Lactation Counseling Drop-In Group
The early days of breastfeeding are often full of challenges and questions. Our Lactation Counseling Drop-in Group provides a safe, comfortable, nurturing place for new mothers to receive information and hands-on support with their individual breastfeeding needs.
Led by a Certified Lactation Counselor, this group is designed for mothers and their babies as an alternative to private lactation consulting. New mothers will received personalized guidance about improving their baby's latch and will have the opportunity to experiment with different nursing positions. In addition, the group leader will answer new mothers' questions about issues such as milk supply, pumping and milk storage, and feeding patterns. If mothers are experiencing challenges that require more extensive assistance, the group leader may refer them to individual lactation consulting for further guidance.
Winter Meetings: Weekly, Ongoing, Drop-In
Thursdays | 2:00-3:00pm | Weekly Ongoing Drop-In Group | Drop-In Cost: $10
Meet the Lactation Counselor: Ananda
Ananda Lowe has been a leader in the national doula movement since 1995. She is co-author of The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know (Bantam Books), as well as a Lamaze-trained childbirth educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, and former Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in pregnancy. She works as a breastfeeding counselor at Boston Medical Center and privately in homes. Ananda has written about birth and breastfeeding for the Web site of National Public Radio, and the Web site devoted to the legacy of Dr. Spock. After many years of supporting families, she recently became a new mother.
Meet the Lactation Counselor: Cate
Cate Johannessen has had a busy practice as a birth doula since 2008, when her Sister-in-law asked for her support. Being present for the birth of her nephew was a life changing event, which inspired Cate to change careers. She keeps herself busy working as a birth and postpartum doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and recently became a Registered Nurse with future plans to become a nurse midwife. She believes that birth is a natural, normal, and sacred process, which she trusts deeply. She is passionate about her work and believes in the power of information and knowledge providing the foundation for an empowering birth experience. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, two cats and a new dog.
Meet the Lactation Counselor: Meghan
Meghan began her career with pregnant women and young families as a nutritionist in 2006 with the WIC Program. Inspired by her work with mothers, Meghan became an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in 2009. Meghan is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and is in the process of furthering her education through BACE's rigorous Childbirth Education program. After the birth of her own child, she has a new appreciation for all things pregnancy-birth-and breastfeeding-related! She looks forward to joining new parents on their journey to parenthood.