Pediatric Speech Pathologist & Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Jill Rabin is a pediatric speech pathologist and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been working primarily with the 0-3 population for 29 years. She was hospital based for 14 years, where she worked in two Chicago hospitals as both a speech pathologist and lactation consultant. At Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital in Chicago, she developed a feeding program to facilitate smooth transition to oral feedings for all babies in the special care nursery and participated as part of a weekly diagnostic team that provided developmental follow-up to premature babies. Currently, she has a private practice in the Chicagoland area where she primarily sees at-risk and special needs breastfeeding patients, children with Down syndrome and children with feeding aversion through the early intervention system. She often follows her Down syndrome patients as breastfeeding newborns until they age out of the early intervention system and often uses the baby-led weaning approach to transition them to solid foods. She also works at the New Mother New Baby lactation center in Northbrook, where she teaches classes on transitioning babies to solid foods, and previously held an educational group called the North Shore Down Syndrome Awareness group where families and their children meet for social and educational purposes. It is her hope to build a collaborative relationship between speech pathologists and lactation consultants in hopes of increasing the possibility of successful breastfeeding, especially with at risk infants.