Hi, I'm Rachel!
I want to help you solve your baby's feeding problems.
Listen… breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t make it easy. Your baby is new to this, and you may be too. You need a kind, compassionate, real-life, guilt free infant feeding expert to help you navigate all the ins and outs so you can meet your breastfeeding and infant feeding goals. That’s where I come in.
I know firsthand how difficult it is to suffer through breastfeeding problems; while nursing my three children I dealt with their lip ties, and mastitis, and painful latches. I also worked full-time and pumped for my kids despite hour long commutes, unsupportive bosses, bottle refusal, breast refusal, and milk supply concerns. Those struggles drove me to my love of lactation and helping nursing families, because nobody should have to go through what I went through.
I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Wayland, MA who also holds a master’s degree in human lactation. I’m Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) and I firmly believe that your sanity and wellbeing come first in any feeding plan we create. You can come see me in my sunny, comfortable office in Wayland or we can meet virtually.
My areas of lactation knowledge include (but aren't limited to):
- latching issues, nipple pain, bleeding and/or cracked nipples
- assessing for tongue tie and lip tie symptoms and providing families with referrals to local professionals who provide frenotomy services
- low milk supply and increasing supply after illness
- oversupply, plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush
- exclusive pumping, pumping issues and return-to-work planning/troubleshooting
- Bottle feeding problems, bottle aversion, and bottle refusal (yes, for formula feeding families too!)
- weaning from the nipple shield (and fixing the issues that led to nipple shield use in the first place)
- straight, lesbian, gay, queer, poly, and trans families– LGBTQ+ friendly & experienced
- adoptive breastfeeding and chestfeeding
- re-lactation and induced lactation
- nursing after breast reduction or augmentation
- safe sleep and safe co-sleeping practices
- medications and procedures that may affect lactation