Robin Hollen, M.Ed., BS, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
Robin started her professional life as a nurse in the Intensive and Cardiac Care Units of University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1978. After the birth of her first son in 1985, her interest in breastfeeding bloomed. She worked with breastfeeding mothers when she was a certified childbirth educator, and was librarian for her local La Leche League chapter. Her passion for mothers and babies was unleashed through multiple miscarriages, adoption failure and then success, and two more births. Robin has made mothers and babies the focus in her professional life. She sat for certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant while pregnant with her fourth child in 1991, becoming the first person in the State of Nevada to hold this credential.
During her over two decades as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and over 25 years serving breastfeeding families, Robin has opened and staffed the Birthing Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center, arranged key breastfeeding conferences in Reno, participated with Nevada Early Intervention Services on the team of feeding specialists for premature infants and children under age three with medical and physical impairments, provided breastfeeding education and consultations for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Washoe County Health Departments, taught prenatal breastfeeding classes, provided lactation consultations at the Newborn Care Center, and co-founded, directed, provided lactation consultancy and research assistance for a past Lactation Center. She was instrumental in initiating the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition (NNBFC) and supporting grant writing for and implementation of Breastfeeding Awareness projects in the Northern Nevada area. In March, 2012, the International Lactation Consultants Association determined that Robin had met the criteria and earned the Fellow of the International Lactation Consultants Association, FILCA designation. She was applauded for her very important accomplishments for families, mothers, babies, colleagues and aspiring lactation consultants. There are only 35 Fellows of the 26,000 IBCLCs in the world.
To meet the needs of a wider population, Starfish Lactation became the model for The Lactation Connection at Renown where Robin works with a team of Lactation Providers. She also continues her work with WIC mothers. Seeking more autonomy with the mothers she serves she has returned to school to obtain her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Graduation is Spring, 2018.
She volunteers to mentor those passionate about the field of Lactation and provides inestimable volunteer hours each month supporting moms who are breastfeeding. Her love for teaching extends to children where weekly, she volunteers to tutor under-served elementary age students in reading and math.