Tess Johnson's Story
Tess Johnson, RN, PHN, IBCLC, is a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a wife and mom of three happy, healthy breastfed girls. Her main objective is to encourage and empower the mothers and families of the Fresno/Clovis area to achieve their wellness goals by providing compassionate, family-centered lactation care. She recognizes that most mothers have at least a little anxiety related to breastfeeding, but she also knows that a bit of skillful, gentle, and family-centered lactation support can get moms through it all. Having worked with thousands of mothers and babies in a hospital-based lactation department throughout the years, Tess has seen amazing things happen when the right help arrives when needed. She will enthusiastically assist you to a peaceful and confident breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

Mission Statement
Tess Johnson Lactation Services will provide optimal care to the mothers, babies, and families of the Fresno/Clovis area through evidence-based practice, compassionate breastfeeding counseling, and an awareness that each family has a unique set of strengths, needs, and goals. Additionally, this service will be conducted with a sense of global preservation in mind, because it is everyone’s responsibility to minimize our impact on the Earth.

Company Background
Tess Johnson, RN, IBCLC has been an active member of the Fresno/Clovis area since 1989. Tess has participated in recent World Breastfeeding Month activities such as the Breastfeeding Walk held at Woodward Park annually, and Babyfest celebrations which aim to bring information and support to young families of the local community. While Tess Johnson Lactation Services is new on the Fresno scene, Tess has been at the heart of lactation events in the region for a very long time.

What's A Lactation Consultant?
You will often hear of a Lactation specialist referred to as a Lactation Consultant, but what does that really mean? There are Lactation Educators, Lactation Counselors, and Lactation Consultants, but each of these classifications holds a different set of skills and educational qualifications. The Lactation Educator and Counselor have attended a 40 to 45 hour course in lactation management or teaching, which allows them to teach or counsel mothers who have general breastfeeding questions and concerns. The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant has documented thousands of practice hours before sitting for an internationally standardized exam. Upon passing this exam and proving the required practice has been completed, this individual can call herself a Lactation Consultant, or IBCLC. While not all IBCLC's are registered nurses, the health assessment and care planning background of an RN's training is a great asset to her practice as a Lactation Consultant. A combination of an RN and IBCLC licensure, therefore, indicates that the practitioner may adequately assess the health of both mother and baby, identify areas which deviate from normal, and create a plan of care which aims to improve the wellness outcomes for the family with breastfeeding goals. In addition to being a registered nurse and an IBCLC, Tess is also licensed as a Public Health Nurse, indicating a deeper knowledge base about the individual's health as it relates to the community, and a Registered Lactation Consultant, indicating that she can be considered an expert in the field of lactation management.



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