Meet the Feed the Babes Team
Jennifer Day IBCLC, CLS, CLE
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder and Owner of Feed the Babes, LLC offers in-home and clinic based, skilled breastfeeding support services. Jennifer also serves a Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) Project Manager. Additionally, she acts as Chairperson of the Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitator of an incredibly successful Breastfeeding Support Group entitled “Meet, Nurse, Love” in Oakland County, MI and Co-Founder of the Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color. The married mother of two happy, healthy, breastfed children endeavors to bring best practices to mothers while equitably educating the public, in an effort to create breastfeeding positive spaces. She is an accomplished public speaker, consultant, advocate and educator with thousands of experiential hours assisting and supporting pregnant and lactating family's in clinical and in-home settings.
Shonte' Terhune-Smith, BS, IBCLC
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
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.