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 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 breastfeeding success. In addition to providing in home lactation care, she teaches prenatal breastfeeding at two area hospitals, works on the floor at another and teaches breastfeeding basics classes to doulas and midwives. 

When she is not immersed in all things lactation, she volunteers her time to causes related to reproductive justice as well as those that serve to increase diversity in the lactation field. She is currently the President of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association and holds the consumer seat on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance. Whether she is helping new families navigate the early days, helping a breastfeeding 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 lives by the beach with her husband and their four rambunctious kids, all four of whom enjoyed extended nursing relationships. 

 

 

Background:

B.A. Sociology/Public Health (University of California, Irvine)

Herbal Therapeutics and Constitutional Evaluation and Materia Medica (Southwest School of Botanical Medicine)

IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, L-119268)

Retired La Leche League Leader

toLabor trained Labor Doula

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (TCM and raw methods)

Fertility Awareness Educator

Faculty and Board Positions:

CAPPA Lactation Educator Faculty

Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association (President)

Massachusetts Midwives Alliance (Consumer Representative Board Member)

Professional Organizations (member of):

American Pregnancy Association

ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association)

La Leche League International (affiliated with Salem, MA and Shanghai, China groups)

CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

MMA (Mass Midwives Alliance) Supporting Member

ICTC (InternationalCenter for Traditional Childbearing)

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)

Random facts:

Kira has played cello for 25 years.

She has had two c-sections, followed by two home births.

She was a Navy brat.

Her first son was named after Kierkegaard.

She knits breasts and the random, odd placenta

She has a penchant for sarcasm.