Amy Hammant / Owner
Amy Hammant / OwnerBS, RLC, IBCLC, CST, CFT Certified 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, Pediatric Holistic Sleep Therapy, and CST-CFT trained. 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.

IBCLC Master Class Attendee
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.

Gabrielle Bodroghy
Gabrielle BodroghyRLC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

I am a mother of four children who were all breastfed to some degree; ranging from just 6 weeks, to 4 whole years! I had a very traumatic breastfeeding experience with my first baby, and after my second I was taught that my negative experience was not normal. My lactation consultant helped open my eyes to the complex world of mother/infant dyads and nursing. It was then after finding out how ill prepared people sometimes are for this journey that I became passionate about breastfeeding and eventually sought a career in it. I was lucky enough to find the Tampa Breastfeeding Center, and did my internship/clinical hours work through our wonderful owner, Amy Hammant! You could say I am home grown! I learned so much through the wonderful women at TBC and have truly found my passion through this work. I love helping our families actually enjoy their infant feeding relationships and experiences rather than struggle and feel alone! This is such a precious and important time in their lives, and I’m here to make it as smooth and as easy as possible.

In our spare time, my family and I enjoy being outside and exploring as much as possible here in sunny Florida!

I look forward to working with you and making sure you feel 100% supported in all of your lactation and infant feeding needs!

Dena Sacco
Dena SaccoBSN, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego in 2000. I began my Nursing career in Mother/ Baby at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. I grew so much in my knowledge and skill in caring for the whole family unit. Babies have always been my passion! It is a joy to be alongside parents as they begin to learn how to care for their new baby. I love being a part of the new found confidence parents gain in their new roles. I have cared for mothers with high risk pregnancies and eventful postpartum periods. I am well versed in caring for Mothers who have dealt with Preeclampsia, Diabetes, Postpartum depression, as well as other complications along their pregnancy and postpartum journey. I have also supported mothers when their delivery and feeding plans have not gone as they hoped or envisioned they would. It is a privilege to come alongside as a support to new parents and to help encourage them in this new season of life. In 2012 I became an IBCLC, Lactation Consultant. I was able to grow in my knowledge of lactation and the challenges many women face regarding breastfeeding. I have experience in feeding preterm and term infants as well as those with congenital anomalies. Although I have assisted mothers in breastfeeding their newborns since 2000 I officially began working as a Lactation Consultant in 2015 at University of California San Diego (UCSD). This is where I began to help more mothers feed their high risk infants in the NICU. I have experience with creating feeding plans that are easy for parents to follow while providing the best nutrition for their newborn. In 2021 I moved to Oklahoma City and have been working as a Lactation Consultant at Mercy Hospital OKC. I have seen patients in the hospital and as outpatients and have helped parents problem solve how to best feed and nourish their baby. I am excited to have joined the Tampa Breastfeeding team! I look forward to working with the families in Tampa. I hope to bring some insight and encouragement to all the families I see!

Chelsea Morgan
Chelsea MorganRDMS, Clinical Coordinator
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

My name is Chelsea Morgan. I am the clinical coordinator at The Breastfeeding Center. I am passionate about helping moms and babies and empowering women in their own healthcare journey. My degreed background is in imaging diagnostics, specializing in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine. I have been working in women’s health for eight years and in the medical field for 10. I strive to connect women to the needed resources that are available for them to make their breastfeeding journey as smooth and easy as possible. I breastfed both of my two babies and worked alongside my IBCLC throughout the ups and downs of my journey. Without her I don’t know what I would have done. That is why it makes me so happy to help moms utilize our feeding specialists to achieve their feeding goals.

Monica Shaver
Monica ShaverRN (IBCLC Intern)
Serving Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas Counties

My name is Monica Shaver. I am a mother of three children and have been a Registered Nurse since 2013. I was born and raised in Florida. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and raising farm animals. My passion for helping mothers and babies breastfeed started with my own personal struggles feeding my children. I quickly found out that every baby is different and can present with different feeding challenges. I am honored to be in a position to help mothers reach their feeding goals.

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.