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Pumping and Feeding Gear...a workshop for IBCLCs

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 them?"

"what IS the best bottle for THIS baby?" there's an ONLINE workshop that will explore various breastpumps & help you build confidence to better support you in your practice as an IBCLC and help you help your clients in choosing and using pumping and feeding gear.

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. 

We 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, why you might lean toward one or another (or not).  And let's talk about how to talk about them with our clients!

What is the Pumping & Feeding Gear Workshop?

This workshop provides IBCLCs with 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 workshop could possibly have every product on the market, this workshop WILL have MANY for you to see and many will be demonstrated.  And, as it's a workshop format, participants will be encouraged to share what they know and have experienced in their work with families related to pumping and feeding gear.

This is usually a two-part, 4-hour online workshop (occasionally 4-hour, 1-part workshop) led by Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and experienced childbirth educator.  Jeanette is experienced in doing flange fitting and pumping sessions with many milk-making parents as well as doing bottle consultations.  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?

  • the many different types of pumps, brands, new, old, suction strength, speeds...
  • there'll be 35 electric pumps available either to ask about/see during the workshop or videos in the online library (your access is included with the class). 
  • there'll be several different manual pumps to be commented on, several different passive pumps, many milk catchers and more gadgets!
  • pump settings--what works best?
  • 20+ different types and sizes of flanges (also known as pump breast shields)
  • how to do a flange fitting with a client
  • different types and sizes of nipple shields, nipple everters, tube feeders, supplemental nursing systems and more
  • 47 different bottles and nipples and why some might be preferred by feeding professionals over others--let's talk about bottle shape, nipple shape, nipple material and flow rates
  • your workshop facilitator will touch the gear and demonstrate much of it for you (close to the camera so you can really see it!)
  • see videos of real parents pumping and using various gear
  • using hands as gear: learning more about using different types of props to demonstrate hand expression and breast massage
  • what gear you can consider having with you during your consultations, where to get it and how to pay for it
  • how you can support families with updated information on pumping and using various gear on the market today
    • access to Monthly Calls, where we delve into topics more in-depth or learn about new products on the market
    • access to a private Facebook group just for workshop attendees to discuss pumping and feeding gear in the future as issues with your clients come up and as new products come out
    • access to many additional videos and resources

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

"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." 

"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


online, live and interactive, via Zoom

$95 per person
Limited to 15 participants per workshop, minimum of 8 registrants to run workshop.  
NOTE that due to all the additional videos and resources that are included for workshop participants after the workshop (and the new ones that will be added), the price of the workshop will increase significantly in March, so sign up now to lock in the lower price!

4 L-CERPs were approved by IBLCE. Verification #C2002409 (valid until 3/25/2022; a new application to be submitted for after that date). Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance after attendance.

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.

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NOTE that this is a workshop scheduled with the EASTERN TIME ZONE (Boston/New York Time). Sign up for ONE of the following two-session workshops:

Two Mondays, February 7 & 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time/New York/Boston Time)

Two Thursdays, February 17 & 24, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (New York/Boston Time)

Two Tuesdays, March 8 & 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (New York/Boston Time)

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Thursdays, March 24 & 31, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (New York/Boston Time)

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Mondays, April 4 & 11, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (New York/Boston Time)

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FUTURE DATES (subject to change, but click on the date to register, you'll be consulted if the date needs to be changed; and again, all dates Eastern US Time/Boston/New York Time)
Thursdays, April 21 & 28, 8-10pm

Mondays, June 6 & 13, 11am-1pm
Thursdays, June 16 & 23, 6-8pm
Tuesdays, July 12 & 19, 10am-12pm

NOTE: if the dates above work don't work for your schedule, please email to be put on a waiting list and notified when new dates are added.  Also be sure to include your location and whether you prefer weekday, weekend, morning, afternoon or evening (Eastern Time/Boston/NY Time).  International attendees are welcome!



Is this recorded? No, this is not a recorded course. If you're interested  but cannot make a live, interactive workshop via Zoom work for your schedule and prefer something pre-recorded (see the link on the left to join the waiting list for the self-paced online course).

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

How do I figure out what time this workshop starts in my time zone? There are many websites where you can do this, click here for one option.

What if I have to miss a session? If you miss the first session and let us know beforehand, you registration can be moved to a future session. If you miss the second session, you are welcome to attend the second session of a future workshop.

I'm not in the US and pumping isn't as popular here, 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."

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.

I think the format, setting & content was perfect. I would strongly recommend any professional who supports families in their breast feeding journey should take this class. I would take this course yearly just to stay up to date.

Jeannette is an excellent instructor who puts you at ease & encourages discussion. She is quite knowledgeable & shares the information in a multi-faceted manner to address all different learners.

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

I have had the pleasure of attending 2 different workshops that Jeanette Mesite-Frem has conducted and was extremely happy with both trainings. After each course, I have felt enthusiastic about helping families who are breastfeeding & empowered in my ability to use the knowledge learnt. I would highly recommend anyone who is in the Maternal Health or Pediatric field to participate in one of her trainings.

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

An excellent hands on workshop for any professional that supports infant feeding - breastfeeding, chestfeeding, bottle feeding. A great assortment of pumping and feeding gear with the opportunity to touch and try. Thank you!

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