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

momsense breastfeeding meter review
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Should you buy a Momsense breastfeeding meter?

I tend to stay away from controversial topics on my blog, but in real life, I’m not great at keeping my mouth shut. There have been a slew of new products aimed at breastfeeding parents in the past couple of years- changing pads that weigh your baby, breast milk test strips, a Measure My Milk

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IBCLC
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Getting your IBCLC visit covered by insurance: an update

In a blog post earlier this year, I discussed the obnoxious loophole that allows health insurance companies in the United States to claim that they cover breastfeeding support and supplies as per the Affordable Care Act, even though they won’t allow IBCLCs to be in-network providers (and often will refuse to reimburse families for their

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breastfeeding letdown let-down
Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

What does a let-down feel like?

I spent hours and hours this week searching for a term in another language- a term for a feeling that sometimes occurs when you’re breastfeeding a child or pumping milk.  A feeling that, itself, doesn’t have a term in English. Can I explain it in English?  Let’s give it a shot. Breasts don’t sit around

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breastfeeding isn't easy
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Breastfeeding is normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Over the past few decades, the language we use to promote breastfeeding has changed.  We used to say “breast is best”- but that implied that formula feeding was either worst or almost the best.  So we switched to saying “breastfeeding is natural”… and of course, breastfeeding IS often natural.  But not always.  Never mind the

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IBCLC visit
IBCLC
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

How to get reimbursed for a IBCLC home visit

How to get reimbursed for an IBCLC home visit by your health insurance company As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Affordable Care Act of 2012 requires most health insurance companies to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling” in conjunction with each birth.  This means that most insurance companies should cover a home visit from

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