Breastfeeding is sometimes hard, but it doesn't have to be.
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breastfeeding help in Massachusetts by Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC
Hi, I'm Rachel!

As a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, I meet you where you are (literally- we meet virtually or on my office in Sudbury, MA) and provide you with the lactation, breastfeeding, formula feeding, and/or chest feeding support and tools you need.  Whether you are expecting a baby or having trouble nursing, pumping, bottle feeding, 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 person in MetroWest Massachusetts, and virtually across the country (27 states and counting!) and I can help your family, too.

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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 services! My IBCLC visits are also an HSA/FSA eligible expense.

My clients call me for help with lots of baby feeding 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.
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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).
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weaning (and lots more!)

We'll develop a plan to wean at the speed that works best for you and your situation.
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Rachel's recent blog posts

blog header stating why sleep training and breastfeeding don't mix
Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Why sleep training and breastfeeding don’t mix (and what to do instead)

I know many of you are bombarded by Facebook ads for different baby sleep “programs”, or your friends gave you sleep books before your baby was born, or your boss or co-worker swears by a certain method. Sleep is a big deal. I get it, I really do. Before I was a lactation consultant I worked full-time while all 3 of my kids were breastfeeding. My commute was 1 hour each way, I was exhausted, I know how much your baby’s sleep can make or break your day. I have been there. I do not blame ANY parent for needing or wanting more sleep, ever.

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Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

how to start pumping and build a milk stash while breastfeeding

Every single day (not an exaggeration) parents ask me about pumping.  They want to know how to start pumping, how to schedule pumping for the best results, if they should be pumping every day once baby gets home from the hospital… the works. In the United States over 85% of breastfeeders have pumped their milk

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nipple shield
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

my ten step process for weaning from the nipple shield

Originally posted 2/1/2016;  updated 7/12/2020   I have a theory about nipple shield distribution, and it’s based on the large number of families I see who are struggling to ditch the shield. I always ask how the family got the shield in the first place, and the story is usually the same: the nipple shield

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