skip to main content

Pumping and Feeding Gear for IBCLCs (on-demand)

"It's not often I take a course that completely changes something about my practice.  This was one of them.  Mind. Blown.  Everything I thought I knew about flange sizing was wrong.  I was able to take the information from this course and immediately use it to benefit my clients, and I am so grateful.  I want to shout from the rooftops that every IBCLC encountering a pumping mom should be taking this course, so we can help moms get MORE MILK comfortably.  The video resources were amazing, and the additional coverage of various gear and equipment was great."  ~ Jeanne Pichoff LOTR, IBCLC

"I just took Jeanette’s Pumping and Feeding Gear Workshop for IBCLCs and highly recommended it! It is one of the few courses (and I’ve taken a lot) where I was able to immediately use what I learned and it had a positive impact on my clients. I learned so many useful tips about flange fit, bottle types and pumps. If you haven’t taken this course yet, I highly recommend it."  ~ Tamar Winter, IBCLC

If you are an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, of course you've seen (and heard about) about different bottles, 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.  You may have also heard about the "new" concept in "going smaller" with flanges--this course will thoroughly discuss this and why this is and how to do effective and thorough flange fitting sessions with your clients, including videos of real parents pumping!

We all support families best in making choices when we are confident about how the items on the market work (or don't work as well as others).  Let's talk about what products are out there, how to use them and why you might lean toward one or another (or not).  And let's talk about how to talk about them with our clients!

We've all been there...

"what is this new contraption?"     
"how exactly does this pump work?"    
"how can I be sure this is the right size flange for this parent?"  
"what IS the best bottle for THIS baby?"  
"what do we do about elastic nipples"  
"do we go for a bigger flange or smaller?"

Enjoy a self-paced course that will explore various breast pumps, flange sizes/shapes/materials, bottles and other feeding-related gear that every IBCLC needs to know about in their practice, whether hospital, clinic or private practice.

Explore new ideas about flange sizes, different materials of flanges and flange inserts (which aren't as simple and effective as they may seem).  You'll learn why and how to do an effective flange fitting consultation, you'll see the passive pumps and milk-catchers, the new pumps on the market (including wearables).  You'll see the differences between bottles (hint: it's NOT just about the shape of the nipple and the flow rate).  You'll also gain access to videos, resources and a community of colleagues so you can really delve into these topics and keep learning.  Additional videos will be added occasionally as practices change and new products come onto the global market.

What is the Pumping & Feeding Gear Course?

This course provides IBCLCs with the information, tools and techniques they want to have so they can provide practical support to families who are pumping and/or feeding infants.  While no course could possibly have every product on the market--your instructor prides herself on having MOST of the pumps and feeding-related products on the market--this course WILL show participants MANY for you to see and many will be demonstrated.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share what they know and have experienced in their work with families related to pumping and feeding gear with the instructor and the others in the course on the course platform.

This is a pre-recorded workshop whose main content is about 4 hours (plus an additional 6+ hours of pre-recorded video content and other written resources), led by Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and experienced childbirth educator.  Jeanette does flange fittings and pumping sessions with most of her clients as well as many bottlefeeding sessions and consultations about bottle challenges.  She's collected and used many pumps, bottles and other gear in her practice and is is experienced with virtual consultations and using props for teaching parents and will utilize those skills during this online workshop.  

What will be presented and discussed?

  • passive pumps, milk catchers and other breast care products that may help pumping parents
  • breast care products our clients may be using
  • the many different types of pumps, brands, new, old, suction strength, speeds...
  • she has 35+ different types and sizes of flanges (also known as pump breast shields) that we can discuss and you'll see some demonstrated
  • why the traditional recommendations for flange fittings are no longer what many us recommend for our clients (and the history of why those "old" recommendations were even created)
  • how to do an effective flange fitting with a client (including videos of real parents pumping and Jeanette doing flange fitting sessions with them)
  • she has 47 electric pumps and several manual pumps...Jeanette will discuss/demonstrate those and several of the most interesting options
  • pump settings--what works best?
  • she has more than 60 different bottles and nipples and the discussion will include why some might be preferred by feeding professionals over others--what about bottle shape, nipple shape, nipple material and flow rates?  Lots of demonstration will happen.
  • Other topics/products included: the history of pumps and flanges; measurement tools for flange fittings (although are they really needed?); flange fittings, in-depth (including wearable pumps); different types and sizes of nipple shields; nipple everters; alternative feeding tools; including cup options; pacifiers; pumping bras; milk storage options, and a few additional bonuses
  • Jeanette will touch the gear and demonstrate much of it for you (close to the camera so you can really see it!)
  • what gear you can consider purchasing (or having your hospital/office purchase), where to get it and how to pay for it


    • an invitation to join an active private Facebook group just for course attendees to discuss pumping and feeding gear in the future as issues with your clients come up and as new products come out
    • you’ll be invited to view past PFG Monthly Calls, which are recorded, hour-long, interactive conversations sessions (via video conference) where workshop participants delved into topics and new products on the market are demonstrated/discussed.
    • you'll be invited to join occasional PFG events via Zoom where we can get to know each other better and talk about how things are going in our work related to pumping...enjoy your water, coffee or other preferred beverage in your pajamas!

