Pumping and Feeding Gear...a workshop for Health Professionals

Explore various breastpumps & learn how to support your clients in choosing and using pumping and feeding gear.

If you work with families having babies, you've heard about different pumps, phlanges, nipple shields, alternative feeding products and more...there are always new things coming on the market and it's hard to keep up. 

How can you support families in making choices that make the most sense for their situation if you don't know how the items work, how to make them work better for your clients or what the new gear on the market can do for your clients? You can be sure you have more information by joining this workshop!  

What is the Pumping & Feeding Gear Workshop?

This hands-on workshop is intended to provide health professionals with the information, tools and techniques they should have to provide practical support to families who are pumping and/or feeding infants.

This is a 3-hour workshop led by Jeanette Mesite Frem of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) experienced in doing phlange fitting and pumping sessions with milk-making parents as well as using and recommending various feeding and lactation gear.

What will be present and discussed:

  • at least 8 different electric pumps plus 5 different manual pumps
  • 15+ different types and sizes of phlanges (also known as pump breast shields)
  • types and sizes of nipple shields, nipple everters, tube feeders, supplemental nursing systems and more
  • over 15 types of bottles and nipples and why some might be preferred by lactation professionals over others. Let's talk about bottle shape, nipple shape, nipple material and flow rates.
  • touch the gear, play with it and (if all goes as planned) witness real parents pumping and using the gear.
  • share your experience with other participants
  • how you can support families with updated information on pumping and using various gear on the market today

Who should join this workshop?


This workshop is for those working with childbearing families:  

  • IBCLCs
  • breastfeeding counselors and educators 
  • birth and postpartum doulas
  • nurses, especially maternity, pediatric and visiting
  • others working with parents who wish to increase their knowledge

Did you know that while most pumps come with two phlanges (aka breast shields) sizes, there are many different sizes and shapes on the market that might work better for comfort and milk yield? Come find out how you might support your clients in choosing and using them.

There are nipple shields, nipple everters, nipple substitutes...so many nipples! Come see them, feel them, play with them and find out when each is appropriate and when you should be referring to an IBCLC.

Bottles: they all say "slow flow", "like the breast", "prevents colic"...but are they? Do they? What is more likely to promote normal oral function? What when to introduce a bottle and bottle refusal?

Fee & Schedule



Babies in Common, 6 Maple Street, Northborough, MA 

(inside Northboro Chiropractic Center)


Was scheduled for 6/23 but had to be postponed...new date TBD, likely in August. Email jeanetteibclc@babiesincommon.com if you have a preference. pm 

followed by a free networking social hour for those who want to stay (BYOB).


$110 per person. 

Limited to 12 participants per session.

Includes hot and cold refreshments and snacks. 

Babies in arms welcome.



About the Instructor


Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE is an experienced childbirth educator, IBCLC-lactation consultant and retired birth doula. She started her career working with families while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa in the early 90s. She loved that work so much she went on to receive a public health masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focusing her studies on nutrition for maternal and child health. Her two children were breastfed for more than 2 years each, Jeanette has experience pumping at work for both children and has supported more than a thousand families with breastfeeding over the years. 

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as provide lactation consultations in homes as well as in her office. She also teaches a one-day workshop called Breastfeeding Foundations for Perinatal Health Professionals, the online Lactation Foundations Study Club, enjoys mentoring those who work with families and is excited to add this workshop to her offerings.

If you have questions, feel free to email jeanetteibcLc@babiesincommon.com.