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. 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. While in Hungary, I married Jerry, my bee-keeping, orchid-growing, sourdough-baking, kombucha-brewing homesteader of a husband. 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 childbirth educator. 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 and chestfeeding journeys.

I have led hundreds of La Leche League meetings and visited thousands of families in their homes.  I am also an ardent community activist focusing on gun violence, equity, diversity, and social justice. I am committed to helping improve birth and breastfeeding outcomes for BIPOC in Seattle. In my spare time, I love to garden, and knit. I’m finally finishing up the hand-sewn quilt I’m making from the hundreds (thousands?) of masks I made to donate to inmates, homeless shelters, clinics and other folks who couldn’t afford masks, through Crafters Against COVID19 Seattle.


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