Our Mission: The Breastfeeding Coalition of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties is a regional collaborative that empowers and educates our community to support families in reaching their breastfeeding goals. Together we are working toward increasing access to lactation resources, improving knowledge of best practices, and enhancing a supportive work and social environment.
Our Vision: A culture that recognizes breastfeeding as the optimum for health and wellbeing.
Linn Benton Lincoln Breastfeeding Coalition Board Members
Leah Brunson BS, IBCLC
Leah Brunson is the Linn County WIC program Coordinator and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Leah has been serving families in the Linn County WIC program for over 24 years. She is passionate about her work consulting with clients using motivational interviewing strategies to help parents set and meet goals.
In her down time, Leah enjoys yoga, gardening, hiking, and exploring Oregon with her husband and two German Shorthair dogs Molly and Mia.
Megan Dunn, BS, IBCLC
Megan Dunn is a board certified Lactation Consultant and Health Educator who holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Sociology. This educational background informs her understanding of the social and cultural complexities of the feeding relationship. With more than 15 years serving families, her experiences have run the gamut as a volunteer, peer-to-peer counselor, clinical IBCLC, and as an educator for parents and professionals.
Currently, she is the Coordinator for the Breastfeeding and Peer Counseling Programs for Linn County. Her special interests include the fascinating world of our microbiome, empowering parents through Participant Centered and motivational approaches, and creating successful feeding solutions for complex cases. She is eager to collaborate on projects which focus on improving public policy and accessibility to culturally aware and trauma-informed care for all perinatal families.
When she’s not pondering and working on all things human milk, Megan enjoys cooking, hanging out with her teenagers, volunteering, and spinning tunes as a community radio host and DJ.
Shelby believes in the power of support and education in motivating and empowering families to make their own best feeding choices for their children. She strives to help mothers build a stronger foundation for child lifelong health by supporting breastfeeding past the first year.
She supported families as a birth doula for several years and currently as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for Linn County’s WIC program. Shelby is attending PSU’s Human Lactation Program to add to her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, and ultimately wants to obtain her IBCLC.
Her hobbies include running, dancing, reading, coaching track, combing the coast, and keeping up with her toddler and son’s sports.
Amanda Wilkerson, BSN, RN
Amanda has been a nurse since 2015 with most of her experience spent in L&D and as a Public Health MCH RN. After making the move to Public Health, she recognized the gap in breastfeeding care that occurs after parents leave the hospital. This created a passion to learn more and to look for ways to help bridge that gap.
As a Family Connects RN who provides in home care, she has a unique opportunity to assist parents with feeding struggles during such a vulnerable time. Her goal is to learn more about breastfeeding support and eventually become an IBCLC to be able to provide that home support.
When not working with families, she loves to spend time with her cats and husband, usually at home on the couch getting snuggles. Her family loves to explore the coast and all that Oregon and the PNW has to offer. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help our local families and continue learning how to better support our community.