Curriculum Vitae

Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC

Naples, NY 14512



        International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

                October 2011 – Present


        Certified Lactation Counselor

                August, 2006 – Present, The Center for Breastfeeding

        Certified Postpartum Doula

                September, 2006 – 2009, DONA


        DONA Trained Birth Doula

                March, 2006 - BirthMatters!

        CLC Training

                August 2006 - The Center for Breastfeeding

        WIC Peer Breastfeeding Counselor Training

                November, 2005 - Finger Lakes WIC

        NMAC Breastfeeding Counselor Training

                November, 2004 - Nursing Mother’s Advisory Counsel


Employment and Volunteer Positions

        2011-Present:        IBCLC in private practice, Owner: First Nourishment

        2008-Present:        Owner and operator of the web domain

        2005 - 2012:        CLC, Peer Breastfeeding Counselor, Finger Lakes WIC

        2006 - 2008:          CLC and Doula in private practice, Owner: Nurturing the Mother Doula Care

        2004 - 2005:        Nursing Mothers Counselor, Nursing Mothers Advisory Council

Professional Memberships and Affiliations


            ILCA 2017-Present

             New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition 2010-Present

        Le Leche League 2008 - Present

        DONA 2006 - 2009

        Nursing Mothers Advisory Council 2004-2005

Speaking Engagements


Mountain Momma Collective (three-hour workshop)

                        An In-depth Look into Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

        Praeclarus Press Webinar

                        Before the Letdown: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother

Mama Bites Podcast Interview with Corinne Crossley, LMHC

                        Topic: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex


        iLactation Online Breastfeeding Conference

                        Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother

        International Lactation Consultant Association Live Chat Education Module

                        Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex: Psychological Symptoms with a Biological Cause

All About Breastfeeding Podcast Interview with Lori Isenstadt, IBCLC

                        Topic: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

        Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

                        Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother


        Born to Breastfeed Podcast Interview with Marie Biancuzzo, RN, MS, IBCLC

                        Topic: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

        27th Annual Art of Breastfeeding Conference

                        Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother

        Breastfeeding Outside the Box Podcast Interview with Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC

                        Topic: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex


        GOLD International  Lactation Conference

                        Understanding D-MER


        International Symposium on Breastfeeding La Leche League of Euskadi, Spain

                        D-MER: A Sufferers Tale


        12th National Conference of LLLItaly

                        Understanding Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex


        Rochester Doula Co-Op, Rochester NY

                        Understanding Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex                        


        Finger Lakes WIC, Canandaigua NY

                        Keeping Breastfeeding on Track


        Abington Nursing Mothers, Abington PA

                        Starting Solids

Media Interviews


Interviewed by Sarah Watts of Pillpack for an article

Interviewed by Katie McPherson of for “Can Exclusively Pumping Help D-MER? Here's What An Expert (& Patient) Had To Say”

Interviewed by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez of for “This Rare Condition Makes Breastfeeding Emotionally and Physically Painful”


Interviewed by Julie Revelant of Fox News for “D-MER: The Scary Breastfeeding Condition You’ve Never Heard Of”

Interviewed by Kate Rope for her book on postpartum mental health to be published by St. Martian

Interviewed by Susan Rinkunas of New York Magazine for “The Scary Breastfeeding Disorder People Aren’t Talking About"

Interviewed by Serina Sandhu of iNews for “D-MER: What The Dementor-like Breastfeeding Condition Feels Like”

Interviewed by Julie Revelant for The Bump for “The Anxiety I Had While Breastfeeding Is A Real Condition”



        Clinical Lactation Vol 9 Issue 3, DOI: 10.1891/2158-0782.9.3.104

Letter to the Editor, D-MER: An Open Question


        Peer Reviewer of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex: A Case Series for Breastfeeding Medicine

Before the Letdown: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

                A book about D-MER for mothers, support people and healthcare providers


        International Breastfeeding Journal, 2011 6:6

                Dysphoric milk ejection reflex: A case report


        Breastfeeding Today Magazine

                Interview: D-MER, What Is It?


                Opening the Door to Breastfeeding’s Best Kept Secret

        DONA International Magazine

Opening the Closet Door on D-MER

DONA Newsletter: Feature Story

When Breastfeeding Feels Dark