Breastfeeding & Lactation
If you are breastfeeding or making milk or plan to, know that you have someone here to help! Yup, the proverbial “they” say that breastfeeding is natural but sometimes there are some major or minor bumps in the road to nursing or making milk successfully. I’m happy to help whether in a prenatal class, over the phone, in a group or a private consultation.
Basic Phone Support
As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), an experienced breastfeeding counselor, mother of two breastfed children and passionate advocate for breastfeeding when possible, I offer breastfeeding support…just call! I’m happy to give you a couple suggestions at no cost over the phone (typically less than ten minutes). If I think you’d benefit from a private consultation with me for a more complicated or indepth situation, I’ll let you know (not everyone needs this, some issues are simple resolved through phone support). If I think you or your baby would benefit from a consultation with a physician or chiropractor, I’ll also let you know.
While an in-person consultation is sometimes needed, some issues can be helped by a phone or video consultation. Or perhaps you need help NOW and don't want to wait for an in-person consultation. Or perhaps there's no lactation consultant available in your area and a phone/video consultation is going to be the best way for you to get help. Let's talk first and find out whether a phone/video consultation makes sense for your situation. The we can use phone, Facetime, Skype or Gotomeeting for a consultation. It's not perfect, but sometimes it does the trick! Click here for more information.
I am passionate about helping moms achieve their goals related to breastfeeding and lactation. I nursed both of my children for more than two years each, have worked with several hundred mom-baby pairs as a breastfeeding counselor since 2004 and am now an IBCLC/registered lactation consultant. Click here for information about the lactation consultations I offer via phone/video, your home and sometimes in an office I borrow from a friend.
If you can’t reach me or want to talk to another International Board Certified Lactation Consultant about your situation and a possible consult, call:
- Carol Mathewson, IBCLC 508-596-9377
- Shelly Taft, LPN, IBCLC 508-245-5301
- Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC 413-687-0106
Breastmilk & Conversation Group…a feeding support group usually offered one morning per week and one afternoon per week in Worcester or Northborough. Just $15.
Are you nursing? Pumping? Both? Expecting a baby and curious about it? This women-and-babies-only group. It's fun and informative and moms always walk away learning something. Come learn what’s normal, how amazing you and your baby are and how easy breastfeeding can be. Come ready to ask questions and share your suggestions as you get to meet other moms and babies. While nursing is natural, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s not. If you’re pumping and looking for advice to increase your milk supply, introducing a bottle or making pumping more enjoyable, just ask…there are some cool strategies that work well. Come whether you need help or not–there’s always someone new to meet and either share with or learn from (or both). No need to let me know you're coming but please NOTE: since I’m your facilitator and I’m also a human/mother, I may very occasionally need to cancel group due to vacation or illness, so please check the Babies in Common Google Calendar before coming. Thanks!
Breastfeeding Ready, a one-time prenatal class, 2 hours, $75 per couple
This class, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, will not only show you how to get breastfeeding and milkmaking off to a great start (and what you can do prenatally to prepare) but also how to get through the first month feeling supported and what bumps in the road to look for. We'll talk about sore nipples, tongue-tie, colostrum expression, pumping, choosing breastpumps and how to know when to call in a professional for help. We'll also talk about what you need and don't need as far as products. What can be more fun that talking about boobs!? Ask about the package price for taking more than one prenatal class. There is also a discount if your health insurance is MassHealth.
Go Pro Pumping...a class for pumping tips. Come spend an evening learning the tricks and tips to increasing your milk supply, pumping with ease, hand-expressing breastmilk and storing human milk. $75 No class scheduled but interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let Milk Flow...a class for those hoping to boost their milk supply.
More Milk Mamas...This weekly group is for those nursing a child who is older, mobile and enjoying other foods (or those who are almost there...come ask questions!). Just $15
A casual, drop-in group. Keep in mind that you are also welcome at Breastmilk & Cookies group but some mamas like to have a group for the older babies and toddlers. Please keep in mind, those with toddlers, that as much as we try to limit distractions, there ARE distractions in the Babies in Common space...and as much as we all love active little ones, repetitive jumping and running are NOT allowed due to the fact that there's a pediatrician's office downstairs and the building is over 200 years old. Thanks!