gemma made herself easily accessible and approachable. I was able to call her at 2100 at night, frustrated, in pain, and my emotions running high. She was so encouraging to me, helping me troubleshoot some of my problems and meeting me at the Nursing Nook the very next day. I think my passion for breastfeeding stemmed from the support I received from Gemma. As new moms, we are already scared and to have someone there to answer questions whether it is through text, over the phone, or in-person can help create a beautiful breastfeeding story. She is always expanding her knowledge, which I respect, especially with the ever-changing health care system. Thank you, Gemma, for your dedication and passion for us new moms.
~Sarah Hardman BSN, RN, CMSRN
As a first time mom, I thought the only difficult thing about breastfeeding would be the amount of time spent doing it. I just thought it would be exhausting! It was very unexpected when my daughter and I encountered several issues. She didn’t gain weight as fast as they expected because she had tongue and lip ties (first suspected by Gemma!) which caused her to be unable to transfer as much milk as she needed. We got the ties released but not before my supply took a hit. Gemma was there for my family through it all. She knew how important it was to me to breastfeed my daughter and she always had another suggestion on what I could try when something else didn’t work. I would not have made it 18 months and counting if it wasn’t for Gemma’s care and support! I will be forever grateful for her guidance during those first few months.
~Michelle & Ethan Marosz
Gemma Regan was like a God-sent angel to us after the birth of our last child. Although I had successfully nursed my first four children, I realized my fifth newborn was different. He had trouble nursing right from the beginning, while we were still in the hospital. The lactation consultants there suspected that our little one had a tongue and lip tie and that he would likely need a small surgical procedure to repair it. After a traumatic c-section, and in the midst of a difficult recovery, this news felt overwhelming to my husband and me. The lactation consultants heartily recommended that I reach out to Gemma for help. They commended her to us as an expert in this particular nursing issue. Gemma graciously came to our house the morning after we got home from the hospital. Her soothing confidence, vast experience, and obvious intelligence put us immediately at ease. She stayed for around two hours: inspecting our son’s mouth and weighing him at various points throughout a nursing session to ensure he was getting enough food. Most importantly, she patiently walked us through the process of where to get a tongue and lip tie and what to expect from that procedure. We were able to have the procedure done within days and two minutes after the procedure he began nursing properly! Gemma followed up with us several times, including offering expert advice on the best nursing products (it had been almost four years since I had had a baby and the technology has changed for the better!) and other tips on motherhood. I am so grateful for her experience and help during this season of our lives and I heartily recommend her!
I’m a Family Doctor who sees moms and babies, and Gemma has been my go-to resource for breastfeeding questions. She has walked many of my patients (both new and experienced moms) through the challenges and rewards of nursing. Gemma has been instrumental in helping to assess latching, milk transfer, and milk production issues. I fully trust her, and my patients love her!
~Dr. Justin Schwalbe (Family Physician)
Gemma is a fantastic resource to help with many breastfeeding issues. As an IBCLC and with a long career in breastfeeding services, she has helped many mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. Her particular knowledge of oral restrictions has helped us treat and manage breastfeeding problems related to TOTS for the last five years. I highly recommend her for knowledge and expertise.
~Dr. Rachel Poulsen, DDS