Loretta

With over a thousand births and more than three decades doing this work, we feel very honored to offer Loretta’s services to our customers. A Full-Spectrum New York Doula in the truest sense of the word; a Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, and Conception Counselor, Loretta offers a full range of life transition support to include aging in place and hospice care. This is truly the type of service towards which the whole industry sets its compass. Loretta customizes her entire care approach to every individual family. She has extensive knowledge and the experience to make good on the promise to be the bedrock of your support system. Having birthed, breastfed and raised three children into happy, healthy adulthood, Loretta stands on not just a vast body of knowledge but the embodied wisdom of a mother and a grandmother. Her guiding principles of inclusion, evidence-based information and supporting a mother’s choice to have a birth on her own terms, have been born out over a long, accomplished career in this field.

Full Package
Lactation Support Session

$300.00
  • In-person lactation support session at the comfort of your home (or hospital)
  • Session covers evaluation, positioning, support with latch, and more
  • Education and validation to leave you breastfeeding with confidence
  • A follow-up call

I gave birth to my first born in April of 2014. I could not get her to latch properly, therefore, I wasn't producing enough milk and I couldn't breastfeed as long as I wanted too. It was a terrible feeling. I gave birth to my second child this December and I still felt a little insecure about whether She was getting enough from me. Loretta came to my house and gave me all the tools I needed. She's super knowledgeable. She fixed things I was doing incorrectly, she showed me new ways to hold my baby while breastfeeding and since our session, she's followed up with me to make sure all is going well and to see if I had any questions. I now have so much confidence breastfeeding my baby knowing she's getting everything she needs from me.

Vanessa V.

The universe really blessed me when it had my mother who was pregnant with me at the time, cross paths with Loretta. She has been a part of my life since birth, and because of her, I was lucky to be exposed to the beauty of birth and breastfeeding. When I gave birth to my daughter in December 2013, I was having a lot of difficulty breastfeeding and wanted to give up. However, Loretta spent many many hours with me teaching me different techniques and positions until I found one that was comfortable and worked. I was also dealing with a pretty bad bout of postpartum anxiety (similar to postpartum depression), which made every obstacle seem even worse to me. Loretta was always patient and loving. I honestly do not think she realizes the overwhelming love and gratitude I have for her for being by my side during a time I really needed it. There are no words that can express how grateful I am to have her in my life forever, and for how she dedicated the time, effort, and love to me and my experience !!

Brooke L.

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.