Lactation Counseling

I hold the Certified Lactation Counselor® designation from The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP). ALPP is a non-profit organization that provides a national certification program in breastfeeding and human lactation for nurses, physicians, dietitians, WIC personnel, peer counselors, independent lactation counselors and others.

I have completed over 300 hours (L-CERPs) of training and education approved by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) in the field of breastfeeding counseling. I have well over 300 additional hours of direct client care experience as a lactation counselor and doula.

Breastfeeding counseling:

  • Discuss the benefits of breastfeeding your baby
  • Provide evidence-based information about the science of lactation and how moms produce milk
  • Help with newborn nursing latch troubles and nipple pain
  • Observe and discuss baby’s diapers, set expectations for what is normal
  • Talk about the hormones of breastfeeding and how they may make you feel
  • Show you how to hand-express milk
  • Help manage expectations about how long and how frequently your baby might want to feed
  • Explain why baby might lose weight before he gains
  • Help with strategies for moving that blocked duct, or getting relief when you’re engorged
  • Give proactive tips about self-care to avoid common breastfeeding issues
  • Know when it’s time to call the doctor or an IBCLC for clinical help
  • Teach you how to assemble and use your pump
  • Teach you and your partner paced bottle-feeding
  • Help you plan for your return to work, or your date night
  • Offer resources on laws that protect you and your right to breastfeed

How to Ask Me for Help

  • I love to make home visits, and I book two-hour appointments, so we have plenty of time to work through your unique story and your baby’s natural cycles. One two-hour home visit is $75, payable by check, card, or cash. Currently, I’m also doing a virtual version for $45 on Skype.
  • If you know you’d like more support, you can book four consecutive weekly home visits for a total of $200. Payment is due in advance for this plan.
  • I love workshops! Workshops are for prenatal moms and a partner or support person. I love to do the prenatal workshop in a group setting or privately, and virtual workshops are available now as well.
  • For more information, reach me at 917-331-9643 or emily@mymamabody.com

I understand that not everything is intuitive for new mamas. I have lots of strategies for common breastfeeding questions and concerns, as well as access to some fantastic scientific evidence-based resources that I love to share!

If you are experiencing fever, acute pain, or a medical emergency, please contact your physician or medical care provider right away! I can not diagnose or prescribe.