Feeding Babies

If you are breastfeeding, chestfeeding, pumping, making milk or plan to, know that you have someone here to help! Yep, 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.

Breastfeeding Ready, a prenatal class  A one-time prenatal class where, yes, you are strongly encouraged to bring your partner or close family membor of close friend. This class, taught by Babies in Common's Jeanette Mesite Frem, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, will not only show you how to get breastfeeding and milk-making 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, hand expression, breast massage for lactation, alternative feeding gear, pumping, choosing breastpumps (there will be many pumps to see and play with) 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. This class is almost more important for partners/helpers than it is for pregnant people!

Feeding Consultations I am passionate about helping parents achieve their goals related to breastfeeding, lactation, chestfeeding, bottlefeeding and just feeding in general. I nursed both of my children for more than two years each, have worked with thousands of families in some capacity over the years and am now an IBCLC/registered lactation consultant. Click here for details and scheduling an appointment. 

Mastering the Pump If you have questions about pumping and would like to try different pumps, flanges and learn hand expression and pumping tips and tricks, this session is for you! I've helped many people pump, which often results in yielding more milk (or faster) and more comfort (sometimes they thought they were comfortable and then tried different flanges and different pups and found surprisingly positive results that pumping could be MORE comfortable).  I don't sell pumps or flanges, this is a service I provide! Click here to see more details and schedule the appointment.

Basic Phone Support  As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), an experienced breastfeeding counselor, mother of two breastfed children and passionate advocate for infant feeding support…just message me via text first (without details about your situation, as texting isn't a secure communication form).  My number is 617-686-0052.  I’m happy to give you some 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 in-depth 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 other practitioner, I’ll also let you know.

Phone/Video Consultations  While an in-person consultation is best most of the time (we are wired for connection with other humans!), 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. We would use a HIPAA-compliant platform that works on your smartphone, tablet or computer. It's not perfect, but sometimes it does the trick! Click here for more information.

Breastmilk & Conversation Group  A feeding support group in Northborough.  Just $10.  Always check the Calendar (upper right-hand side of every page of this website) before you leave your house, in case there is a schedule change.  It usually happens often on Fridays at 11:30 am and once-per-month on a Saturday. Click here for more information about this group.

More Milk Mamas Group  This occasional group, typically held on a Saturday, is for those nursing a baby or child 5.5 months or an older nursing child and enjoying other foods (or those who are almost there...come ask questions!). Also in Northborough. Just $10. Always check the Calendar (upper right-hand side of every page of this website) before you leave the house.  Click here for more information.

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