Meet Katie Madden.

Hey mama. I’m glad you found me.

Katie Madden RN, BSN, IBCLC

  • Registered Nurse (RN) since 2004 with extensive experience in Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, and Pediatric care. Professional experience in Hospital, Birth Center, and Home settings
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2009.
  • Founder and Owner of Balanced Breastfeeding. was founded in 2013. The Balanced Breastfeeding Clubhouse opened in 2019.

The women I work with understand that there is no one right way to breastfeed, nor does it need to be done perfectly.

We know there are many tools and methods to achieve personal breastfeeding goals.We know that breastfeeding takes hard work.

The women I work with are deeply committed to their goals, flexible enough to understand that there are many unpredictable paths to reach those goals, and brave enough to dig in and work hard to achieve results.

I call myself a Balanced Breastfeeding expert for a reason. Yes, I have 12+ years in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Yes, I have experience in many fields, such as the hospital, birth center, home, and community settings. Yes, I have helped thousands of women achieve breastfeeding success, but I am not your typical Lactation Consultant.

Why? Because I know that breastfeeding is about a whole lot more than breastmilk.

I approach breastfeeding with the humor, tough love, and compassion that you would get from a close friend (you know, the one who calls you out when you aren’t being your best self). I have over a decade of experience and tools under my belt to achieve any breastfeeding goal, but I have the finesse to only use them when it is appropriate and in a mother’s and baby’s best interest.

I am not afraid to use formula, pacifiers, or bottles to achieve these goals, which is sometimes an unpopular method in the breastfeeding world.

I am also intensely protective of maternal mental health. I am a founding board member of the Delaware chapter of Postpartum Support International and I have completed the “PMADS: Components of Care” certificate from Postpartum Support International. Maternal mental health and well being is a cornerstone of my practice as a Lactation Consultant.

Most importantly, to me, each of my clients is not just a set of boobs or a milk-making machine. She is a woman who is learning how to be a mother. Her baby is a person, with unique personality traits and temperament. Together, they are a breastfeeding pair that exists within a family. It is a multi-leveled, dynamic, and ever-changing relationship that deserves unwavering love, time, and energy.

So, back to me latching babies:

After my personal and professional experiences, I couldn’t just latch babies anymore. I had to give other women the opportunity to experience breastfeeding and the power it has to change them. I had to give the power to them instead of doing it for them.

I have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to empowering women to breastfeed through my workshops, consulting, classes, and online learning community.

I created the Balanced Breastfeeding Method™ as a technique that starts during pregnancy and ends in weaning because every single stage of breastfeeding is as powerful as the first. I know that you will find the education, solutions, and support you need to grow through breastfeeding into motherhood.

I’m glad you’re here.

The Balanced Breastfeeding Team

I most certainly do not do this alone! Justine Deputy is the Practice Manager at Balanced Breastfeeding. Justine is a breastfeeding mama who has dedicated her time and talents to helping other mamas find balance in their own breastfeeding relationships. Both of us are only able to do the work we do thanks to the patience and flexibility of our babies: Lucy (Katie’s daughter) and Warren and Mabel (Justine’s children).

Justine RN, MSN

Practice Manager

Hi! I am Justine Deputy and am the Practice Manager at Balanced Breastfeeding. I am a Registered Nurse and I have my Master's degree in Health Services Administration. I am a Balanced Breastfeeding employee and also a Balanced Breastfeeding Mama with two kids. I manage a variety of behind the scenes tasks at Balanced Breastfeeding and help with patient communication. I have experience working directly with new mamas and babies as a registered nurse. For me, breastfeeding has allowed me to learn and grow as a mother. I love being able to support mamas as they navigate new motherhood and their breastfeeding journeys.