About Us

Our Mission

To foster breastfeeding as a normal start to optimal infant nutrition and development, and to promote the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers as well as infants, through in-home support and education.

Our Vision

The Mother’s Milk Companysm will advance the health and well being of the global community by providing the highest quality breastfeeding support to mothers and infants.

Our Core Values

  • N-Nurturing Families
  • A-Awareness of the Global Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • T-Trust in nature’s design
  • U-Up to date professional practice
  • R-Respect for the unique needs of mothers and babies we serve
  • E-Empowerment through Education and Support

Our Staff

Barbara Hardin RN IBCLC

Barbara is the founder of the Mother’s Milk Companysm. A Registered Nurse since 1979, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1988, Barbara has been assisting breastfeeding mothers and babies for over 30 years. She began her private lactation consulting practice to provide in-home care to new mothers and babies. Her extensive experience, coupled with her supportive listening style, has helped thousands of mothers have a positive and rewarding breastfeeding experience. She believes that expert, hands-on lactation support in the home allows for the highest level of individualized care and promotes the continuation of breastfeeding.

Barbara is a graduate of Rush University and a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, Northern Illinois Lactation Consultant Association, Breastfeeding USA and the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition. She shares her expertise by providing learning opportunities to new lactation consultants, physicians, medical students and expectant parents. She has been an Officer of the Metropolitan Illinois Lactation Consultants, an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Human Lactation, has taught breastfeeding classes in the community, supervised breastfeeding peer counselors and spearheaded community breastfeeding promotion projects.

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Jean H. Vondriska MEd IBCLC

Jean’s breastfeeding experience includes breastfeeding her two children, serving as a La Leche League Leader for the past 17 years, and practicing as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2007.

Her interests in the area of breastfeeding include Suzanne Colson’s research on “biological nurturing” and the use of herbs to support the nursing mom and baby.

Jean is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, and the current Secretary of the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Taskforce. She received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Juli Billings Walter IBCLC

Juli has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2007. She is also a mother of five, childbirth educator, Le Leche League Leader and Doula.  She is  a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

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Gwenan Wilbur RN IBCLC

Gwenan has worked with mothers and babies for 15 years, first as a labor and postpartum doula through Chicago Women’s Health Center, then as a nurse in labor and delivery, in community health on Chicago’s West Side, and most recently as a hospital lactation consultant. Gwenan has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011, and belongs to the International Lactation Consultant Association and the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition. Gwenan has three daughters, holds a degree in Russian language and literature from Northwestern University, and a nursing degree from Truman College.