Founder and Lead Clinician: Kira Kim, IBCLC, RLC, CLE
Kira Kim is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice serving families in Boston/Cambridge and the North Shore of Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Public health, is a Clinical Herbalist and has studied out-of-hospital based midwifery care through Mercy in Action and the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance. Marrying her love of birth with lactation, her clinical interest is in the influence of fetal positioning during labor and birth on early nursing success. In addition to providing in home lactation care, she teaches prenatal lactation for parents, lactation basics for doulas and midwives, and runs a small group for female identifying individuals on the topic of emotional blocks to sexual satisfaction.
She is the Past President of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association and former consumer chair on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance. Whether she is helping new families navigate the early days, helping a nursing duo define their own success or teaching birthworkers and parents, she is passionate about connecting with other people and encouraging them to spread their knowledge to others. She firmly believes in the importance of alone time and you can often find her riding her bike, playing her piano or perusing antique shops for mid-century modern furniture. She lives by the beach with her husband, their four rambunctious kids, and a old, lazy cat.
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Associate Clinician: Anja Higashibaba IBCLC, RLC
Anja is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness. Her drive to cultivate a career in lactation support blossomed from a passion for lactation rights and equal access among all parents and children to quality lactation care.
Her experience as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at a local WIC office supporting and counseling parents gave her a solid foundation in lactation care. It was there that she realized that she wanted to provide a deeper level of care, so she started her journey to becoming an IBCLC. While studying for her IBCLC exam, she interned under Kira in private practice and enjoyed the pace. She also found the one on one care that she desired. Having passed her Board Exam, she is currently working per diem on two busy hospital floors providing inpatient lactation services. She joined The Boston Area Lactation Connection in 2022 as an Associate Clinician and will be serving patients North of Boston.
When she’s not working, you can find Anja plotting her next adventure with her 4-year-old son, running on a trail, or hanging at the nearest coffee shop.