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MS, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) ​Masters in Nutritional Science Certified Mental Health First Aider

Aloha! My name is Mihoko Yacavone and I am an International Board Certified 
Lactation Consultant and a Registered Dietitian.  I was born in Japan but our family 
moved a lot and I spent my younger days living in California, Singapore and Japan. Yes, 
it was definitely tough at times having to move every 4 years but living in different parts 
of the world has shaped my interest in continued learning and the importance of 
respecting people, their value systems, and embracing cultural differences. I suppose, in 
addition to the natural beauty of Hawaii, the diversity and cohesiveness of cultures is one 
of the reasons that initially drew me to the islands and has kept me here on Oahu for over 
20 years!  
My interest in breastfeeding was found when I was a student, studying Nutrition. After 
all, we cannot discuss infant nutrition without mentioning breastmilk!  The more I 
learned, the more I continued to be in awe at how breastmilk is perfectly made with the 
precise nutritional needs of a newborn baby and all the health benefits afforded to baby 
and mom. With this in mind, I knew I wanted to be involved in supporting breastfeeding 
and I have been doing exactly that for the past 11 years in a clinical/community setting. 
As a dietitian, I was fascinated because of the nutritional & health benefits but my 
passion to become a lactation consultant grew after having my 2 daughters. . . To be 
honest, I was feeling pretty confident that I would be able to breastfeed my baby when I 
first became pregnant...However, that quickly changed when my daughter arrived 
prematurely with jaundice and a tongue tie.  
After going through cracked/bleeding nipples, clogged ducts, thrush and all sorts of other 
things, I was able to breastfeed my baby and that was all because of the support I had 
from family, friends and colleagues. It was evidence based information, various 
techniques, and above all, the genuine compassion that I received from my breastfeeding 
ohana that helped me get through my challenges. It was a tremendously empowering 
experience and that is what I strive to provide to all my clients.  
Seeing hundreds of newborn babies and parents, I have come to realize that each 
mom/dad is an expert of their own body and their baby's needs.  Therefore, I am 
committed to listening to the challenges and needs of my clients so that they can achieve 
their personal feeding goals by providing evidence based information and unbiased 
support. I strive to have tools that suit each family’s needs, whether its evidence base 
information and techniques (trust me on this, I have a master’s degree in Nutritional 
Science, enjoy biochemistry, and love to understand how things work so that I may also 
explain these things to my clients). I am also passionate about offering/teaching different 
breast massage techniques and answering any nutrition questions! 

It is an honor to support families as they embark on their breastfeeding journey and there 
may be challenges you experience on your journey as well; but, rest assured, I am here to 
guide you and support you through the process so that you have confidence in your 
technique, feel empowered with an understanding of the issues and how to resolve them, 
and experience the wonderful gift of breastfeeding and the benefits to you and your baby 
that will last a lifetime. 

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