About Kristen L. Sorondo
My name is Kristen L. Sorondo and I am the founder of Orlando Lactation. I’m a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
I am the proud momma of 4 beautiful girls. I have been a nurse for 16 years and an LC for 11 years. I started my love for women’s services when I was a senior in high school and had the wonderful experience of being with my sister when she delivered her first baby. That’s the day I knew I wanted to work in women’s services, work with moms and babies.
It took me a long time to reach my goal and was finally successful in 2005. While in nursing school in NC, I worked at a small community hospital in their women’s unit. I became a doula with Doulas of North America (DONA) to help support mommas in need.
Upon graduating, I had the wonderful opportunity of being part of the opening team for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, which is one of the largest hospitals for women and babies in the US. I worked there for 13 years and then headed back to a community hospital. My passion has always been women’s health and providing the love and support a woman needs during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum.
I decided to become a lactation consultant after struggling to breastfeed my first three children. My oldest two were born during a time that there weren’t lactation consultants in the hospital. They were hard to find to receive the help you needed. I had no one to turn to for advice, as no one close to me had breastfed.
I just did what I thought was right and what I’d seen others do. My first baby breastfed for 3 months before I found out I was pregnant with number two and, unfortunately, my milk dried up. Number two was my child who would not latch and she was my pumper and bottle feeder. When child number three arrived, my husband lost his job the day we brought her home from the hospital and all the stress decreased my supply and, of course, she was the child who would not take a bottle. At this point I was very frustrated and figured “this has to be so much easier than we are making it”.
I became a Certified Lactation Counselor and had a great mentor with whom I worked for a few years and taught me so much!! I then sat for my IBCLC exam and worked as an inpatient lactation consultant and soon started my own outpatient practice.
I have continued to work as a Mother/Baby nurse, as a lactation consultant, and have added night nursing to my list of jobs. At first, night nursing was just helping out a friend in need and then, the more people talked, I realized this was something moms really needed. I have had the pleasure of working long term assignments and tagging along on vacations. As moms, we constantly need support, reassurance and someone we can talk to that won’t judge us or our struggles. I pride myself in knowing I always support my mommas. I am not here to judge you but to help support you and what works well for you and your family!
Over the last two years I’ve been able to aggressively pursue educational opportunities and considerably expand my knowledge of tethered oral tissue. From Allison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST-T, RCST, PPNE, I learned how to properly conduct an oral assessment using the ATLFF assessment tool. Autumn Read Henning MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC, IAOM, taught me about the orofacial function by using their E3 model. Becoming TOTS trained enables me to effectively assess possible tethered tissue issues and provide appropriate support.
In 2020, I partnered with Mommy Knows Best for a few live video podcasts and was part of their annual summit. I still remain involved with them as a breastfeeding resource.
Breastfeeding is all about you, your goals, and what works well for you and your family. My job is helping you achieve that!
My IBCLC: L-27826
License: RN 9243382