Valerie Homanics is a part-time lactation consultant for the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. She also teaches prenatal childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby care education classes for Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Val started her obstetrical career as an RN at Magee Womens hospital from 1983-1987. She has experience in the labor, delivery, post-partum, and newborn nursery departments.
After marrying her high school sweetheart, they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, so her husband could work on his degree at NC State. Valerie continued to work full time as an obstetrical nurse at the Rex Hospital Birthing Center, where they had their first child. When Valerie was pregnant with her second child in 1993, her husband accepted a position at the University of Pittsburgh, and they moved back to where they were raised.
Val decided to work closer to home, and began working in Monongahela Valley Hospital’s obstetrical unit until 2007 when the obstetrical unit closed. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.
Val works hard to promote, educate, and support breastfeeding moms. Her desire to become an IBCLC grew after working with breastfeeding moms over 26 years in a hospital setting and realizing the need to help breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after having their babies.
Val is married and a mother of three children. She has a golden retriever, 2 cats, 4 cows, 3 sheep, 8 chickens, and a goat. She loves antiques, gardening, farming and living in the country.
You can view all of Val’s Favorite Breastfeeding Resources on Pinterest.
To learn more about Val, check out her episode of Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh Q&A: