As a Pittsburgh Newborn Photographer, I often meet new (and experienced) moms who have a bumpy start to their breastfeeding journey. I completely understand how hard and frustrating this can be, so I always try to point these Moms in the right direction to get them the help they need!
When I’m at their home for a newborn session, I’m happy to give them some tips on the best positions to hold the baby and how to get a proper latch. However, I am not a professional lactation consultant.
So in this post, I will provide you with a list of Lactation and Breastfeeding providers in the greater Pittsburgh area that can help you.
As an experienced breastfeeding Mother, I had a very rough start to nursing my third son. With my first two babies, breastfeeding was relatively easy from the start, so it was extra frustrating when I experienced pain and latch issues with my third baby.
There were a lot of tears for both of us and I began to feel defeated with his poor latch and the pain I was experiencing. Pain that I had never felt with my other babies. Thankfully, my midwife from the Midwife Center in Pittsburgh referred me to the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh to schedule a consultation.
It turns out my baby boy had a pretty bad tongue tie which resulted in my pain and his poor latch. We had more consults with a doctor and eventually had his tongue tie corrected. Within a few days, nursing him became so much easier for both of us.
If you are having difficulty nursing your little one, I urge you to please reach out to one of these professional lactation consultants to help you and your newborn baby. And most of them offer in-home or virtual consultations!
- Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
“We support you in the way that you want to be supported – and offer guidance for health and happiness on your breastfeeding journey.”
- Sankofa Childbirth Education & Lactation Services
“Are you experiencing challenges with feeding your baby? Painful breasts and nipples? Struggling to latch? Baby not growing as you think they should? Issues with your milk supply? Returning to work? Our lactation consulting services are provided by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 22 years of experience supporting breastfeeding families. Consultations are in your home“
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- Bloom Birth Concierge
“We want to make sure you have the support you need once you’ve come home with your baby. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) will provide observation and support as needed to help you get on the right path.”
- Riverbend Birth
“Feeding your newborn can be one of the biggest challenges of early parenting. Whether you are nursing, bottle feeding, exclusively pumping, formula feeding, or some combination, I’m willing to bet you’ve had questions or challenges come up along the way.”
- PITTSBURGH DOULA NETWORK
“Pittsburgh Doula Network has IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) available for private in-home visitation. She will sit with you for up to 90 minutes to offer education and guidance, and create a care plan if breastfeeding isn’t going the way you envisioned.”
- La Leche League of Western PA
“La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to parents who want to breastfeed.“
- Pittsburgh Birth Nerd
“My name is Angela Starosta and I’m a DONA trained doula, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and lactation and childbirth educator.”
I hope that you found this list helpful!
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All images by Mary Beth Miller Photography
Mary Beth Miller Photography specializes in family and newborn photography in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and many of the surrounding areas. Mary Beth has over thirteen years of experience photographing families, newborns and babies in Pittsburgh including Valencia, Mars, Wexford, Seven Fields, Warrendale, Bradford Woods and Adams Township Her style is very relaxed and natural and your family session will feel like a stress-free Sunday afternoon with your family!