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 work with families of all kinds, 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 services! My 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

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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how to gently night wean your baby, a step-by-step guide
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

How to gently night wean your baby

Thinking about night weaning your baby?  Many older babies still nurse for comfort overnight but may not necessarily still need the calories.  You, on the other hand, may truly be needing the “extra” sleep you’re “losing” when you feed the baby multiple times a night! Research shows that exclusively breastfeeding parents get MORE sleep than

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stress and breastfeeding: how to protect your milk supply
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Stress and Breastfeeding: How to Protect Your Milk Supply

The past year has been incredibly stress-inducing for many people.  When I sit down with my breastfeeding support group families or talk with parents at their home visit, I find that I’m spending much more time discussing stress and anxiety than I used to.  Stress and breastfeeding have become a conversation topic during most of

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low milk supply series pediatricians
breastfeeding research
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

low milk supply series, part 3: pediatricians

Welcome to what will likely be the shortest section of my blog post series on low milk supply, about pediatricians and breastfeeding!  If you’d like to follow along in order, please start at part 1: research and then continue to part 2: breastfeeding data before starting on this post. Pediatricians and Breastfeeding: what do they

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low milk supply series part 2
breastfeeding research
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

low milk supply series, part 2: breastfeeding data

I spent two years writing my Masters thesis on low milk supply, and now I’m translating that thesis into a series of blog posts.  If you’d like to follow along in order, please start at low milk supply series, part 1: research. Note:  If you’re not big into survey data, your eyes may glaze over

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low milk supply breastfeeding research
Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

low milk supply series, part 1: research

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I did my Masters degree on U.S. mothers and low milk supply.  When I started my research I thought there must be studies out there that would show exactly how many families deal with low supply. I expected to unearth some sort of perfect algorithm.  My ultimate goal was

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