Meet the Team!
Hello! My name is Nastassia Davis and I am a Registered Nurse (RN), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and owner of Latch. I am a mother to 4 (3 by birth) beautiful children. I had a unique experience breastfeeding each of them. My last was born premature at 34 weeks and spent a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This experience has given me a new perspective on the struggles of a NICU mother. Breastfeeding has always been something I've been extremely passionate about.
WHY I FOUNDED LATCH
Latch was founded in 2016 to fill a major void in the lactation community. The postpartum home visit has been grossly under valued. Let's face it, breastfeeding isn't always easy. I never want a family to give up on their dream of breastfeeding because they do not have access to the help they need. Access to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant has been proven to increase breastfeeding success and the ability to breastfed for a longer period of time. My goal is to promote the importance of this visit for all mothers by providing them with the necessary tools to reach their breastfeeding goals.
I have been a RN for over 11 years and worked in hospitals New York and New Jersey specializing in mother-baby, nursery, and antepartum care. I have held positions as a staff nurse, hospital lactation consultant, and a nursing educator. My passion for breastfeeding lead me to leave the hospital to assist mothers and their babies full-time. My background also includes experience in newborn resuscitation (CPR).
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Education is extremely important to me and I consider myself to be a life long learner. I am currently attending American Sentential University pursing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I hold a Masters of Nursing Education from Mercy College (2012) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle (2004).
I became an IBCLC in 2009 through the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners. My certification can be verified by clicking here.
I am also certified in Maternal Newborn Nursing by the National Certification Corporation.
My name is Sakeenah Dowell and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I am a proud mother of two beautiful girls that were breastfed a total of 4 years. My passion for providing lactation education and support spans over a decade and I don't have any plans to slow down. Having experience with NICU newborns as well as full term babies allows me to customize the needs of each couplet. My goal is to support and empower mothers in order to assist them with accomplishing their breastfeeding goals.