HISTORY & MISSION
Montika serves as an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), a holistic integrative nurse, a health and wellness coach, a bodyworker, a medical herbalist, an activist, COBA (Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates) board member and an avid supporter of everything breastfeeding. She has worked with both premature and full-term newborn mother/baby dyads to help them successfully breastfeed. Montika is passionate about expanding and improving breastfeeding support in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and statewide. She is the wife of her amazingly supportive husband Paul and the mother of their three “superhero” children, ages 5, 6, and 13, who were all extended breastfeeders.
Her research interests and experience include holistic breastfeeding, health & wellness coaching, gut health, bodywork, herbs, ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), socioeconomic disparities in birth outcomes, development of healthcare models to improve breastfeeding outcomes in African American women, development of healthcare models to lower African American women's pregnancy mortality rates and African American infant mortality rates.
Montika holds a Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching with a concentration in Medical Herbalism and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Northeastern State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Montika has over 300 hours in continuing education courses specific to the care of the mother/baby dyad.
In addition to COBA, Montika is president of Sigma Theta Tau International -Mu Iota chapter, Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), La Leche League International (LLLI), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
In 2011/2012 Montika was honored to receive the Everyday Hero award from the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) and the Save a Life Hero award from The Red Cross for saving the life of a four-year-old boy. She was recently instrumental in the rescue of her own son from a severe choking incident -- another great testimony to her courage and readiness in caring for children!
Montika lives in Broken Arrow, OK and offers lactation support for women who live in the surrounding areas.
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