Leigh Anne

For Leigh Anne, the key to empowering new parents is teaching them to be patient with themselves. She provides the critical tools, understanding and knowledge along with boundless empathy and confidence building advice which allows her clients to enjoy this very special time with their child. Employing a subtle guidance and deft touch, Leigh Anne is able to help mothers release anxiety and judgement and find the joy in the transformative experience of breastfeeding. Leigh Anne is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant with two decades of experience working with breastfeeding families. She is the past President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), a member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and a past member of the Bank Street Head Start Health Advisory Board. She has been an accredited La Leche League Leader since 1997.

Full Package
Full Support Package

$800.00
  • Pre and postnatal lactation education and consultation
  • 2 visits at your home (before and after the birth of the baby)
Full Package
Lactation Consultation

$425.00
  • Lactation Consultation at the comfort of your home
  • Location included in fee: Manhattan below 100th street (additional $75 for outside of this range)
Full Package
Virtual Consultation

$275.00
  • Phone/Video Lactation Consultation

Leigh Anne has been a gold mine of helpful answers when I really needed them with unexpected challenges breast-feeding has occasionally presented (over a couple of babies). She is extremely generous with her time, knowledge and insight. Her manner is loving, supportive and clear. Her follow through is thorough. And her commitment that families thrive is so clear. Leigh Anne has been a gift for us.

Meredith

Thanks Leigh Anne, you've been very helpful and informative. You've made breast feeding much less stressful and more enjoyable the second time around.

Noy

I am certain that I would not have been successful in breastfeeding my child for 11 months had it not been for the incredible guidance and support of Leigh Anne O’Connor I write this testimonial on the brink of my son’s first birthday. The last year of my life has been a whirlwind of every possible emotion- pure happiness and excitement, pure fear and exhaustion, uncertainty and the most tremendous sense of unwavering joy. All these and more are the many emotions one experiences as a new mom. Leigh Anne was my saving grace in the first week of my son’s life. In the days following his birth, I experienced difficulty with latching my son to my breast. I had always dreamed of breastfeeding, but never could have anticipated the anxiety, frustration, and worry that came along with this natural thing not coming so naturally for me or my baby. I was motivated to not give up and was given Leigh Anne's information from a close friend. Leigh Anne came into our home with an open heart and mind and a tremendous amount of knowledge. She assisted me with several positions to help my baby latch easier. She provided me with tools and resources to utilize during the adjustment period of establishing milk supply and a strong effective latch. She calmed my nerves and helped to normalize the emotions I was feeling. I will never forget taking the deepest breath I have maybe ever, when she helped me successful latch my baby. I immediately felt at ease after meeting Leigh Anne and listening to the knowledge she had to share. I felt like she brought me countless tools for my toolbox to breastfeed my baby. She made herself available to me 24 hours a day. Any questions or concerns I had she addressed calmly, quickly and compassionately. She helped me to troubleshoot every phase of breastfeeding. From establishing a strong latch, to establishing and preparing a pumping schedule when I returned to my 14 hour work days, managing the fluctuations of hormones and emotions, to planning for a slow and realistic weaning plan. I am eternally grateful for this wonderful woman. I tell every new or expecting mom I know about Leigh Anne and hope everyone is as lucky as I am to have her guidance and feel her tremendous devotion for the joys of breastfeeding and motherhood. While my journey of breastfeeding has now come to an end, I look back on every moment of it with joy, gratitude, and great pride. Leigh Anne helped me to cultivate both knowledge and confidence that enabled me to embrace every moment of nursing my child with such joy and fulfillment. I will forever be grateful to her and look forward to sharing, God willing, moments with her when I am blessed with the gift of another baby. Thank you Leigh Anne, you are truly amazing.

Meagan

Leigh Anne, thank you again for your highly engaged time, guidance re: nursing and pumping, assessment of Miles, and support for Mike and me as new parents this week. You helped us when we needed it most and really enabled us to turn a corner. Your support for me personally and the confidence you instilled in me as a new nursing mom was equally important. I was trying to put on a brave face but the way the pediatrician had spoken to me and insisted I needed to supplement had really undermined my confidence. Working with you on how to position and latch Miles helped me realize that I wasn't wildly off base. Your subtle, guidance on positioning has been game changing in enabling me to latch and feed Miles with much less pain for the past few days. Breastfeeding now seems sustainable to me and something I enjoy as time spent with Miles vs. something where I just want to try to get through it for him and grin and bear the pain. My nipples are healing nicely and I expect soon to have no pain. Your assessment of Miles as having a very tight jaw due to his breech position and giant little baby head (it's true 99% at birth) was all spot on. Having seen or talked to three prior lactation consultants, seen a pediatrician in the hospital daily, and a second one twice post discharge, none of these professionals had taken the time to listen to me about how the latch felt and to figure out how that corresponded with Miles's womb positioning, head size, pallet, and jaw. We are doing his exercises daily; he likes the jaw massage and has started doing lion, which is great! Finally in addition to the in person expertise the references and literature you followed up with re: options for baby bodywork and lactation and breast feeding support groups have been excellent. We feel much better informed as parents thanks to you. We can't say it enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Jenny

Leigh Anne’s expert advice and encouragement saved my sanity and likely my breastfeeding relationship with my two-week old slow-gaining baby. She was the calm and supportive voice I needed to hear when the pediatrician was doing daily weight checks and I was on the verge of giving up. I am so thankful that my baby is gaining well now, my supply is up and I can relax and go back to being the kind, supportive mom I want to be for my three kids. I can't thank her enough!

Stefanie

Hi Leigh Anne, I just want to say you cannot even begin to know how you have helped me. My entire being and heart is lighter and I literally feel like a new person. Your support and help has allowed me to start becoming the mother I want to be; relaxed, calm, and comforting and loving. None of which came easy when I was in such pain and feeling so desperate. Thank you too for your warmth and your kindness, empathy and patience. My parents and I went for a walk with Emiliana in the stroller and we couldn't have been happier. When I called my husband was ecstatic to see me looking so relaxed and peaceful. Please know that you have made an entire new family a happier one.

Sophie

All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am so grateful for your calm and caring presence, it made all the difference to what was becoming a fraught and stressful experience. THANK YOU!

Jess

Hi Leigh Anne, I just wanted to thank you for consulting with me and Easton. You were so easy to talk to and really put my mind at ease with knowing he was getting enough milk. Feedings are going well and he is gaining weight! Thank you, again!

Maria

I really have to thank you for letting me know I still had time to increase my milk supply and that it was all possible. I was close to giving up. And I really thought making it to 3 months would be as far as I could get. Now I'm sure I can make it to 6 months to a year -- the longer the better.

Jeanine &Kai

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.