Photo credited by Jamie Smith Photography

Lactation Consultant:


Arlanda Dahnert RNC-LRN, IBCLC


Arlanda Dahnert is the founder of

SW Metro Lactation Specialists.  

She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2014.  She is also certified as a Low Risk Neonatal Nurse and has been a Registered Nurse for over 13 years.  Arlanda has experience caring for newborns in a special care nursery, helping mothers with breastfeeding early after birth, and providing postpartum care to mothers and babies in a hospital setting.  She is passionate about breastfeeding and loves helping and working with mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.    


"I am a mother to three wonderful children.  Matthew is 12, Owen is 11 and Emily is 5.  My breastfeeding experience was different with all of my children.  Matthew was born at 32 weeks and after a struggle with breastfeeding I exclusively pumped for him.  Owen was also a preemie at 34 weeks.  I always laugh at the idea of him being a preemie because at 34 weeks he weighed 6 lbs 9 oz.  He was my amazing nurser.  After a couple months of nursing I had an abundant milk supply and developed plugged ducts which led to more complications that forced me to stop nursing.  This was truly devastating for me!  Emily was born 5 1/2 years later and was also a preemie born at 35 weeks.  Lets just say my body does not do well with pregnancies!  I exclusively pumped for her due to maternal post-partum complications.  Breastfeeding my children was such a wonderful experience, whether it was breastfeeding or exclusively pumping.  I developed a passion for breastfeeding; in my career and my personal life.  I wanted other mothers who struggle with breastfeeding to know there is help out there.  Yes, sometimes breastfeeding may not work out, but at least you know you tried everything you could before quitting.  I started this service for mothers to be able to reach out to someone who has experienced breastfeeding challenges and has the knowledge to help breastfeeding be successful.  I want to make the most out of their breastfeeding experiences.  -Arlanda Dahnert, RNC-LRN, IBCLC