Irene joined Medela in 1999 as a clinician for the Breastfeeding Division. She currently serves as a Clinical Education Specialist focusing on Advocacy Outreach. In this role, she acts as a vital resource for groups assisting breastfeeding mothers and infants. She has been frequently interviewed on radio and online regarding breastfeeding issues for mothers and clinicians.
Irene spent many years caring for new families in antenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum and NICU settings and was involved in direct patient care and family-based education. Irene has extensive experience teaching in a variety of nursing education programs where she consistently received the Outstanding Lecturer title awarded by her students. She produced a video presentation on nursing students’ involvement in Community Health Nursing for the National League for Nursing.
Irene, an IBCLC since 2000 and former 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, has authored numerous continuing educational programs for health professionals on topics ranging from breastfeeding support to evidence-based practices on the use of human milk. She has been instrumental in developing hands-on education for clinical staff regarding breastpump technology. Irene graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in Parent Child Health Nursing and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.