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About the Foundation

Welcome to our site!

Here at Texas Foundation for Maternal Infant and Lactation Knowledge, our non-profit research works towards improving the breastfeeding experience of families. Our outreach efforts are guided to educate parents and health care providers with the most up to date recommendations available. 

Built on a business model created by mothers for mothers, we started out in Reno, Nevada where we were well known for our lactation workshops and support groups. The first state-based funds we received were used to provide breast-feeding friendly retreat tents and amenities for breastfeeding mothers at community based events. 

Since those humble beginnings, we have expanded into research and medical-grade instrument development to further our understanding of the physio-kinetics of milk movement from the breast to the baby. In the future we hope to be able to provide instruments to providers that will analyze difficulties with breastfeeding to improve treatment options and care plans. 

We pride ourselves on expanding the information and resources available to new mothers and their health care providers alike. We are extremely excited to be newly re-launching the Foundation based in San Antonio, Texas. 

Please make yourself at home, here on our website, and SUBSRCIBE to stay updated on free breastfeeding resources, tips, and tricks, as well as the newest upcoming research projects. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.

Founder- Physician

Dr. Darby Dickton completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in biochemistry, graduating Cum Laude with Honors from Hillsdale College. She completed her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and attended residency at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. Dr. Darby is currently a licensed physician in Texas. Dr. Darby is a certified Lactation Educator and has a special interest in the health of Mother/Infant dyads and all aspects of Emergency Medicine.

Founder - Lactation Consultant

Dr. Jimi Francis, MS, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, RDN, LD completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada. She completed her Doctoral degree in Nutrition  at the University of California at Davis and her Dietetics Internship through the University of Iowa. As well as being a Registered Dietitian licensed in Texas, Dr. Jimi is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr. Jimi is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler.