Jessica Hazen, MS, RDN, LD, IBCLC
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Lactation Consultant
I help women navigate nutrition prior to conception, throughout pregnancy and postnatally with lactation and infant feeding support.
I work alongside new Moms in tandem to achieve their breastfeeding and infant feeding goals.
I support families on their journey to raise mindful competent eaters.
My approach to nutrition aims to be both simple and realistic. When we fuel our bodies with wholesome foods we maximize the potential for creating a healthy environment within. What we chose to nourish our bodies with can affect not only our physical but also mental well-being. I believe that balance is key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle and that it is counterproductive when foods are labeled as either “good” or “bad.” Rather, I help my clients understand the benefits of each food and how they can impact overall health. I believe that health can be obtained at every size and that there isn’t one “right” way to reach optimal well-being. Each client I work with is unique and I tailor my approach as such. Establishing a balanced nutritional foundation can help prevent chronic diseases and allow our bodies to function at their peak condition.
This individual health begins in the womb and is pivotal to facilitate a strong foundation early on, as this is essential for the growth, development, and maintenance of the body and mind. It is this philosophy that has shaped my passion for working with women and dictates how I counsel from conception, throughout pregnancy, and into postpartum.Pregnancy is both a special and challenging time in a woman’s life; therefore, I believe it is important to help my clients understand and receive the appropriate nutrients and energy required to keep both mother and baby healthy.
Background & Education
I was born in Grants Pass, Oregon and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah at an early age. Growing up, I was constantly active and participated in several sports, including volleyball, track, swimming, and dance. I’ve always been fascinated with health and how our bodies function. I realized early on that food was the fuel that could “make or break” your performance. In college, at the University of Utah, this fascination evolved into a professional interest when I attended my first nutrition class. By 2010, I had graduated with a major in Exercise & Sport Science and a minor in Nutrition. Afterward, I knew I wanted to better understand how our bodies break down nutrients for our benefit in the ever-changing field of nutrition. And, so, I attended California State University, Los Angeles, completing an internship program, Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science and ultimately receiving my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) certification. After this, I moved to the White Mountains of Arizona, where I worked with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program for 4.5 years.
Through my experience with WIC, I became more interested in breastfeeding, since maternal and adolescent health goes hand-in-hand with this important process. Therefore, I worked until I accumulated the proper experience and hours, all the while working clinically at the local hospital. And, in January 2018, I received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification with the goal of continuing to learn and share my knowledge with others.
In my free time, I am still active and enjoy exploring the outdoors with my husband and our dog, Charlie. We love to attend concerts, cheer on our favorite sports teams, travel, and try out new restaurants.