Thamara Ferrugem, CLC

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Thamara Ferrugem, CLC, is a nutritionist and a certified lactation counselor with the Breastfeeding and Lactation Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Thamara Ferrugem, CLC, is a nutritionist and a certified lactation counselor (CLC). Currently, she works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Human Milk and Formula Technician. Prior to joining CHOP's team, she worked as a Manager for WIC, The Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children from 2018 to 2020, where she oversaw the WIC Clinic. From 2016 to 2017, she served as a Public Health Nutritionist at WIC, providing trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese) nutritional education and lactation support to diverse families.

Before moving to the United States, Thamara worked in Brazil at a national neonatal screening program providing nutrition counseling to children with special needs including down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Areas of interest and past experience include early treatment of metabolic diseases including congenital hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria, sickle cell anemia, congenital adrenal Hyperplasia, and cystic fibrosis.

Thamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Paulista University, GO/Brazil. Currently is pursuing a graduate certificate in Herbal Therapy in Functional Nutrition, and is preparing to start her studies to become an IBCLC in the near future. Additional training includes - Human Milk Dispensary Management (APAN/Brazil), WIC Hemocue Certified and ServSafe.

When she is not at work, Thamara is cooking up Brazilian recipes, traveling and enjoying the outdoors with her husband.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Nutrition - Paulista University, GO/Brazil

Titles and Academic Titles

Lactation Coordinator

Departments and Services