Parkview Lactation Consulting Services

Helping mothers meet their own breastfeeding goals

For all your lactation needs – pregnancy, weaning & beyond

Meet Our Lactation Team

Valeri Gatlin MA, ICCE, IBCLC
Valeri Gatlin has been an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) since 2006. She has worked diligently and passionately alongside mothers and families to help them grow successful on their breastfeeding journey. She has experience with both term and medically compromised infants facing many obstacles. Tongue and lip tie, slow to gain, and maternal breast surgeries are among the situations she has experienced.

Valeri has an extensive teaching background. In 2000, she became a Certified Childbirth Educator with the International Childbirth Educator’s Association. She has written curriculum and taught classes to teens, as well as, for the home and hospital setting. She regularly lectures in the medical school and provides continuing education classes to nurses working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Family Care Units of local hospitals. She holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Speech Communications. She is an advocate for mothers nursing with adoptive children and the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas.
Personally, she is the wife to a wonderfully supportive husband and the mother to two beautiful grown sons, whom she breastfed for eighteen months each.

Brittney Shipley BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Brittney spent the first 6 years of her nursing career on an adult Surgical ICU Unit. In 2020 her son, Barrett, was born and she learned firsthand the struggles of breastfeeding and tongue ties. Once she learned of Barrett’s tongue tie, she had Dr. Dusty perform his frenectomy, and Valeri assisted her and Barrett on their breastfeeding journey. It was in the hardships of her own journey that her passion to help other moms began. She knew she wanted to pursue a career as a lactation consultant.

In 2021, she became a certified lactation consultant followed by passing her boards in 2022 to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). As someone who personally knows the struggles of breastfeeding, she is humbled and honored at the opportunity to help other moms and babies on their own breastfeeding journeys. As an IBCLC, Brittney is here to help families achieve their breastfeeding and feeding goals.

What We Provide

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural interactions between a parent and child. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. There is a learning curve for both parties there are also times where ties can be the culprit of the issues with nursing. If you or your baby are struggling, we want to help.

Through Parkview Lactation Consulting services we are able to screen for lip and tongue ties, revise them with a Parkview Pediatric dentist, and follow you through the process every step of the way to support you on your feeding journey.

Ways we can help:

  • Before birth breastfeeding consultation
  • Getting a comfortable latch
  • Breastfeeding early term and preterm infants
  • Pumping and returning to work
  • Weight checks
  • Weaning Preparation
  • Screening for lip and tongue ties

What is in IBCLC

For 25 years, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCS) have provided high quality lactation care and services to new mothers and infants. They work hand-in-hand with prenatal and postpartum providers to help new families meet their breastfeeding goals, and to help hospitals establish and support protocols for exclusive breastfeeding.

 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are:

  • Recognized all over the world as possessing the only standardized, board certified lactation credential available
  • Knowledgeable about up-to-date evidence-based practices in lactation as demonstrated through a rigorous exam process
  • Experienced in a wide variety of complex breastfeeding situations
  • Competent to assist mothers with establishing and sustaining breastfeeding, even in the midst of difficulties and high-risk situations that can arise
  • Sensitive to the needs of both mothers and children as they work to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals
  • Ethical in their practice, abiding by Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics and working within a defined Scope of Practice