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

If you work with families having babies, you've heard about different pumps, flanges, 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 4-hour workshop led by Jeanette Mesite Frem of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) experienced in doing flange 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 6 different manual pumps
  • 20+ different types and sizes of flanges (also known as pump breast shields)
  • different types and sizes of nipple shields, nipple everters, tube feeders, supplemental nursing systems and more
  • over 20 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.
  • using hands as gear: learning more about hand expression and how to teach it
  • share your experiences 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 flanges (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? When is best to introduce a bottle and what can you suggest if there's bottle refusal.


Fee & Schedule



Babies in Common, 6 Maple Street, Northborough, MA 

(inside Northboro Chiropractic Center)



Saturday, January 11, 2020  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (feel free to stay afterward for networking with others and even consider staying for the Birth Circle that starts at 6:30!)


Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 pm  (feel free to stay afterward for networking with others and even consider staying for the Birth Circle that starts at 6:30!)




$135 per person

Limited to 12 participants per session, minimum of 6 registrants to run workshop.

Includes hot and cold refreshments and some light snacks. 

Babies in arms welcome.


Continuing Education

3 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE IBLCE Verification Number C1991271.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration 

in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.5 contact hours.

 (or contact jeanette@babiesincommon.com with questions).


About the Instructor


Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, SBCPE 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.

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