Amy Hammant
Amy HammantRLC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

My name is Amy Hammant, I am a licensed Internationally Board Certified Lactation Specialist, certified in Oral Habilitation, Cranial Nerve Dysfunction, Pediatric Feeding and Oral Motor Assessment, and Pediatric Holistic Sleep Therapy. My Degree background is in Midwifery, and Health Psychology with a concentration in Maternal Child Health. I have served thousands of families of diverse populations over the years- working in and out of a hospital setting here in Tampa Bay, and also working in the community as the lead clinical lactation specialist at Champions for Children’s (Baby Cafe) program of Hillsborough County, before opening Tampa Breastfeeding Center. My journey started many years ago with my own three children struggling with feeding, and in particular, my daughter who was tongue tied. Our journey taught me so much, and gave me the passion and desire to give all families access to non-judgmental, evidenced based clinical lactation care.

When I’m not helping mamas and babies, I spend my time with my family traveling in our RV making memories!

Meet Our Team

Trish Hanning
Trish HanningRLC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

My name is Trish Hanning, and my passion is meeting the breastfeeding goals of moms and their babies. My lactation journey began some 15 years ago working as an RN in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. There was such a need for helping new moms maintain and deliver an ample milk supply for their sick babies, that we started a program that would lead me on this amazing journey. After my own personal experiences of breastfeeding my two babies, now 13 and 10 years old, and the lack of support I received, I felt compelled to help educate and support other moms to meet their breastfeeding goals. After many years of clinical experience and working directly with breastfeeding moms, it was then I decided to sit for my International Boards of Lactation Examiners in 2008.

In 2010 I took a new position in Tampa, Florida to gain additional experience teaching and helping moms with the natural process of feeding their babies. Since that time I have worked in many rolls and partnered with several lactation programs, which brings me where I am today. It has been a long time goal of mine to establish a breastfeeding clinic where families can receive the support they deserve.

It is a great honor to be part of a place where families can come and receive support to achieve their goals to nourish their little ones.

Mary Unangst
Mary UnangstBS, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

Secretary Tampa Bay Breastfeeding Task Force
Member of the International Lactation Consultant Association
Member of the United States Lactation Consultant Association; Professional Development committee member and webinar presenter

I am a mother of two and a proud U.S. Air Force veteran and military spouse. My breastfeeding background begins with the birth and breastfeeding of my children after which I began to get professionally involved in the lactation field. I have been a peer mentor both in my immediate community and as a WIC peer counselor. I’ve completed the CLC and ALC training through the Healthy Children Program and then eventually went on to become a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). My degree is in Maternal and Child Health with a focus in lactation. I believe in providing research-based and compassionate care to the families in our community and I’m thoroughly dedicated to promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family either swimming in the pool or cooking up French inspired cuisine.

Jennifer Chivas
Jennifer Chivas RLC, IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Serving Bradenton and Sarasota

I come to the communities of Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, Bradenton, Myakka and Sarasota with loving arms using evidenced based care to help breastfeeding families achieve their goals. I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan where I earned my Bachelors in Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy. I spent the first 18 years of my career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse where I was able to grow in my ability to serve new families. I have birthed three beautiful children, two are now in college and my son remains in primary school. When they were babies, nursing them was a challenge which likely peaked my interest in breastfeeding medicine. As I grew in my career, opportunities to expand my expertise in breastfeeding medicine became available. With the support and encouragement of my peers and Ascension Health I became an IBCLC. Once certified, I became the lead in Providence Parks’ journey to becoming a Baby Friendly facility. We offered an outpatient breastfeeding clinic where I practiced with two IBCLC physicians, serving over 5,000 breastfeeding families in seven years. I organized and supported my hospitals breastfeeding support group, ‘The Lactation Station’ and continued my work as an acute care RN, lactation consultant working with moms and their newborns. During my seven years in Michigan as an IBCLC I helped three nurses achieve their certification and trained our labor and delivery unit, nurses and physicians on supporting the breastfeeding dyad. My family recently relocated to Lakewood Ranch, Florida, to support my husbands’ business expansion. Once settled, I began my new journey discovering the breastfeeding needs in the area. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital offered me an opportunity to consult their acute and chronic patients on a per diem schedule allowing me to develop my own consulting business. After networking professional relationships I was fortunate to find Tampa Breastfeeding Center, a modeled clinic that reminded me of home. I am grateful to be here serving my community with their breastfeeding needs.

Brenda Knighton
Brenda KnightonRLC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

While I am fairly new to the Lutz, Florida area, I am not new to helping mothers and babies achieve their breastfeeding goals. After a big career change to become a Registered Nurse in 2013, I began working as an in-home night nurse for newborns, followed by a nursing position in a pediatric office. Between these two experiences and my own attempt to nurse my baby many years ago, I quickly realized that many of the newborns and their mothers were having some form of difficulty establishing or sustaining their breastfeeding relationship. I immediately started looking for ways to help. After completing my first lactation course and becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), I knew I had found my passion. While continuing to work as the Nursing Manager and Lactation Consultant in the pediatric office, I attained an Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC) certificate, and ultimately became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC) in 2019. As an IBCLC, I began working for an in-home private lactation company in my community in Northern Virginia. I am excited to bring my experience to families in the Tampa area through the Tampa Breastfeeding Center.