Amber was inspired to become a lactation counselor when her breastfeeding journey took an unexpected turn with her second child. Whereas her first child was born full term, Amber’s second was a preemie born at 28 weeks, and their breastfeeding relationship required her to embrace a whole new plan and perspective. This was a transformative experience, and it revealed the broad spectrum of what is possible in a breastfeeding/chestfeeding relationship. Amber was inspired to deepen her doula and newborn care work, and became a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor in 2016. She has supported many families, both at home and in the hospital, and as a facilitator of lactation circles. She also served as Outreach Coordinator for a non-profit milk bank, helping families all over New York gain education and access to safe donor human milk. Amber is passionate about helping her clients find joy and confidence in feeding, while appreciating that everyone’s goals, bodies, babies, and circumstances are completely unique. She educates and empowers families with evidence based strategies, compassion, and encouragement.

Full Package
Milk Maven Package

  • Two lactation support visits (90min each)
  • Two follow up calls
  • The visits and calls will address feeding challenges and provide strategies and resources to help overcome difficulties
Not necessarily. Although, some parents find it extremely helpful despite the milk supply.
Yes and no. It is Mother Nature at its best, but like anything you haven’t done before, it may require some training. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certifies lactation consultants who meet its criteria and have passed an exam. Healthy Children Project, Inc. certifies lactation counselors.Both Lactation Consultants and Lactation Counselors support new mothers by solving certain breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples and low milk supply. Or by simply coming to ensure the process is going smoothly for both mom and baby.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that patients connected with International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) were three times more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at three months, more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at one month and less likely to wean in the first six months. Although babies benefit from any breast milk they receive, there is increasing evidence that exclusive breastfeeding supports a healthy microbiome and imparts important, lifelong health benefits for both mothers and infants including a reduced rate of infections in newborns.
It is a good idea to establish a relationship with a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor before the baby comes. You may also benefit from a private visit and class to prepare yourself for the upcoming journey. Book your Lactation Consultant or Lactation Counselor visit as soon as you can once the baby in born. The first 3 days, then 10 days, then a month are crucial for successful breastfeeding. If you are not receiving enough support in a hospital (if this is where you chose to give birth), book a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor to come to the hospital. Otherwise, the first week at home is ideal regardless if the breastfeeding is going well or not. You will always benefit and feel more confident after meeting with a professional.