The Pumping Class: Milk-boosting & Back to Work Strategies

Come spend some time learning the tricks and tips to increasing your milk supply, pumping with ease, hand-expressing breastmilk, storing human milk and even tips for better bottle-feeding. During this 3-hour workshop (yes, there really is that much to cover!), we’ll discuss everything you need to know for going back to work (or if you’re pumping for other reasons, you are also more than welcome to attend!). We'll also play with different pumps (with pretend breasts!) and tools so you can learn about them and decide if they are a good idea for you or not. 

We'll talk about the logistics around finding a place to pump at the office, working with your childcare providers about how much to give, storage, bottle-feeding and what to do with extra milk. The law and your employer. Pumping on the go. Making pump with more pleasure, more yield and less time while away from your baby. Breast massage and hand expression. Changing feeding and sleep patterns after going back to work. Which pump, which pump flanges are best for you, cleaning everything. Storing milk. Power pumping. What to do when there seems to be less milk from pumping. What is normal? Addressing problems and concerns. When to ask for help. Bring your questions and feel free to bring your pump, too!

We will also talk a good bit about pumping to increase supply, foods, herbs, medicines and alternative methods to help boost supply. We’ll discuss reasons for low milk supply or encountering a lowering supply after things have been going well for a while. We’ll go over breast massage, hand expression, donor milk, bottle-feeding and so much more. We’ll also talk about when to ask for more help. Bring your questions! 

Led by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Jeanette Mesite Frem, this class will offer you valuable tips, demonstrations and information to help get your milk supply boosted.  You'll go home with strategies to consider, a special webpage full of "homework" resources just for class attendees and a new confidence and energy to get started! 


This class does NOT replace a lactation consult with an IBCLC, but it might help enough that you don't need one. That being said, if you take this class and then decide to have a consultation with me, know that most insurances reimburse for lactation consultations (particularly Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim, Fallon, Tufts and Blue Cross Blue Shield).


$85.00, class is 3 hours.  Minimum 4 registrants.

Partners or grandmothers welcome to come with the nursing/pumping parent. Babies in arms are welcome! 

Expectant parents also welcome to attend but note that this is NOT a general breastfeeding class, so if you haven't breastfed before, please also plan on taking a prenatal breastfeeding class like the Breastfeeding Ready class with Babies in Common.

Additionally, if folks would like to do a group flange fitting after the class (meaning everyone will be pumping at the same time and I will have different flanges ready-to-try):

  • you can stay after class and we'll start the Flange Fitting Group at 6:30pm (1 hour)
  • you must register in advance for this portion, the fee is just $25
  • you must bring your pump and ALL pump parts that you own (or bring more than one pump!)
  • because everyone will be pumping in a group, NO partners or others can stay except for baby, although it will be easier for you to pump if someone can be with baby during that time). 
  • If you'd like to register for ONLY the Flange Fitting Group, click here for the registration link.


Upcoming Class


If you register and then want to sign up for the Flange Fitting Group, it should allow you to add that event onto your order.  If not, click here for the direct link.

A special receipt will be provided to you to submit to your health insurance for reimbursement (your insurance may or may not reimburse or may reimburse for just part of it, there's no way I can be sure, but it's worth a try!).

Email if you have any questions!


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milk harvest: pumping success

Wanted to share this with you Jeanette and Babies in Common!!

Thanks to Jeanette and the moms
I've met at groups at Babies in Common
I have gone from intimidated to empowered about pumping!
This is just the milk I pumped TODAY! 14 ounces!
My competitive side just keeps trying to one up myself :)
~ Melissa DuBois, Millbury, MA

[photo: the previous name of this class was Milk Harvest]