I told my mom when I was 10 years old that I wanted to feed babies for a living. When I was researching jobs in high school, lactation as a field was really new and not really a thing. I looked into becoming a nurse, but didn't want to give babies shots or draw blood. The field of speech pathology was very attractive to me as it allowed me to work specifically with feeding babies. My entire career has focused on feeding the baby. I worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for years as a speech therapist, but wanted to work even closer with families to feed their babies. I started my journey to become a lactation consultant in 2012. I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2018 at the same time as I launched LA Lactation, LLC. I worked in a hospital for over 12 years, gaining critical and practical medical experience in pediatric feeding and swallowing. In July of 2021, I finally quit my hospital career for full time private practice to focus on families and their individual goals for feeding their babies.
Founder & CEO
Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, IBCLC earned her Masters in speech-language pathology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Certified Lactation Educator Counselor certificate from University of California, San Diego. She has worked with infants and children with pediatric feeding disorders. Her skill set includes working with infants with tongue and lip tie, cleft lip and palate, trach and vent dependent, children with development delays and other feeding disorders. She approaches babies from head to toe. After moving to California from the Midwest, she has worked in several local hospitals where she works in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the acute care hospital. While most people assume speech therapists teach children with stuttering or to say their "r's and s's", the bulk of her job is feeding and swallowing. The same things you speak with, you eat with! She became a certified lactation counselor in 2012, a certified lactation educator counselor and IBCLC in 2018. She enjoys empowering families to feed their babies.
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Occupational Therapist & Lactation Consultant
Gabriela Rosas, OTD, OTRL/L, SWC, CLC graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela with a degree in occupational therapy; and acquired her master and doctorate Degree at the University of Southern California. She earned the advanced practice license for swallowing (SWC) through the California Board of Occupational Therapy and the Lactation Counselor certification through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. She has worked as a pediatric therapist in different settings since 2010. Additionally, she has training in tongue ties, bodywork for baby, myofascial release, sensory integration. She aims to provide a holistic approach to support the family lactation goals. She is a proud twin mom who is going strong breastfeeding her babies for one year. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Gabriela Rosas, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, CLC se graduó de la Universidad Central de Venezuela con un titulo de terapeuta ocupacional. Ella luego completo su maestría y doctorado en la Universidad del Sur de California. Adicionalmente, obtuvo su licencia de deglución por la Comisión de Terapia Ocupacional en California y la certificación de Consultora de Lactancia por la Academia de la norma y Practica de la lactancia. Ella ha estado ejerciendo como terapeuta ocupacional pediátrica en diferentes áreas desde el 2010. Asimismo, tiene conocimientos en frenillo de la lengua (anquiloglosia), trabajo corporal en bebes, liberación miofascial, integración sensorial. Su objetivo principal es brindar una intervención holística en esta nueva etapa, como es la lactancia. Gabriela es mama de dos mellizos que se siente muy orgullosa de haberlos amamantado por un año. Ella habla inglés y español..
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