Elizabeth Montez is a member of the Perinatal and Lactation Support Collaborative team as a Lactation Support Peer Counselor and Supportive Pregnancy Health Educator. Elizabeth is a lactation professional (Lactation Support Peer Counselor, Lactation & Postpartum Educator, IBCLC candidate), a postpartum doula, a perinatal mental health advocate, a retired professional chef and eternal food justice advocate. She’s the mother of two sparkling humans, a member of the urban Native American and Latinx diaspora, a proud descendent of the Anishinaabe people of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. After battling birth trauma, a failure to thrive diagnosis, a hidden tongue tie, barriers to care and postpartum mood disruptions, she realized that birthing people and their families deserve more. Her personal journey includes actively decolonizing her life, and restoring supportive community to families is a key part of that. Every time folks come together in collaboration and support, it creates strong medicine to restore the connection and strength that our families need to thrive; this work weaves us back together, and Elizabeth is honored to be a thread in this beautiful tapestry of humanity.
“Food justice starts at birth, feeding babies can be a revolution.”
– Elizabeth Montez