Safiya Hafizi, RN, IBCLC, FNP-C – Simply Lactation, Lactation Consultant. I am a Registered Nurse (RN) graduated with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Houston Baptist University (HBU) in 2007. I have always loved interacting with families and thus, I found my niche in postpartum/mother-baby care as a nurse. I found my passion in the field of lactation when I moved to India for 1 year and learned the skills of being a lactation counselor. I had various learning opportunity there from teaching a prenatal class to experiencing the indigent mothers in a municipal hospital learning to breastfeed their newborn. I truly saw the miracle of God when a baby left skin to skin led himself/herself to breastfed. That day I understood breastfeeding is one of the most natural instinct one is born with. To further grow professionally and personally in the field of lactation, I decided to obtain my certification as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). To advance in my profession, I took several courses and worked with lactation consultants to give my board exam and now I currently work as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant at a private hospital in the Texas medical center. I truly believe knowledge is virtue and thus, I have earned a master’s degree as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
Tabassum Mithani – Simply Lactation, Administrator. I work in the medical research industry, and am a mother of two boys. I graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2005 with a BA in Economics. As we become parents we want to give our children the best of everything: the best education, the best healthcare, and of course the best nutrition. There is no better nutrition that a mother can provide to a child other than breast milk. I became a mom when I was still pursuing my education, and I wanted to be able to support all my baby’s needs without having to give up on my studies. With all the technology and resources out there, it is so easy to make use of them to make our lives simple. When I started to breastfeed it was difficult, painful, and exhausting and I almost gave up. My lactation consultant gave me the support to keep pushing myself because it was best for the baby, and helped me realize that with time it really does become simple. That is why when the idea of creating Simply Lactation was put on the table, I wanted to be a part of it and provide that same support for every new mom. Many of my friends and family have told me that they had given up because it was too difficult, especially when it was time to go back to work, and each and every person who has shared their experience about giving up told me it was their biggest regret. They wished they had the support to have made breastfeeding work for their lifestyle. Simply Lactation was created to provide the right support to every new mom so they never feel this regret. Breastfeeding created an indescribable connection between me and my children and I know it was the best decision I made for them.