Dr. Hope Lima - Expert Reviewer


PhD, RD (registered dietitian), IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant)


Owner, Hope Feeds Families, LLC


Dr. Hope Lima started in the field of maternal and child health over a decade ago through reproductive nutrition and human milk research during her MS and PhD.

Being fascinated with reproduction and how nutrition can support lactation, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Dietitian.

For the past 6 years, Hope has trained students as a Professor of Human Nutrition. Additionally, Hope owns Hope Feeds Families, a private practice based out of Rock Hill, SC.

Hope is OutCare Certified, has completed the FARE Certificate in Pediatric Allergy Management, and is always seeking to provide equitable, evidence-based care. 


THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY                                                              
November 2020

Dietetic Internship, ISPP for PhDs

Distance internship conducted with Winthrop University and Levine Children’s Hospital in Rock Hill, SC and Charlotte, NC from May 2019 to September 2020        


NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY                                                 
May 2018

PhD in Nutrition Science

Dissertation: Optimizing Medical Nutrition for Exclusively Human Milk Fed Infants

Major advisor: April Fogleman, PhD, RD, IBCLC


NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY                                                   
May 2016

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics


NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY                                               
December 2014

Master of Science in Animal Science

Master of Science in Nutrition Science

Thesis: The Role of Maternal Nutrition on Fetal Development and Programming

Major advisors: Jack Odle, PhD and Lin Xi, PhD


WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE                                                            
May 2012

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Concentration in Ecology



American Heart Association – Basic Life Support                                                        

FARE Certificate of Training in Pediatric Food Allergy                                                  

Registered Dietitian; CDR #86152120                                                                          

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant                                                          



International Lactation Consultant Association                                                            

United States Lactation Consultant Association                                                          

Appalachian Breastfeeding Network         

South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition                                                                             

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics                             

American Society for Nutrition