Helping Families Feed Babies...a workshop for health professionals

If you work with families having new babies and want to learn more about breastfeeding but don't want to take a week-long training or do many hours online, taking the Helping Families Feed Babies Workshop* is for you!

There are many lactation/breastfeeding/chestfeeding helpers that come across new & experienced parents. If you work with expectant families or those with new babies, this class is for you. Come find out what you can do to help parents get off to the best start to meet their goals before they meet their baby and beyond. From prenatal preparation to the first hour after birth to getting a good latch to making more milk to healing nipples to tongue tie to alternative feeding and when to seek out the help of an IBCLC, this workshop offers details and concrete actions helpers can take. Join this interactive workshop and find out what's really happening with lactation and feeding these days and what YOU can do to support the families with whom you work!

Appropriate for birth and postpartum doulas, doula trainees, lactation counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, licensed mental health workers, speech-language pathologists, caseworkers, early intervention providers, childbirth educators, community health workers and others. This is NOT appropriate for IBCLCs.

Topics covered:

  • early initiation of breastfeeding
  • the role of the doula and other helpers in supporting breastfeeding
  • why breastfeeding and human milk matters
  • aligning the stars for success: prenatal planning impact of culture, family, friends and other social aspects on breastfeeding rates and access to support
  • first hours and first weeks: support strategies for breastfeeding on day one and nurturing the breastfeeding relationship
  • navigating challenges: barriers to breastfeeding, finding the right support, advocacy and connecting to other care providers
  • staying strong after the newborn period: providing longer-term breastfeeding and lactation support
  • improving your client's perinatal experience
  • includes real parents and babies nursing in different positions and sharing their stories, as well as participants strategizing together to support each dyad in mini-counseling sessions.

Upcoming Workshops Dates

TBD (inquire if you're interested)

Workshop runs from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm $225 per person (if you work for WIC, for early intervention or at a community health center, please inquire about a discount).

Includes light breakfast snacks, afternoon snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments.

7.5 CEUs from DONA International. Meets criteria for the Comm. of MA Board of Nursing continuing education.

* formerly known as the Breastfeeding Foundations for Perinatal Health Workers Workshop


About the Instructor

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD started working with new moms and babies in 1992 in a village in West Africa, where she lived and worked for two years with a midwife and a nurse. She earned her graduate degree in public health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focusing on international maternal and infant nutrition. She has been working directly with families in Massachusetts as a birth doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor since 2003. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2013. She has a private practice serving Central Massachusetts/MetroWest families (Babies in Common), where she provides childbirth and prenatal education and office/home visits for lactation/feeding issues.

For specific questions about the content of this workshop, contact her at or 617-686-0052.

Questions? Call or text 617-686-0052 or email



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