Health equals happiness at Niles infant clinic
Lisy Peters, right, a board certified lactation consultant, meets with Leah Mooney of Chicago and her son, Billy, at Peters' Healthy Babies Happy Families Breastfeeding Clinic and Boutique in Niles. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
NAME: Healthy Babies Happy Families
ADDRESS: 8267 W. Golf Road, Niles
SPECIALTY: Breast-feeding consultation
Updated: December 24, 2012 1:16AM
NILES — After working for more than 25 years in hospitals, Lisy Peters decided it was time to pursue a new career she truly loved.
Five years ago Peters, a registered nurse since 1983, opened Healthy Babies Happy Families Breast-feeding Clinic at 8267 W. Golf Rd. in Niles.
“This is my passion,” said Peters about helping mothers successfully breast-feed their infants.
Peters spent the majority of her career in hospitals taking care of premature and special-needs infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. In this position Peters said she was able to get a first-hand look at all the positive benefits of breast milk.
A breast-feeding consultation at Healthy Babies Happy Families involves an assessment of the moms and infants, a detailed health and feeding history, weighing the infant after a feeding to assess weight gain/loss, observing a full feeding and hands- on assistance to make sure the mother and baby are comfortable during a feeding.
“One time is not enough for most mothers,” said Peters. “Breast-feeding really takes time.”
Some common breast-feeding issues include problems with latching on and babies not gaining weight.
“You have to get the right help at the right time,” noted Peters.
Peters said her clinic can provide at home consultations or as well. The initial consultation lasts between 60 to 90 minutes.
In addition to the clinic, Healthy Babies Happy Families features a boutique that offers breast-feeding items like breast pumps, breast-pump accessories, nursing pads, nursing bras and more.
The store also offers baby-care products such as cloth diapers, pacifiers, diaper-rash cream and baby food, and offers infant CPR training courses.
Peters has a masters degree in maternal/child nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a post-masters certificate as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Rush University in Chicago.
In 2000 Peters obtained her certification as an international board certified lactation specialist. She previously worked at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and Resurrection Health System and taught at Harper College in Palatine as part of the adjunct faculty.
Peters, a resident of Des Plaines for 26 years, has been married to her husband, Joy, since 1986 and has two daughters.
Peters said local pediatric and obstetrician offices refer their patients to her and she is happy to provide attention and time to nursing mothers.