Heather McFadden is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and proud member of the New York Lactation Consultant's Association (NYLCA). She has a published article in the Clinical Lactation Journal and has been consulted by Parent's Magazine. She moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater and dance. After performing all over the world as well as on Broadway, she decided to seek a vocation more conducive to raising a family.
Breastfeeding was a challenge with both of her children. With the help of a skilled lactation consultant and La Leche League she was able to overcome the difficulties and continued breastfeeding beyond her original goals. Her experience was life changing. As more of her friends began having children and sought her advice regarding breastfeeding, Heather noticed a growing passion. She loved helping new moms and babies. She began attending conferences, workshops and courses and eventually pursued the mentoring pathway to become an IBCLC. She completed her internship from The Breastfeeding Center of Manhattan at Beth Israel Hospital where she assisted moms and babies in the mother/baby unit and NICU.
Offers Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes, Home Visits, Group Clinics
I started my international career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1980. This opportunity enabled me to go on to work in over 33 countries in Africa, South-East Asia, and South America. I was privileged to be appointed the Director of Nutrition for Helen Keller International for many years and to consult for the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the International Red Cross. Since the foundation of good nutrition starts with breastfeeding, it was a major component of many nutrition programs that I advised or developed.
My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, a Master of Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University School Hygiene and Public Health, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.
Despite all my education, when my son was born in 1999, I needed a lactation consultant. My experience made me realize that many parents in Manhattan have less support for breastfeeding than parents in the developing areas where I previously worked. This prompted me to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. After I became board certified in 2002, I established my own private practice and have complemented home visits with group clinics that offer affordable clinical care in group settings.
One of the most important things that I have learned from years of watching parents with their babies is that there is not just one "perfect way" to parent, there are many acceptable ways to parent. Every feeding relationship between a parent and infant is unique and deserves a customized approach. So whether it is a home visit or a group clinic, I provide individually tailored suggestions to parents as they learn what works best for them as they develop healthy feeding relationships with their babies.I also enjoy presenting at international conferences and webinars and offering local workshops on how lactation consultants can use growth charts and test weighing in ways that enhance infant feeding. Since networking is key to developing a cadre of solidly trained lactation consultants I also devoted seven years as a volunteer on the Executive Board for the New York Lactation Consultant Association. Currently, I am enjoying working with trainees whose enthusiasm and passion will further enhance compassionate and customized care for parents who wish to improve their infant feeding experiences. My son just recently left the nest for college in upstate New York while my husband and I live in Manhattan.
I'm a certified IBCLC in private practice and live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with my husband and 2 sons. I provide personalized, in-home breastfeeding support to families seeking a lactation consultant to achieve their breastfeeding goals. I’ve supported mothers with low milk supply, oversupply, nipple and breast pain, mastitis, and back to work concerns among other breastfeeding concerns. To keep up-to-date in my field, I am a member of New York Lactation Consultants Association (NYLCA), International Lactation Consultat Association (ILCA), and United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and attend conferences and webinars.
Offering: Home or Office Visits within Brooklyn Breastfeeding Support Clinic (out-of-network)
Allison Walsh IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator and postpartum doula in private practice in New York City. She has been active in the birth and parenting world since 1999, and is the mother of three children. Allison has volunteered as a La Leche League Leader since 2001. She serves on the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council, the Lamaze International Certification Council, co-directs the NYC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program, and is one of Lamaze's representatives to the United State Breastfeeding Committee. After working for 15 years in NYC hospitals, Allison loves providing in-home care to new families. She has a passion for helping new parents build confidence by providing respectful and supportive care. For parents looking for a relaxed and practical IBCLC with a sense of humor, Allison might be the right match for you!
Shakima Wiggins is proud and grateful to work within the communities she grew up in, as a Nurse Midwife, lactation consultant and childbirth educator. Shakima completed her advanced Certificate in Midwifery and Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery through the joint program administered by SUNY Downstate’s Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions. She works for the Nurse Family Partnership, a national program aimed at helping mothers, children and families achieve optimal birth and child-development outcomes. Shakima has extensive experience as a home visiting health care professional and is currently working on developing a program that would use social media as a teaching and social support platform to assist women with lactation. Shakima's knowledge base is vast and varied, she is also honest and dedicated to her work and to continuous learning within her professional field. Her clients stand to benefit from this.
I offer a weekly support group using the Chocolate Milk Cafe model, developed for women/families who self-identify as being of African American and/or Black background. Scale and hands on assistance available before and/or after group sessions. NOT OFFERING INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS AT THIS TIME.
Eleven years of lactation experience both hospital and private practice. This adds to her 30 years of experience in education and parent/child psychology. Is a mentor to IBCLC interns as well as offers support from her team of independent contractors.
Beverley Rae has helped thousands of new mothers to breastfeed their babies successfully.
Her 25+ years of experience as a board certified lactation consultant began with nursing her own five children. She is a former president of the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Her breastfeeding guide, Breastfeeding Central, was rated a best breastfeeding app by Parents Magazine and can be downloaded from the App Store for immediate help.
As a social worker at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Beverley led parenting groups and provided individual and family therapy in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
In addition to her clinical experience, she was an adjunct professor at Adelphi University where she taught Human Sexuality in the School of Social Work.
Beverley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Office visits, home visits, prenatal classes, breastfeeding support group, breast pump rentals. For immediate breastfeeding help, download Beverley Rae's app Breastfeeding Central from the App Store.
Stephanie Heintzeler is a German educated midwife and acupuncturist as well as US-educated doula, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Stephanie supports women during all kinds of births and post partum- whether her clients choose a hospital birth, birthing center or home birth; she wants them to follow their own intuition about which birth place feels best. This continues for the postpartum phase. Stephanie has been taking care of breastfeeding mothers since 1996 and completed trainings both in Germany and US.
With her midwifery-experience her clients feel taken care of from a holistic and down-to-earth perspective. Stephanie wants to make sure her clients get the best out of a lactation visit- there is no pressure to nurse if it doesn't agree with the mother. There is no pressure to follow a plan that doesn't make sense for this specific family. Whether someone would like to exclusively breastfeed, mix with formula or pumped breastmilk, feed with bottle only, is interested in induced lactation (LGBTQ-families or adopting parents), caring for a preemie, sick baby or twins, whether someone is a single parent or nursing toddlers together with the newborn- Stephanie is here to make this process easier and give guidance to the new family during the precious time.
Stephanie is the owner of "The New York Baby" where she puts expecting parents/mothers in touch with doulas and baby nurses.
Heather Kelly is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in New York City. She is the mother of four children, and runs a weekly support group at the 92 Street Y on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She recently completed a book on breastfeeding, whose content can be found at www.bravadohelps.com