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 is also an occasional guest host on the Untaming podcast.

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, cats, hiking, bicycling and singing in a community choir.

Mary is a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) 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