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IN-PERSON Pumping & Bottlefeeding for Perinatal Professionals

What is the Pumping & Bottlefeeding Workshop for Perinatal Professionals?

It's a workshop for the helpers.

    • birth doulas, postpartum doulas
    • lactation/breastfeeding counselors and educators
    • others who work with pumping people and bottlefeeding babies

If you work with families having babies, you've probably already heard about different pumps, flanges, bottles and other feeding products. You've undoubtedly also heard different things about pumps and pumping, increasing milk supply, storing and preparing milk, bottlefeeding and even about going back to work.  Which advice is factual? What recommendations have changed over the years? Which products are helpful and which ones might not be so helpful? If you are curious to learn more, this workshop is for you!  And it includes 5.5 L-CERPs!

New for 2024!  This is a 5.5 hour workshop, which includes 5.5 CERPs. Includes 3 months access to the recorded course Fitting Flanges for Pumping Milk, which participants are encouraged to watch before the in-person session (see date below).  During the 5.5 hour in-person workshop, you can ask your questions about flange fitting, you'll learn about pumps and settings, bottles and updated bottlefeeding recommendations, as well as discuss other topics that perinatal professionals want to know so they can help their clients with flange fitting, pumping, and feeding and caring for babies.  We'll have real pumping people and babies come for part of the day, as well, to witness flange fitting and bottlefeeding techniques. As a bonus, we'll also cover some tips for supporting your clients with latching their babies to their bodies, too.

This workshop is led by Jeanette Mesite Frem of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) experienced in doing flange fitting, pumping and bottlefeeding sessions with many milk-making (and non-milk-making) parents as well as using and recommending various feeding and lactation gear.  Jeanette is now well-known in the international lactation community as a dynamic speaker/teacher and supporter of lactation professionals.  She is also the co-investigator for the very first university-funded research study that is looking at using smaller flanges vs. standard flanges, using her Flange FITS™ method.

What Will be Presented and Discussed

  • basics of breast anatomy and hormones and why knowing them is helpful for pumping
  • choosing a pump (or a second one)
  • multi-user, hospital-grade, personal-use and closed-system and what the differences are and why they might, or might not, matter
  • when to pump, how long to pump and figuring out pump settings
  • updated and important information about flange sizes (and inserts) and what you need to know to help do flange fittings with your clients
  • practical pumping tips (and gear) to make pumping more pleasurable and easier
  • passive pumps and milk catchers and wearable pumps
  • making more milk via pumping and considering galactagogues
  • milk storage options (and every registrant gets a human milk storage guidelines magnet mailed to them as a bonus!)
  • defrosting milk and preparing bottles
  • special concerns (pumping and dumping, high lipase, the hindmilk/foremilk debate, the shake/swirl debate, combo feeding with formula and human milk)
  • differences between bottles, bottle nipple shapes and material and flow rates and how to counsel your clients about these
  • how to feed a baby a bottle (and perhaps new-to-you info on positions for bottlefeeding and why many babies don't need to be burped!)
  • using hands as gear: learning more about hand expression and why it's actually an important skill
  • how the law protects pumping time at work
  • fears of supply reduction after going back to work and how to help prevent that from happening
  • mixing pumping and breastfeeding/chestfeeding
  • when a parent should see an IBCLC
  • and any questions YOU have related to your work with clients

You'll also receive access to a Facebook group just for participants in this workshop, so you can post your questions and Jeanette and the others who have taken the workshop can answer for you!  


Can't attend the in-person workshop?  

There is an online (live and interactive) option!

Click here for more information.

DETAILS for the Workshop

Monday, April 15, 2024
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Be Hive Wellness
Vienna, Virginia (Tysons Corner)
This location is just west of Washington, DC
  • a 23 minute drive from DC's Reagan International Airport
  • a 20 minute walk from the Tysons Corner Metro train station
  • a 5 minute rideshare/car ride from the Tysons Corner Metro
Includes 5.5 L-CERPS.  An application for continuing education credits from CAPPA has been submitted.
Coffee/tea will be provided throughout the day and some light afternoon snacks, as well. 

