Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Breastfeeding is sometimes hard, but it doesn't have to be.
I can help you! No guilt, no judgement.

Hi, I'm Rachel!

As a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, I meet you where you are (literally- I come to your house!) and provide you with the lactation and breastfeeding support and tools you need.  Whether you are expecting a baby or having trouble nursing, pumping, or weaning, I can help- after all, breastfeeding only works if it’s working for both parent and baby.

I’ve worked with over 1,000 families in MetroWest Massachusetts, and I can help your family, too.

I offer a range of lactation services in your home (in and around Sudbury, MA including Framingham, Natick, Marlborough and Waltham) as well as phone, email and text follow-up and reports to your health care provider about your visit.  At the end of the visit I’ll give you a 48 hour care plan to follow and a combined superbill/receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

insurance reimbursement for lactation consultant

I am in network with Aetna and Unicare, and MOST other health insurance companies in Massachusetts reimburse families for lactation consultant home visits! My IBCLC visits are also an HSA/FSA eligible expense.

My clients call me for help with lots of breastfeeding problems, like...

painful breastfeeding and bad latch

We'll work on a deep latch that should end (or greatly reduce) your breastfeeding pain and minimize nipple damage.
See my services

tongue tie and/or lip tie

We'll assess for symptoms of ties and how they can be managed OR treated by a skilled local provider.
tongue ties and lip ties

low milk supply or insufficient milk supply

We'll investigate the hormonal, physical, and environmental causes of low supply, then maximize your milk production.
about low milk supply

oversupply or overactive letdown (OALD)

We'll assess your milk supply, ease discomfort, and work to regulate your milk production.
see my services

gassy, fussy babies

Usually this ISN'T related to the foods you're eating! We'll identify the causes of the problem- and we'll find the solution.
see my services

pumping milk or returning to work

We'll maximize your pump output, make a plan for pumping that fits into your day, and calculate how much milk baby needs.
more about pumping

prenatal and preadoption consults

We'll review your history and you'll learn what to expect (or for adoptive parents, how to induce lactation).
see my services

weaning (and lots more!)

We'll develop a plan to wean at the speed that works best for you and your situation.
see my services

Rachel's recent blog posts

baby feeling left out of the PSL love? You too can make a pumpkin spice breastmilk latte that your baby will love!
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

how to make a pumpkin spice breastmilk latte

It’s been 15 years since Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte, and for better to for worse, Americans are generally obsessed with the flavor- either you love it or you passionately avoid it.  We’ve even started to produce foods and products that have absolutely no business being “pumpkin spiced.”   For example, would you like

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newly born baby laying on mom's chest; title says "8 truths you need to know before your baby is born"
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

8 truths you need to know BEFORE your baby is born

We, as a society, do a craptastic job of preparing families for baby’s first couple weeks of life. The families I see are often overwhelmed and confused.  We make you focus on all the gear and accessories and stuff before your baby is born… when what we really need to do is talk about the

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IBCLC health insurance
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Why most private practice IBCLCs don’t take insurance

If you’ve done any research into pregnancy or breastfeeding in the United States in the past few years, it’s likely you’re aware that the Affordable Care Act expanded preventative health care services to include breastfeeding support- as of August 1, 2012, health plans in the United States were generally required to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and

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