As a nurse, my passion for helping families welcome their newborns into the world started early in my career. During my obstetrics clinical in nursing school, I eagerly woke up at 3:30am to learn and assist in caring for these families. This passion continued when I became a mother-baby nurse at the Family Birthing Center at Elmhurst Hospital, where I discovered my love for supporting families with their breastfeeding journey. As a lactation consultant, I have found my true calling. Breastfeeding is a complex field that goes beyond just helping the baby latch on. It’s about providing holistic support to mothers, partners, and families, as they adjust to a new normal and navigate the challenges of parenthood. This is especially important in today’s stressful and anxious world, where finding a work-life balance can be challenging. As your lactation consultant, I am here to help you through every step of your breastfeeding journey. Whether it’s during the good times or the hard times, I will be there to answer your questions, concerns, and provide the encouragement you need. I am dedicated to being your biggest cheerleader and helping you reach your goals for your family. Together, we can make this precious time with your newborn as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Heidi Cramer, RN, BSN, IBCLC
As a certified lactation consultant, my main area of focus is helping families with their breastfeeding journey. I am experienced in assisting with all aspects of breastfeeding, including latching, milk supply issues, pumping and return to work, and pain associated with breast feeding. I also have a special interest in working with families who have premature babies or babies with special needs. This is even more so true for me, as a mom whose journey started off a little scary and with an unexpected NICU stay. In addition to my lactation expertise, I also have training and experience in providing care for mothers and babies during the postpartum period. This includes helping to support patients with conditions such as postpartum depression and anxiety, and helping families adjust to the changes that come with a new baby. I am also interested in promoting overall wellness for my patients. This includes discussing topics such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to help families achieve optimal health and well-being. Overall, my goal as a healthcare provider is to support families in all aspects of their breastfeeding and postpartum journey. By providing compassionate, evidence-based care and personalized support, I strive to help families reach their goals and thrive in this special time.
When I’m not working as a lactation consultant, I love spending time with my family. My husband and I welcomed our son David in July of 2022, and we have a loving rambunctious dog named Gus who keeps me very busy! We enjoy going for walks together, playing in the park, and exploring new places in our community. In my free time, I also like to connect with friends and their families. We often get together for playdates or family outings, which is a great way for David to socialize and for me to catch up with my loved ones. Volunteering is also important to me, and I enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering with local youth sports. It’s a great way to stay active and involved while also making a positive impact on young people in our community. Lastly, I have a love for classic movies and enjoy watching them whenever I get the chance. There’s something about the timeless stories and iconic actors that I find so captivating. Overall, my time outside of medicine is focused on spending quality time with my family, connecting with friends and the community, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life like watching a classic movie.