Mary Francell, MA, IBCLC

Mary Francell has been supporting parents as a community based breastfeeding counselor since 1995 and became an IBCLC in 2015. She holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Before having children, Mary worked as a writer/editor for several universities.

Mary loves helping parents with their breastfeeding/chestfeeding journeys and is particularly interested in the interaction between biology and culture in parenting. She writes a blog called What Babies Need and administers the Biologically Normal Infant Sleep group on Facebook. Mary is a contributing editor and writer for Leader Today, an international blog for La Leche League Leaders.

She and her husband Howard moved to Bellingham from Atlanta, where Mary worked as a lactation consultant in a pediatric office and also with a private lactation practice. They have three grown children, two of whom attended Western Washington University. In her spare time, Mary enjoys birdwatching, yoga, hiking, bicycling and singing in a community choir.

Mary is a board certified lactation consultant and licensed by the state of Georgia.

"I am constantly learning - I love attending conferences, reading, listening to podcasts and increasing my skills. I listen to parents and meet them where they are. I am careful, organized and thorough. I love babies and supporting parents on their nursing journeys."

Mary Francell, IBCLC