We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice Echeverria and Candice James and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Candice Echeverria and Candice James are two best friends, moms, and go-getters who hit it off right from the start when they met 8 years ago. Aside from having the same name which is super cool, the parallels in their lives are uncanny.
Both psychology majors and mothers of older daughters, they went into their second pregnancies of baby boys knowing they wanted to tackle breastfeeding from an educated and empowered perspective this time around. They had their boys a week apart and loved coaching one another through the unexpected hurdles of feeding so much that they felt inspired to provide other breastfeeding parents with the same love and guidance they had been offering one another.
After a long walk with their strollers one beautiful Cali afternoon, they had developed an entire business plan and GoldiLacts Lactation Consulting was born! This business has become their “third baby”! Their passion for assisting families navigate the pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum journey continues to grow with each client who invites them along.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
GoldiLacts Lactation Consulting is different in that we truly meet a breastfeeding parent where they are. The client’s goals become our goals. Regardless of what your feeding plan looks like, regardless of what the postpartum period feels like, we are here to comfort you by telling you we have literally been where you are. We don’t offer advice to other moms that comes from a text book and we don’t bore you with all the scientific reasons why you should breastfeed. We know it’s best, but when it comes to your emotional and mental health that doesn’t matter. What matters is YOU.
We provide in-home services in the Los Angeles area but we also serve clients virtually around the world! We have helped families in South Korea, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Ecuador, and Dubai to name a few of our international clients as well as touching most of the fifty states. We will literally set our alarms to make sure we can operate in another time zone if it means helping a mama and baby achieve feeding success!!
We love your babies, but YOU are our client. It brings us so much joy to look into a parent’s eyes, help them dig deeper than they have ever gone before, and believe that their body not only got this baby here but it can help keep that baby alive, too. Just like we have each other’s backs in real life, The Candice’s have your back, too!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Nature brings us both so much comfort and we are constantly trying to find ways to ground ourselves. The ocean, regardless of what the weather is like or what time of day it is, is Candice Echeverria’s greatest escape from the congestion of the city. Los Angeles has so many amazingly beautiful beaches in Malibu, Huntington, Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach…the list goes on and on!
You can find Candice James on hiking trails, at farmers markets, or in the Hollywood hills overlooking the city. We love the fact that LA has so many beautiful wide open spaces that surround a hub of a million exciting things to do with millions of different types of people, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and ways of life! Just step outside and explore!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would honestly have to say…each other! As best friends we share absolutely everything and the way we support each other through personal growth is astounding.
Whether it’s business, motherhood, personal relationships, or just what we want to eat that day or how hydrated we are…we have got each other’s backs! We don’t make any decisions without fully constructing a “best-and-worst-case-scenarios” list and we base everything off of energy. We truly want the best for each other and that’s what makes our business work so well! That love for one another bleeds onto each client we touch and through that, our respect for another continues to grow.
We also could not do this without the love of our families. They believe in GoldiLacts as much as we do and have given us the space to create and cultivate this safe space for families everywhere!
Other: We also have a podcast called GoldiLacts N’ Chill! You can find us on Spotify and Apple Podcasts