Michele Thacker is a CLS and a CLC for the West Virginia WIC Program. Her passion for breastfeeding began many years ago after the struggle to breastfeed her first daughter. She was a stay at home mom for 7 years when she had her 2nd daughter two months prematurely and she spent the first two months of her life in the NICU. It was then that she realized how important human milk is and the support she received from the staff led to her love of breastfeeding. Michele became a breastfeeding peer counselor for the WV WIC program in 2012 and then went on to become a Certified Lactation Counselor in June of 2013 and most recently a Certified Lactation Specialist in July of this year.
In April of this past year, in collaboration with HAPI (Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants), Michele helped to organize a breastfeeding support group. Mountain Milk Mommas meets twice a month in a fun and laid-back atmosphere and also maintains a Facebook page for online support.
Her newest project is to set up a Lactation Room at the local high school where young mothers can have a private and comfortable place to express milk during the school day.
Michele currently live in Buckhannon, West Virginia with her 3 daughters, Audra 14, Alexanna 7 and Maci 2.
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.