Who should join this workshop?

  • new IBCLCs
  • experienced IBCLCs who haven't used pumps and various bottles in their practice yet
  • experienced IBCLCs who want to build their confidence in doing pump flange fittings and helping families with bottles and other gear


Now, start it now...

Wherever you have internet access (although the content may not be suitable for your local coffee shop or public library, given the nipples (gasp!) included. 

This is a pre-recorded course, so follow at your own pace.

$225 per person     

Click here to register

4 L-CERPs have been granted by IBLCE for this course. An additional 6 CERPs are available, more information on that after you join the course.

International attendees are welcome!

PRICING for Class B, C & D Countries Available!!
For significant discounts for lower-income countries, enter discount codes CLASSB (50% off), CLASSC (70% off) or CLASSD (80% off) at checkout to receive the discount. To determine which discount applies to your country, see the World Bank Economy lists here.

Contact with questions.


Can I take screenshots or record the class myself?  Absolutely not.  This is expressly prohibited. 

I'm not in the US and pumping isn't as popular where I live, so is this workshop still worth my time?  Yes, here's what a Canadian IBCLC said in response to that question: "As a Canadian IBCLC I found the course super helpful! How I was trained 12+ years ago in pump fitting and the different types of pumps, & products on the market now has increased considerably. This course changed my practice overnight. Even though we don’t have nearly the buffet of pumps to choose from, I see many parents still getting pumps through family/friends in the States and as an IBCLC we need to be aware of these pumps, the pros & cons, as well as the need for much smaller pump flanges! The course also covers bottles, milk collectors and do much more than if very applicable to us in Canada as well. Highly recommend this course."

Wish you could attend this workshop in-person?  That might be possible! 

Click here for more information.

"Hands down Jeanette is a knowledgeable and inspiring educator who holds your attention during the 2-part Pumping & Feeding Gear workshop for IBCLCs. In this interactive and inclusive workshop, Jeanette shares current information coupled with a vast array of feeding and education related products, which makes this comprehensive workshop a must for both new and seasoned IBCLCs. ~ Roza Baghdassarian, IBCLC

"I really enjoyed Jeanette's workshop! I have been asking and waiting for a workshop like this for so many years, but no one would offer it. This 4 hour-workshop is so full of up-to-date information, with all kinds of new lactation tools on the market, including the most popular and the least favorite ones too. Jeanette's extensive experience with research and her clients, has helped create a wonderful database of knowledge in this field. I would highly recommend and actually encourage this workshop to anyone that works with the lactation dyad. I will definitely attend her workshop again, to keep up with any updates, in the future. You will be amazed, you will learn a lot, and you will have so much fun, too! - Milli S., IBCLC"

Other comments from workshop participants:
"I enjoyed your lightheartedness during the class. You are fun to watch and listen to." 
"Thank you SO MUCH for the workshop! It was really helpful in understanding all the products and accessories on the market." 
"Thank you for a great class. I am a newly practicing IBCLC and just starting to get my head around flange sizing." 
"I loved your class! I’m a veteran IBCLC and I still found multiple techniques and ideas you provided really helpful...Thanks for taking the time to create such a class. A class I didn't even realize I actually needed. But found incredibly beneficial." 

For other lactation supporters...

If you are a CLC/CBS/CLE/CBS or other lactation helper, you are an important member of the lactation community and you can absolutely increase your knowledge and skills in flange fitting, pumping and bottlefeeding!  However, those who are not IBCLCs are welcome to register for the Pumping & Bottlefeeding for Perinatal Professionals Workshop, which covers much of the same content related to pumps, flanges and helping your clients with flange fittings and bottles and bottlefeeding. 

About Your Workshop Facilitator

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, SBCPE, CD 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, chestfeeding, pumping, bottlefeeding, cupfeeding, tubefeeding, etc. over the years. 

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as providing virtual feeding consultations as well as in her office. She also enjoys leading workshops for perinatal health professionals and mentoring those who work with families.  If you have questions, feel free to email

Testimonials from Participants in the In-person Version of This Workshop

I thought having parents pump for us to watch & learn from was an excellent tool! Having the parent use different flanges was quite impressive & helped demonstrate how using the correct size can make a big difference to expressed breast milk yield.

I thought everything was phenomenal! I learned so many new things including the differences in type of bottles & pacifiers parent of breast feeding babies should use, if desired. The use of visual aids (actual bottles/nipples/syringes/pumps etc) was awesome.

There are WAY too many tools out there and this must be so overwhelming for parents. It's helpful to know the pros and cons of various options to help our clients.

memberships and training

Don't miss any updates or news from Babies in Common,
opt-in to the Babies in Common mailing list
Don't worry, we don't send too many emails, we promise.
And we'll never share your email with anyone!