In previous posts, I shared my favorite resources for childbirth education and complimentary health practitioners in Boston. In this post, you can find all my favorite lactation consultants and breastfeeding support groups (both online and in-person) around Boston, MetroWest and the South and North Shores!
For reference, please note that the credential “IBCLC” used throughout this blog post refers to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, which is considered the most rigorous standard of breastfeeding education in the world.
Private lactation consultants serving Greater Boston & Eastern MA
Kira Kim, IBCLC, North Shore Birth Services
Kira of North Shore Birth Services is an IBCLC with a clinical interest in how fetal positioning during pregnancy and birth impacts the baby’s ability to breastfeed effectively. She has done extensive research and training in oral restrictions, facial and cervical spine anatomy and orofacial myofunctional disorders. When necessary Kira refers to a small, selected group of pediatric dentists, MDs who specialize in breastfeeding medicine, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists and endocrinologists. Kira’s approach to breastfeeding support is informed by her experience as a birthworker and reproductive justice advocate.
Northeast Moms & Babies
Northeast Moms & Babies was founded by former L&D nurses Kim Byda and Katie Brown, who had a desire to fill a void in the support for breastfeeding families. Their primary service is lactation support for expecting and new families, and their services are 100% reimbursed by most insurances. In addition to prenatal and postpartum lactation consultations, Northeast Moms & Babies also offers sleep consultations, newborn care classes and infant first aid & CPR classes. Based in Norfolk, Northeast Moms & Babies is located between MetroWest and the South Shore but services all of Greater Boston.
Rachel O’Brien, IBCLC
Rachel O’Brien, IBCLC provides in-home prenatal and postpartum lactation counseling, as well as online support groups for folks in the thick of breastfeeding life. She is a beloved lactation resource, and you can immediately see why, upon visiting her website: one of her first “DON’T DO” tips for families expecting an in-home consult with her is, “don’t clean your house. Really. I don’t care. 95% of the time one of my tips will be to let go of household chores and spend more time skin-to-skin with your baby anyway.” Rachel is well-known for being an inclusive, LGBTQ-friendly provider, who is knowledegable about chestfeeding, induced lactation and other topics that are relevant to LGBTQ families. Rachel is based in Sudbury, MA (MetroWest) and is in-network with Aetna and Unicare.
Lactation Home Visits
Comprised of numerous IBCLCs located in Boston, MetroWest, Worcester, the South and North Shores and even the Cape, Lactation Home Visits is a collective of traveling lactation consultants who come to you. They specialize in in-home breastfeeding guidance, before and after your baby arrives. Services include a review of your situation, a complete evaluation of mother and baby including pre-and-post-feeding weight checks for your baby with a scale, and a strategy to resolve any problems. You will receive a written review of your visit and follow up phone and email support.
Julie Brill, IBCLC, WellPregnancy
Based in Bedford, Julie Brill of WellPregnancy is, among other things, an IBCLC offering in-home breastfeeding support. Lactation consults with Julie generally last 2 to 2.5 hours and include an observation of a nursing session, a thorough review of mother and baby’s health history, an oral exam of your baby, and a weighted feed (weighing your baby before and after to see how much he or she drank at that feed). Julie will leave an individualized, written care plan for you as well as your baby. In keeping with her other credentials as a doula, childbirth educator and former midwifery student, Julie takes a holistic approach to breastfeeding.
In-person Boston-area breastfeeding support
Boston Breastfeeding Coalition
The Boston Breastfeeding Coalition maintains an incredible calendar of every FREE, drop-in breastfeeding support group in the Greater Boston area, which you can find here.
Nursing Mothers’ Council
The Nursing Mothers’ Council is a Boston-based organization offering free breastfeeding support. There are chapters that hold in-person gatherings all over Massachusetts. In addition, accredited volunteer breastfeeding counselors who have completed a rigorous training program are available to offer phone, text and email support. Learn more here.
LaLeche League of Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Vermont
The international, non-sectarian nonprofit La Leche League helps families to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-t0-parent support, information, and education. Local La Leche League groups provide support through monthly meetings and one-on-one counseling. La Leche League Leaders are volunteers who have personal breastfeeding experience with their own children and who have been accredited by La Leche League International. Find your local chapter here.
Boston NAPS offers free, drop-in support groups in Charlestown and South Boston for families that are breastfeeding, pumping and bottle feeding. They have a scale available for pre- and post-feed weight checks. Learn more and register here.