Brandi Gates, IBCLC
- Speaker Type: 2017 Main Presentations
- Country: USA
Brandi Gates is an every day, hard working bay area mother. She was born and raised in the diverse San Francisco, Bay Area. She has 3 beautiful daughters Azarriah, 12, Zaleeya, 6 and Ziyanna, 5. While earning her bachelors degree in sociology from Cal-State East Bay, she breastfed Azarriah for 19 months. She understands the time and energy it takes to exclusively breastfeed when there's many life obligations. While overcoming her own lactating difficulties with her daughter Azarriah, she realized how many bay area mothers have issues with breastfeeding and have no one to help. She became very passionate about breastfeeding and decided to pursue a career in helping and educating parents about lactation. She started working at an Alameda County WIC program. When she started there, she would support teen mothers with lactating challenges, going back to school and just being mothers at such a young age. After 3 years, her passion for helping mothers breastfeed grew. At the University of California, San Diego, Brandi earned her lactation consultant certificate in 2010 than went on to become an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) providing in-home lactation consulting, support and education for families throughout the East Bay. Her purpose and passion is to help create strong, healthy and happy families. Brandi is also the lead facilitator of the Breast Friends Mommy’s Group. The group is targeted towards women of color giving them a safe space for overcoming their breastfeeding challenges.