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Pumping & Bottlefeeding for Perinatal Professionals

What is the Pumping & Bottlefeeding Workshop for Perinatal Professionals?
It's a workshop for birth and postpartum doulas, breastfeeding counselors, physicians, nurses, midwives, educators, nannies, daycare providers and others who work with pumping parents and babies.

If you are expecting a baby, already have a baby or 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 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?

If you are curious to learn more, this workshop is for you!  

This is a 2-hour+ live, interactive, online workshop 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.

Note: there is a special workshop just for IBCLCs, so if you are an IBCLC or know one you want to pass this information onto, click here for more information!

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)
  • when to pump, how long to pump and what the buttons do
  • flange sizes and what you need to know
  • practical pumping tips (and gear) to make pumping more pleasurable and easier
  • making more milk (the basics and when professional help should be called in)
  • milk storage options (and every registrant gets a human milk storage guidelines magnet mailed to them as a bonus!)
  • defrosting milk
  • 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
  • how to feed a baby a bottle (and what about burping? how much milk? bags? bottles? frozen?)
  • easy ways to fit pumping into your day (at home and when working)
  • 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 prevent that from happening
  • mixing pumping and breastfeeding/chestfeeding
  • and any questions YOU have

Key Details


via the Zoom platform, but LIVE and interactive! PLEASE plan to ask questions, make comments and even adding some funny comments jokes is welcome!

$55 per person
Limited to 15 participants per session, minimum of 5 registrants to run workshop.Babies in arms welcome.
By the way, if you would like a certificate of attendance to use to apply to your certifying organization for CEUs, just ask after the workshop!

The class is scheduled for 2 hours and 15 minutes, but please be a little flexible with the end time. :)  

PLEASE NOTE the TIME ZONE...the course time is in Eastern time in the US (Boston/New York time).

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm - 8:45pm 

Wednesday, February 2, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Thursday, April 28, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Sign me up!   

There is a 20% discount for BIPOC health professionals, use the code BIPOC at checkout.  



Plan to be on camera during the class (except for a few moments when you need to step away for the restroom, snack, care for a child or a pet).  This is NOT intended to be something you just listen to while your video is off.  It's intended to be interactive so you can get any questions answered, share knowledge you already have and get to know other participants a little bit, too! Thank you for understanding.  

Contact with questions.


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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