Jennifer Day, IBCLC
Meet the Lactation Consultant
Hello, my name is Jennifer Day, I am a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) serving, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. My journey into the field of lactation stemmed mostly around my own rocky beginnings with my two children, having worked with providers that either harmed our experience or simply lacked the support I was searching for. Those experiences shaped what I knew my community needed most, relationship and true authenticity.
My humble beginnings led me to work as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, where I counseled and supported breastfeeding families for over 8 years. During that season as a Peer Counselor, I began the pathway toward becoming a Lactation Consultant. Over the course of that journey, I immersed myself into the community, cultivating relationships and building trust in those that reflected the community. I have worked with thousands of clients, all of whom have taught me everything I know today, to trust, listen and advocate on the behalf of my clients.
I have committed myself toward decreasing disparity gaps in breastfeeding, using my voice and platforms, serving the community and by offering Pathway 3 IBCLC Mentorship for aspiring IBCLC’s, equipping and empowering future trailblazers to change the world. I am a leader, public speaker, consultant, clinician, advocate, and educator.
My husband and I reside in the Metro-Detroit area with our two children, where we enjoy growing our own food, traveling and exploring the community. We are afforded with the opportunity to run our own businesses as photographers, videographers and consultants, while being present parents as we raise our two growing children and for that we are grateful!
We are living our dreams and fulfilling our purpose.
Shonte' Terhune-Smith, BS, IBCLC
Meet the Lactation Consultant
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder and Owner of a Private Practice, You Overcome Lactation Obstacles (YOLO). Over the past five years, she has worked diligently in Genesee County to increase breastfeeding rates. She has worked in the hospital as a lactation intern and at various pediatric and obstetrician clinics, promoting and educating women about breastfeeding. Normalizing breastfeeding is her passion. She has breastfed her four children and understands the struggles of breastfeeding and how rewarding it is to overcome them.
Rita Little, BS, CHES, CLC
Meet the Intern
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) joined Feed the Babes as a Lactation Intern in Fall of 2018. Rita completed her Bachelor’s with a double major in Health Sciences and Spanish Language at Saginaw Valley State University and is finishing up her graduate studies in Health Education at Eastern Michigan University. In June 2018 her life changed when her son Khari was born, little did she know she would also be unlocking a deep new passion that same day.
"My breastfeeding journey was so unique, complicated, beautiful and rewarding all wrapped up into one. I learned so much trying to teach myself about breastfeeding and also learned along the way what challenges post-surgical moms like myself face. During one of my own visits with a lactation consultant I realized how amazing it would be to help other moms like me find their own definition of success in breastfeeding and support them through their journey."
Khari is bright, happy, growing strong and is still loving his mommy milkies! With 15 years’ experience in various health care related roles, Rita intends to combine her strong formal background with her passion for improving community health to support healthy outcomes for moms and babies for years to come.