Melissa Hardy

Melissa Hardy

Pediatrician, Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist, IBCLC

Dr. Hardy has supported and advocated for parents and babies since she started pediatric residency with her own newborn daughter. She found her passion for lactation care and helping parents through the transition to parenthood in becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) during residency. After graduating from the College of St. Benedict, finishing medical school and completing her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota, she settled in MN with her husband and children and started a general pediatrics job. In wanting to focus more on the newborn and lactation aspect of patient care, she joined Dr. Michelle Haggerty in her Fourth Trimester Doc practice providing in-home newborn and lactation care. Dr. Hardy continues to provide general pediatric care at a children’s hospital, acute care clinic, and direct primary care. She spends time educating upcoming pediatricians by volunteering at educational events for her former residency program. She has also been involved in AAP initiatives for infant nutrition and lactation support for medical trainees.

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