Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC


Julie Matheney, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, earned her Masters in speech-language pathology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She worked with infants and children with pediatric feeding disorders. After moving to California from the Midwest, she worked at Simi Valley Hospital in their pediatric unit before transferring to Providence Holy Cross where she works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While most people assume speech therapists work with speech and language, the bulk of her job is feeding and swallowing. The same things you speak with, you eat with! She became lactation certified in 2012 and enjoys helping both mother and baby in the feeding process.

I knew even as a child that I should be working with infants. When I was just 10 years old I wrote a “manual” for caring for babies. The field of speech pathology was very attractive to me as it allowed me to work with feeding babies without needing to do the hard job of needles, shots, and medications. My education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio provided me with the opportunity to be trained at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the NICU, an important base that I needed to start my career. After living for two years in Costa Rica doing missions and relief work in an impoverished community, I decided to leave the cold of the Midwest behind and settle in California. I’m so glad I did! I met my husband out here and together we have a beautiful infant daughter. My lactation training went from being technical to applicable. I’m a full time working mom with an exclusively breast milk fed baby. I understand the unique challenges this brings to a family dynamic and am excited to help you with your unique breastfeeding challenges. I’m excited to empower you with the knowledge and skills you need for breastfeeding before your new bundle of joy arrives. Sometimes feeding can be difficult at the start. I will come alongside you to help get everything in track for successful feeding.

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