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©2018 The Village SJ, LLC

Info@thevillageSJ.com

915 Haddon Ave

Collingswood, NJ 08108

856.942.4305

Meet Our Team

In 2013, Avery and Jen opened South Jersey Breastfeeding Center in Haddon Township with the intention of bringing breastfeeding support to South Jersey moms. We started out offering private consultations and a weekly support group. We had such a great response from our community of moms and within few months began forming community partnerships with other small businesses in the area. We found ourselves saying time and again to each other and the hundreds of moms we have encountered in consultations and support groups 'it takes a village...' With that realization, the concept of The Village was born. It has been our goal to bring together a community of providers that would allow women to find support, education and wellness throughout the precious moments of pregnancy and motherhood.

Avery Giordano is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 10 years of hospital based experience. In 2004, Avery was working as an Early Intervention Specialist  at a grant funded hospital program for at-risk families.  The program recieved a grant for infant nutrition and Avery had the opportunity to become a Certified Lactation Counselor.  It was at that time, that she realized she had a passion for helping to support women through their breastfeeding journey.  After additional coursework and an internship, Avery became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2007 and has been supporting moms ever since.  Avery had the unique opporrtunity to hone her skills and knowledge while working in a busy labor and delivery unit, Level 3 NICU, and out patient breastfeeding clinic at one of Las Vegas' busiest birthing hospitals.

 

In 2011, Avery and her family relocated to the South Jersey area and she began working on the Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia Project, a grant funded program to improve maternity care and breastfeeding support in Philadelphia hospitals.  Avery then joined the lactation team at Pennsylvania Hospital providing in-patient breastfeeding support on the postpartum unit (2012-2014), as well as being a preceptor for the Pennsylvania Hospital Lactation Internship Program.  In 2013, Avery and Jen started South Jersey Breastfeeding Center in Haddon Township.

 

Having breastfed her own 3 sons, Avery knows first hand the challenges that can arise along the breastfeeding journey and is excited to have the opportunity to support breastfeeding families in the South Jersey Area.

Co-Founder of South Jersey Breastfeeding & The Village

Avery Giordano, IBCLC

Jennifer Duckles is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration in 1998, and began working as a Maternal/Child and HIV Health Educator at a health center in Boston.  She and her husband relocated to Philadelphia in 2002, at which time Jennifer decided to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Drexel University. Following completion of this program, she spent the first 5 years of her nursing career as a bedside nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital working on a Gynecology/Oncology Medical/Surgical Floor. After having her first child in 2007 she was greatly impacted by both the challenges and rewards the transition into motherhood created and decided to pursue a career in lactation.

 

In 2008 Jennifer began her clinical pursuit as a Lactation Intern at both the Breastfeeding Resource Center in Abington, PA and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During her internship she was fortunate enough to have her second child and experience yet again the challenges and rewards of being a breastfeeding mother. Once Board Certified, she began working as an IBCLC at Pennsylvania Hospital on the postpartum units in addition to dedicating clinical time to the Intensive Care Nursery and Labor and Delivery unit from 2010-2014. In 2013 she and Avery decided to open South Jersey Breastfeeding Center in Haddon Township. She feels honored to work with families during this life-changing time and is grateful everyday to have the opportunity to make a difference.

Co-Founder of South Jersey Breastfeeding & The Village

Jennifer Duckles,RN,IBCLC

Elizabeth Schweizer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. The groundwork for a career working with moms and babies was laid in college during a social work internship at San Francisco General Hospital. While providing counseling support to marginalized postpartum women on the maternity unit, Elizabeth first began to see the need for support that women have after the birth of a baby. 

 

Following a brief stint into the field of publishing at Elsevier, Elizabeth gave birth to her first child in 2006 and her second child in 2009 and experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of transitioning to motherhood. It was her experiences with her own children that channeled her passion for helping women into a desire to support moms on their breastfeeding journeys.

 

In 2011 she volunteered with the Greater Philadelphia Health Action providing prenatal breastfeeding education at the Woodland Avenue clinic in West Philadelphia. She also began working as a community-based postpartum doula with the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides postpartum support to underserved women.

 

In 2012, she decided to begin pursuing certification as an IBCLC. She was admitted to the PRO-LC internship consortium and completed clinical hours at Pennsylvania Hospital, Paoli Hospital and the Breastfeed Resource Center. She was certified as an IBCLC in 2014 and shortly after began working in Camden at WIC until the spring of 2018. She continues to work at Pennsylvania Hospital and Center City Pediatrics in Philadelphia.

 

Elizabeth is continually humbled and honored by the families who allow her to come alongside them during such a pivotal, wondrous, and often vulnerable time. She is excited to be a part of the community at the Village and looks forward to serving the families of South Jersey.

Joined South Jersey Breastfeeding in 2018

Elizabeth Schweizer, IBCLC

Angelina Itri is a graduate from Drexel’s IBCLC program. She has been interning at South Jersey Breastfeeding since winter 2019.  We realized right away that she was a perfect fit- she is smart, compassionate and kind! Angelina will be sitting for her boards in October 2019. 

In 2014 Angelina had her first child and very quickly realized how demanding and isolating motherhood can be without the right support. When she finally found South Jersey Breastfeeding and had a consult it sparked something in her, and she began Drexel’s program almost immediately. Passion drove Angelina through the next 5 years. During that time she worked as a night nurse for parents of multiples. She supported and assisted mothers with feedings and other duties throughout the night so parents could get rest. 

 

In 2017, Angelina had her second baby and went right back to school to finish her clinical portion. Throughout Drexel’s program and volunteer hours, Angelina has had extensive experience in her community, hospital settings, and private practice lactation. Completing 300 clinical hours in Atlantic City WIC, Drexel’s 11th street clinic, Jefferson Hospital, and SJ Breastfeeding, she has gained valuable knowledge and confidence practicing in all settings. Angelina has a strong need to empower women to confidently feed their babies however they choose and to support them through the trials and tribulations of motherhood. She looks forward to providing lactation support and education at South Jersey Breastfeeding at the Village.

Joined South Jersey Breastfeeding in 2019

Angelina Itri, Board Eligible Intern

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Laura Marozzi is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, joining South Jersey Breastfeeding in 2019. 

 

Laura received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Drexel University in 2009. While she worked in collegiate undergraduate admissions and marketing, she earned a Masters in Communication in 2012, also from Drexel. 

 

In 2015, Laura gave birth to her first son and was faced with many breastfeeding challenges. As a new mother, she quickly discovered the need for compassionate lactation support, care, and education during the postpartum transition to parenthood. Through her experience, she discovered her own unrelenting passion for giving new parents the support that they want and confidence they need to feed their babies how they choose.  

 

Laura began her pursuit of clinical lactation education and gave birth to another son in 2016 and a daughter in 2018. She completed her supervised practice hours at Hahnemann Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, multiple Philadelphia WIC offices, and St Chris’ Center for the Urban Child, an outpatient pediatric clinic. 

 

In 2017 Laura left her job in marketing and started a job at Pennsylvania Hospital supporting breastfeeding families. She completed a certificate in Human Lactation and passed the IBLCE board examination in 2018. She’s humbled to continue helping families define and plan to meet their breastfeeding goals at The Village, as an IBCLC. 

Joined South Jersey Breastfeeding in 2019

Laura Marozzi, IBCLC

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