A HEALTHY START BEGINS WITH MOM

Nutrition and Breastfeeding Consulting

Here to help wherever you are on your journey…

pregnancy

A healthy mother greatly impacts the health of the developing baby. Learn what you can do today to help have a healthy pregnancy.

postpartum

A mother’s initial postpartum period and breastfeeding journey can present new challenges, including new demands on her nutritional state. Find out different ways you can thrive in life after baby arrives.

breastfeeding

While breastfeeding is nature’s way of feeding our babies, it does not always come naturally. Receive expert help from an IBCLC trained to provide you with information and guidance to help you and your baby get back on track and reach your breastfeeding goals.

“Kayla is awesome! I first worked with her during a group-oriented sugar elimination diet, in which she provided amazing education, advice, and suggestions to achieve healthier but realistic dietary habits. After this, I continued to work with Kayla individually to address some of my own specific issues, including tailoring my diet to my physical activities and fertility issues. Kayla is great at helping you achieve a regimen that makes sense for you and your lifestyle, and I’ve really enjoyed all that I’ve learned from her!"

– Rachel | Broomfield, CO

“The first two weeks of breastfeeding were so challenging. I had so many questions and concerns as I was going. My little girl was born early, and had troubles establishing my supply since she was so sleepy to eat all the time. I was incredibly thankful to Kayla who helped ease my anxiety over breastfeeding struggles tremendously. Kayla responded very quickly to all of my questions and messages and was extremely thorough in her explanations. Breastfeeding my daughter went so much more smoothly and easily with Kayla's help. Working with Kayla was an incredible blessing and an amazing experience.”

– Ciara | Colorado Springs, CO

About Kayla

Hi there! My name is Kayla Thorngate and I am passionate about women’s nutrition, especially when it pertains to aspects of motherhood. The health of a woman (preconception through postpartum) can have a lifelong impact on her child’s health and I love helping women in this incredible season.

I have had the privilege of working with many women and have seen firsthand the transformational impact of nutrition in their lives. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I have worked with women in varying stages of life with varying health goals. Whether you are trying to get pregnant, are in the midst of your pregnancy, or are in the first few years after giving birth, I would love to connect with you to hear your goals and the ways I can support your nutrition and health. I look forward to coming alongside you in your journey!

Kayla Thorngate RDN , IBCLC

FAQ

Q1 | What is telenutrition?
Telenutrition (a form of telehealth) provides access to a professional from the convenience of your home (or wherever you decide to have a call).

Q2 | How does telehealth work?
Great question! Telehealth is a convenient way to connect with a professional through a phone or video call. Any information follows strict HIPAA guidelines just as if you were meeting with a professional in person. It’s simply using the tools available today to increase accessibility to licensed professionals.

Q3 | What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and helps individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes. The academic and professional requirements to become a RD/RDN include:
  • Earning a baccalaureate degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completing an accredited, supervised internship program at a health care facility, community agency and/or foodservice corporation
  • Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Completing continuing professional education credits needed to maintain registration

Q4 | How does a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist differ from a nutritionist?
Unlike dietitians, the nutritionist profession is much less protected under the law. Some states may require nutritionists to obtain an occupational license from a Board of Nutrition, while other states allow individuals to practice as nutritionists without any previous education, training or work experience.

Q5 | What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and is certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). 

IBCLCs improve breastfeeding outcomes. IBCLCs have a unique body of knowledge and skill to provide breastfeeding and lactation care in routine and high-risk situations. The availability of IBCLCs increases breastfeeding rates, which, in turn, improves the health outcomes of the community, nation, and the world.

IBCLCs lower health costs. Formula feeding increases adverse health outcomes, difficult hospital re-admissions, hospital lengths of stay, and lost days at work by parents due to sick children. The increased number of infants that are breastfed because of the availability of IBCLCs lowers these formula-related healthcare costs.

IBCLCs improve consumer satisfaction. By helping breastfeeding families to achieve their lactation goals, IBCLCs improve the care of parents and infants. Consequently, consumer satisfaction with the healthcare team increases.

IBCLCs improve an institution’s image. Improvement of consumer satisfaction enhances any institution’s competitive image. The availability of an IBCLC improves an institution’s image as a breastfeeding-friendly entity. This can increase the institution’s consumer base and can be particularly helpful in meeting accreditation and quality measurement standards.

IBCLCs improve consumer trust. IBCLCs are knowledgeable and ethical professionals who are bound by a code of professional conduct, scope of practice, and standards of practice. The certification is a privilege and revocable for cause. Thus, families and communities trust IBCLCs.

IBCLCs improve breastfeeding programs and policies. The clinical practice experience and empirical knowledge of IBCLCs give insight into lactation program development. IBCLCs are instrumental in policy and program development discussions on any issues that affect breastfeeding families and communities.

Source: https://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/ibclc

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