YON 2020 Day 187: Lisa Fiorilli, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Her work on the Maternity Unit at Southwest General Health Center brings Lisa Fiorilli, RN, BSN, IBCLC, great joy and satisfaction. She shares an experience in which she was able to make a tremendous difference for a patient that also illustrates the special nature of her role.

I have had the honor of being a Registered Nurse for nearly twenty years, practicing in many different areas. My passion has always been Women’s Health. Over the last twelve years, I have had the privilege of being a part of countless breastfeeding journeys. Working in the lactation field is definitely at the heart of who I am as a nurse. In 2006, I began my lactation career path here at Southwest Hospital. I worked for several years as a Certified Lactation Counselor offering mothers support while preparing to take my International Board Certification exam in 2008. I never imagined the joy and opportunities this career path would bring me.

An influential patient on my career was a mother with whom I had numerous contacts/consultations over the first six months of her daughter’s life. She needed extensive lactation assistance and support after delivery. It took a lot of encouragement, breast pumping, and perseverance that eventually resulted in her baby latching and successfully nursing. Around six months I received a call from this mother to update me on some of the health issues she was having. She had received the news that she would need to go through radioactive treatments and thus would have to wean her daughter from the breast. She was devastated. The support I was able to provide to her at that time is something I will never forget. I helped her wean from breastfeeding before she received treatment and then continued to correspond with her through the successful treatments. I was grateful to be there for this mother during this challenging time in her life. To be a part of this very intimate and sometimes challenging time in a mother’s life is truly an honor.

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