For lunch, feel free to bring your own lunch, or we'll be ordering lunch in advance from a local restaurant (you'll be contacted before the workshop to find out if you want to participate ina  group order).
Feel free to bring your own snacks if you want to ensure there will be something you like. 
Four $160 scholarships will be awarded to perinatal professionals of color
those who work to serve underserved/low-income communities. Please email to share about you and your work to be considered for one of the scholarships.  |Please apply by February 29, so I have time to decide and for the recipients to make travel plans.
Already did this workshop online? Use PPREPEAT for a 20% discount (not to be combined with a scholarship).
Contact with any questions.
Join the workshop to find out the truth about flange fitting, the research behind pumping, and pump history!
Join the workshop to find out the truth about flange fitting, the research behind pumping, and pump history!

A question some will ask:  how is this course different from the IBCLC course?
The key content is the same, but...

  • how it is delivered is different, based on the fact that attendees are not IBCLCs
  • you'll be confident, after this workshop, about when you should involve an IBCLC in your client's care team, in addition to what you can provide for them
  • the IBCLC course gives IBCLCs access to more videos, after the main content, which is also why the price is different.
  • there is some continued content for IBCLCs that is not accessible by perinatal professionals


I've been in the pregnancy, birth and postpartum world for over 20 years. I thought I knew lots about pumping and bottle feeding. But every sentence that Jeanette spoke at the "Pumping & Bottlefeeding for Perinatal Professionals" training was a gold nugget! Flange sizes, angle of bottle, nipple flow, position(s) of baby, flange lubrication, passive pumps, hands free pumps, pumping can be fun and not painful?!?, milk drip collectors, nipple shields, pooping, bottle size, bottle nipples, a reminder to not touch the back of the baby's head, the whistle sound, baby lips, milk ducts aren't "ducts"?!?! and so much more. The information I got in that 1 training session helped me with a client the next day! And will help me with every client (and friend) I have. Thank you, Jeanette! Great class taught by a dynamic, interested, interesting trainer with tons of real, up to date information. Now that I know better, I can do better. Thanks again Jeanette!"  ~ Joyce Kimball, MBA, RN, CPM, homebirth midwife and long-time birth doula and childbirth educator, November 26, 2021

"A class for all levels of professionals to learn more about supporting parents through pumping and bottle feeding. There is an overwhelming amount of gear on the market, and it feels nearly impossible to provide any guidance to families. This class provides practical, hands on learning. You see, touch, put together and take apart all styles and brands. There is no better way to learn this material than hands on. I left with expertise and confidence to make meaningful recommendations to the next family I work with". ~ Cate Johannessen, CLC, RN, Professional Birth Doula

"As a birth doula, it is so important for me to have current experience with any tools that will help my clients after the birth of their babies. Thank you, Jeanette, for sharing your expertise during your Pumping and Feeding Gear Workshop and thank you for inviting the nursing mothers to share their experiences. A great experience and I walked away with excellent information!" ~ Lori Frieling, birth doula

About Your 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 Côte 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 and Jeanette has experience pumping at work for both children and has supported more than a thousand families with breastfeeding, bottlefeeding and pumping over the years. 

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as provide lactation consultations virtually and in her office. She also also enjoys leading workshops for perinatal health professionals and mentoring those who work with families.  

"I have attended many of Jeanette's classes, the first of which was a breastfeeding class for health professionals. I was extremely impressed by her professionalism, humor, approachability, and breadth of knowledge. She is smart and up-to-date on scientific evidence, and she delivers extensive depth of information in a limited amount of time. I felt confident supporting families in feeding their babies after completing her awesome workshop! I highly recommend her classes for health professionals who care about evidence-based support for hungry babies!"  
 ~ Nikki Chamoy, MD, MBA, Certified Childbirth Educator

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