About Betsy

Headshot of Betsy Hoffmeister, Seattle Lactation ConsultantI have a background in environmental studies. For the first part of my career, all I wanted to do was work on global climate change. Believe me, if folks had listened to me back in 1998, we wouldn’t be in this pickle now! After a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University and an MPA from UW in Environmental Management, I moved to Budapest, Hungary, to work for a large international environmental organization there. While in Hungary, I married Jerry, my orchid-growing, chocolate-making husband since 1998. We moved back to the states in late 1999 to start a family. We took a Bradley® class while pregnant and Isaac was born at the Community Birth and Family Center in Montlake, Seattle, in 2000. His birth changed my priorities in life. During his first two years, I became a La Leche League Leader, and then certified as a teacher of The Bradley Method®.  Rebecca came along in 2005, born in a tub in our living room as the dawn broke over Seattle.

In October, 2009, I passed the exam and became a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and have since focused my energy and passion on helping families on their breastfeeding or chestfeeding journey.

I have led hundreds of La Leche League meetings, visited almost a thousand families in their homes, and helped thousands of parents and babies learn to breastfeed comfortably.  I am also an ardent community activist focusing on equity, diversity, and social justice. In my spare time, I love to garden, and I am an ardent resistance knitter.


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