About Our Team

Alyssa Queen
RN, IBCLC & Owner of Queen Lactation

          Even before I became a Nurse in 2014 and Lactation Consultant in 2017, I knew I was called to support pregnant people, new parents and their children. In fact, I distinctly remember my first introduction to this field after watching A Baby Story on TLC at 8 years old. I was so curious and amazed by the beauty and strength the road through parenthood was. I cried at the beautiful story that unfolded on every episode! I quickly became obsessed with the show and the world of birth and babies. In the years that followed I got to observe it first hand through my siblings being born. I was hooked, I knew I needed to do this work.         

Having my own two children in 2015 & 2017, taught me the paradox of parenthood with the highest, most love-filled highs and the lowest, hardest challenges I have ever experienced. It made me all the more passionate and driven to help families in this beautiful, difficult, all-consuming journey of new parenthood. After all, when a baby is born, a parent is born and a family is born.         

Throughout my career I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of families (actually probably more like a few thousand now!) Over and over I have seen first hand the key to meeting your feeding goals: prenatal learning and customized support when you need it. Even though breast/chestfeeding or providing human milk may be "natural"- just as learning to walk or talk is "natural"- It is still a learning process that takes time and sometimes a little help. After all, it takes a village!  If you need some help or guidance, I would be honored to be there for you and your family too.

Tamra Heald
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

As a mother of three, I breastfed a total of 96 months, and during that time became very passionate about walking alongside other families as they started and continued their infant feeding journeys.  I love the feeling of helping a family reach their goals for feeding their infant, just as much as I love the feeling of helping a family pivot their goals to better fit their situation or needs. 
My spouse is in the U.S. Air Force, and I started supporting families in 2013 when we were stationed in Ramstein, Germany.  As a volunteer with Mom2Mom, I started as a Peer Mentor and then went on to become certified as a Lactation Counselor in order to provide additional help to military families stationed overseas.  After returning Stateside, I started working with WIC as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and continued my education, certifying as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2019. 

Since then, I have been working both inpatient and outpatient Lactation at a hospital and WIC clinic, giving me the opportunity to work with families at all stages in their breast/chestfeeding journeys, from the very beginning to the end.  I have special interest in helping infants optimize their oral function, and am trained in working with the oral habilitation of babies who are struggling with breastfeeding due to birth trauma, tongue or lip tie, torticollis, and a variety of other concerns. 
I am so thrilled to be working with Queen Lactation, a business dedicated to providing equitable, evidence based care to new families.  It is always an honor to join a family inside the sacred space of postpartum life, and I am so appreciative of all the families who have graciously allowed me inside that space.