Heidi Cramer, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultants

Practices In: Elmhurst
Patients Seen: All Ages

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.

Clinical Interests

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.

Personal Interests

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.

Trinity Christian College Graduation Date: 2010 Degree: BSN