My name is Mary McIntosh and I am a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). My husband Chad, and I have four children and guardianship of our two nephews: Rebecca 16, Lily 13, Chad 8, Mary Elizabeth 4, Brandon 12 and Dylan 10. I was very blessed to be able to breastfeed each of my children for several years with the love and support of my husband and family. Their devotion also allows me to homeschool five of the children. My true joy and passion in life is spending time with my family, helping moms with breastfeeding and serving Christ in any way possible.
We are originally from Virginia and have been here in Abilene for almost nine years. I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2000. Then I became a certified Montessori teacher and worked at a Montessori school for three years until our oldest child was in first grade. That's when I began homeschooling. We decided to move to Texas in 2005 to find a better place to raise our children. Abilene seemed to be the perfect town for our new adventure.
I started working as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in 2006 after the birth of our third child. This job was a perfect fit for me. I was able to help other moms with the beautiful relationship of breastfeeding that I had enjoyed with each of my own children. My first day on the job I told my director that I would not stop learning and remain a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, but that one day I would be a Lactation Consultant. Slightly less than three years and hundreds of moms and babies later, in 2009 I was able to take and pass the International Lactation Consultant Exam. Since then I have continued to help many mothers and babies learn how to work together to build a bond that will last the rest of their lives.
Every mom and baby I help is a new and different experience. Whether I am helping with a latch for the first time or helping to correct a bad latch, each time I help build the magnificent bond between a mother and her baby. My heart is filled with joy and awe. The tears of joy that stream down a mother's face are worth more than words. To be part of this incredible nursing relationship between a mother and her baby is very uplifting and fulfilling.