As long as I can remember, I have always had an amazing passion for childbirth and all that it entails. I can honestly say that the two things I wanted most in this world was to be a mom and to work with mommas and babies. It wasn’t until the birth of my first child in 1992 at the age of 21 that I would discover just how passionate I would become about childbirth and breastfeeding. As I moved through the early years of my career in the maternal child health field I became increasingly fascinated with childbirth education, lactation, and nutrition, as I saw a great need for this in our community. It was then that I decided to pursue my degree in health Psychology with concentration in maternal –child health and nutrition education. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Psychology I moved forward with my certification as Doula and Childbirth Educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor.
In 1999 I gave birth to my second son after 7 years of unexplained infertility. It was during this time that I found that childbirth and breastfeeding did not always come so easy, in fact, it was the exact opposite. Even though I had the education and the skills to help myself, it just wasn’t enough. The one thing that I was missing was outside support and resources. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a part of something bigger to help moms and babies have access to the support they need.
In 2001 I had a unique opportunity to leave my hometown of Snellville, Ga and become part of a grant funded maternal-child health project in Tampa, Florida. It is there that I spent the next 14 years working with a group of the most amazing people helping to better the infant mortality rate through Doula supported births, Childbirth education, and clinical lactation. During this time, I had the opportunity to work in several leadership roles, partner with many programs working with diverse populations, and attend midwifery school. In 2007 I gave birth to my daughter, which proved to be by far the most difficult breastfeeding experience for me. After several years of clinical lactation experience in and out of the hospital setting, it was then in 2009 I was able to sit for the International Board Of Lactation Examiners, thereby earning the credential as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). As my passion for lactation grew stronger, I knew that I wanted to provide access to non-judgmental, evidenced based clinical lactation care. Since that time, I have started a private practice and worked with many grant funded programs, such as Champions For Children, ABC Program, Baby Café USA, Healthy Start, Reach UP and many local pediatricians and dentists.
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.