Like many woman before her, Amy Pizzuti-Brown’s interest and passion for breastfeeding began when she became a mother. It was only when she was expecting her first child and started reading the abundance of parenting literature did she realize how important breastfeeding is for the long term health of both children and mothers. However, to her surprise she discovered that breastfeeding is hard work, both time consuming and exhausting. It was certainly not the rosy picture of maternal happiness that she once envisioned. Out of this struggle grew her desire to become a support for women like herself and she proceeded to research the steps she would need to follow in order to become a lactation consultant. Ultimately, her search led her to Union Institute & University, which has one of the few programs for lactation consulting in the United States. UI&U set up affiliation agreements with local hospitals and breastfeeding programs for Amy to complete the required internship within her Master of Arts application courses. Amy describes her experience:
“I found the M.A. Program exciting and challenging as I found my way around academia. At the completion of my program, I had interned at a hospital, a non-profit, and a city health department. I believe that it was due to the diversity of job experience in the program that qualified me to be considered for a position as perinatal educator and lactation consultant at Del Sol Medical Center. I am incredibly proud and very excited that my final document, 'Guilt, Breastfeeding and Health Behavior Change' was recommended for both publishing and presenting at an upcoming international conference on breastfeeding."