120 minutes in your home
When you’re learning how to breastfeed your baby, there’s nothing like having someone there to give you support, encouragement, and guidance.
Each visit includes a health history of you and your baby, observation of a feeding (which may include weighing your baby before and after a feeding), assistance with positioning and help with any issues you and your baby are encountering.
My approach is warm and laid back, and I always bring my recommendations back to your goals and personal needs.
labor of love packages
Full & half day Lactation consultation
Spend the day with me and establish a rhythm with breastfeeding. You’l have time to practice what you’re learning about breastfeeding technique, and I’ll be there in person in case something new comes up or you feel like things might be taking a turn for the worse again. In addition to breastfeeding help, you’ll have me there to get you through the day. I’ll make sure you get a good meal by preparing it myself for you in your own kitchen (and I’ll clean up after), I’ll help you remember to drink enough water, hold your baby so you can get a shower and attend to your own personal needs, perform necessary tasks around your house, and even make calls for you. With me here to take care of you, you’ll be able to rest, enjoy your baby, and learn to breastfeed.
Sore nipples and/or breast pain
Fussy babies at breast
Milk supply issues
Thrush, clogged ducts, mastitis
Going back to work
Pre and post natal issues
Mom’s mental and emotional health
Products, supplies and resources
I always provide non-judgmental counseling, meeting you wherever you are.
I will work with you and your goals and your vision of the kind of parent you want to be.
I believe in you.
a lifelong passion for people and their health
Ever since I was a young child, I’ve been interested in people and their health. Not just physically, but emotionally, socially, mentally, and spiritually as well. Growing up in the small town of Redwood City in the Bay Area I wanted to be a pediatrician.
In college at San Francisco State University I decided to major in health education and minor in holistic health. It was here where I discovered authors like Christiane Northrup and Deepak Chopra and read everything I could about babies and midwifery, especially Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. I also certified as a massage therapist with a busy practice, and pursued my growing interest in metaphysics. I did astrology charts for all my friends and family—and was the first in my family to graduate from college with my Bachelor’s of Science.
After college I ended up moving to Mexico to study Spanish. It worked! I lived there for three years and am fluent in the second language I love.
my own breastfeeding journey
My love for breastfeeding began with the birth of my first child. I hoped to be able to breastfeed, since my mother wasn’t able to breastfeed me. I had planned a home birth and hoped to have a water birth, But none of my plans worked out, and I ended up having an emergency c-section for failure to progress in labor.
At the hospital, I can remember lying on the hospital bed being wheeled out of the operation room wanting my baby so badly. I couldn’t move my arms and legs after the surgery so the nurses and my mother-in-law put her to my breast for me.
Once I could hold her myself, I didn’t want to put her down! She breastfed 24/7. By day 3, I was in pain, and by day 5 my nipples were bloody. It took about 10 days before the pain got better. I was grateful to have lots of support because I really needed it! After those early struggles things did get better for me, and she breastfed until I weaned her at 2 years and 9 months.
how i became an iBCLC (International board certified lactation consultant)
Early on in my breastfeeding journey I discovered La Leche League. I loved the meetings and realized I wanted to get more involved in breastfeeding advocacy and support.
Through an organization called Nursing Mothers Counsel I took a training course to become a peer counselor in their mother-to-mother counseling program. Because I wanted to do more work with babies, I ended up working at Newborn Connections, the breastfeeding center and baby boutique at CPMC hospital in San Francisco. Then, I met Anne Garrett, a nurse and IBCLC and and amazing woman who became my mentor and ultimately my very dear friend.
compassion, experience, empathy
Not only have I seen a lot of different breastfeeding issues in my work, I also had different experiences with each of my children. When my second child was born, she was in the NICU for two weeks and I had milk supply issues. She had trouble latching right from the beginning and I had to use a nipple shield until she was 4 months old. I breastfed my third child with zero problems and weaned her at 3 years and 5 months. I bring empathy and understanding to each of my clients because I truly understand what it’s like to feel uncertain and worried, and how wonderful breastfeeding can be.
have questions for me?
Wondering what it might be like to work with me?
I’d love to help you decide if we’d be a good fit. While I can’t answer clinical breastfeeding questions without seeing in person, please share a bit about your situation so I can understand what you’re struggling with.