South Jersey Breastfeeding Center was founded by Jen & Avery in 2013 in a small office in Haddon Township. ......
Avery Giordano, IBCLC
Co-Founder of South Jersey Breastfeeding & The Village
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 received 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 opportunity 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 opened South Jersey Breastfeeding Center in Haddon Township and two years later expanded services with the opening of The Village in Haddonfield.
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.
Jennifer Duckles,RN, IBCLC
Co-Founder of South Jersey Breastfeeding & The Village
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 began the pursuit of 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 opened South Jersey Breastfeeding Center in Haddon Township and two years later they expanded services with the opening of The Village in Haddonfield. In 2017 Jennifer was lucky enough to add her third baby to her family and once again experience the joys and challenges of new motherhood. She feels honored to work with families during this life-changing time and is grateful everyday to have the opportunity to make a difference.
Elizabeth Schweizer, IBCLC
Joined South Jersey Breastfeeding in 2018
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 in 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 Breastfeeding 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 in Philadelphia.
Elizabeth is continually humbled and honored by the families who allow her to walk 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.