Stephanie Hutchinson is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who lives in southeastern Ohio - specifically Gallipolis, Ohio. She began her journey into the lactation field in 2007, after the birth of her first daughter. Stephanie holds three degrees: AA in Communications, BS in Leadership with a Concentration in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting, and MBA in Entrepreneurship with a Concentration on Non-Profit Leadership.
Stephanie earned her CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist) in 2012 and her CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) in 2013. She sat for the IBLCE in July 2015, to find out she passed and earned the credential of IBCLC in October 2015. Stephanie now works as the Owner and IBCLC at her own private practice in lactation consulting, Rainbow Mountain Lactation. She also works for Lactation Education Consultants as an instructor, administrative assistant, and media manager. Stephanie is also available to present on various Appalachian-centered and LGBTQIA2S+ lactation topics at conferences, meetings, or educational sessions. For more information click here.
In May of 2016, Stephanie founded Appalachian Breastfeeding Network, dreaming that one day our parents would have the access to lactation care that they deserve. Basing ABN upon Ohio research in 2011 and 2016, a fire began to grow and initiatives began to piece together. In just one year, the network grew to 11 states and 250 members, one that continues to grow to this day. Stephanie received an award in March 2017 at Ohio Lactation Consultant Association's Annual "Breastfest" Conference as an "Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent" and at this conference ABN received a $1,000 grant to help fund the 1st Annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Conference in October of 2017. ABN has been featured as USBC's June Coalition Spotlight in June 2017 and achieved 501(c)3 status in June 2017 as well. She received the "Emerging Leader Award" from USBC in August 2018. The first listed cultural coalition under USBC continues to grow as Stephanie, along with the rest of the board, works diligently to increase access to care. Stephanie was awarded the 2019 Terry Jo Curtis Award from the United States Lactation Consultant Association for her work with equity and increasing access to care in Appalachia. Stephanie is also OutCare Certified.
Stephanie is also the ABN Member-At-Large to Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and Ohio Lactation Consultant Association. Stephanie previously served as an Elected Board Director for the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
When not busy with the above, Stephanie enjoys being a wife and mother, traveling (especially to Disney World!), and jigsaw puzzles.