Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

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

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- 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) and virtually.  Learn more about my visits here.

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 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

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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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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