The first breast pump is credited to being invented/patented in 1854 by O. H. Needham. Since then, the pump industry has exploded, making breast pumps of some sort accessible throughout the Western World. But, while technology has transitioned with the times, the bias that exists within lactation has not. Clinicians are still drawing hard lines on what the “true” definition is. In this presentation, we’ll dive into why there’s still a debate and answer the age old question. Spoiler alert: Pumping is breastfeeding. Period.
Nichelle Clark is an IBCLC and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS), wife, and mother of one residing in Chesapeake, Virginia.
She is the owner of SonShine & Rainbows Lactation Services. Born and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD, Nichelle joined the United States Navy in 2010 and served honorably for 7.5 years. In her spare time, she admins multiple online support groups for People of Color, providing breastfeeding support and lactation education to her community.
As an exclusive pumping mom, Nichelle is a champion for breastfeeding parents to write their own rules and breastfeed their way. In 2020, she founded Black Breastfeeding 365, an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between Black Parents and the Lactation Professionals who serve them. She was a guest on the Lactation Business Coaching Podcast here.
When she’s not spending time with her husband and 3 year old son, she serves as a United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) Advisory Board Member.
Pumping is Breastfeeding. Period. (1.5 L-CERPs + 1.5 CEUs)
“I am an exclusively pumping parent (by choice) myself and because I work closely with parents in that community. The by choice part is important, because I don’t believe that pumping is a consolation prize for not nursing. It can be and is a choice for many.”Nichelle Brittany Clark IBCLC, CBS