Rebecca Ruhlen is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) as well as a sociocultural anthropologist with specialties in East Asia, social movements, gender, motherhood, and breastfeeding. She teaches at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
Rebecca has done volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and advocacy since 2006 and earned the IBCLC credential in 2010. (You can check that her certification is current by searching the IBLCE registry.) She opened Bright Star Lactation, a private practice focused on home visits, to make skilled and compassionate lactation help more readily available to the families in her area.
In all of her work, Rebecca is committed to improving breastfeeding advocacy and creating cultures of truly effective support for all families. She believes that parents don’t need to be urged to breastfeed; rather, they need reliable information, hands-on assistance, and emotional and practical support to reach their own breastfeeding goals. As a lactation consultant, she seeks to empower parents to believe in their own abilities and agency and to view her as a resource and guide, never as a guru or authority figure.
Rebecca has been married since 1995 and has a grown stepson, a soccer/piano-playing teenage son, and a former Shanghai alley cat named Calvin. When her hands aren’t busy with all the above, she knits.