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My Story

I am Hilary Jacobson, a retired-but-still-working holistic lactation consultant. I certified in Switzerland where I lived 30 years, first studying music, then raising my family, and then focusing on maternal health. 

Several personal experiences motivated this study. 

First, I struggled with building an adequate milk supply. When I discovered the value of lactogenic foods and herbs for building and maintaining a good supply, I soon recognized that mainstream medicine had no interest in researching this area. Then began a decades-long journey of study, writing, consulting and publishing. The first result is my book Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs.

First published in 2004, Mother Food continues to be recommended by lactation consultants today.

Second, I was in not prepared for the emotional devastation that I experienced in the postpartum while dealing with chronic low milk supply. It turns out though that many women experience this deep sense of mourning, loss, trauma, failure and anger.  In the group we started online in 1999, we saw that most of our mothers suffered from profound breastfeeding grief.

In 2013, I certified in hypnotherapy with special studies in trauma and medical support. Since that time, I have been working with mothers and other clients on issues having to do with trauma, grief, and emotional integration. Based on these experiences, I wrote and published the book Healing Breastfeeding Grief.

Today I live in southern Oregon where, sadly, we see fewer birds, bees, and dragonflies; more fires, drought, and heatwaves. And we know that it is going to get worse.

I write, teach and give hypnotherapy. I am also the head editor at Rosalind Press, a small publishing company.

Hilary Jacobson

Hilary Jacobson, CCHT, CH.HU.SI., author, teacher, hypnotherapist, publisher

Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs



Red Madder Root, Tales of Initiation

With color illustrations

Red Madder Root, Tales of Initiation

With B&W illustrations

Reviews, Recommendations

Review for Mother Food

This is a great resource for any nursing mother… whether you have issues breastfeeding or not. I look at this book now even after finishing my nursing season. Wish I would have found this book earlier than I did. It would have been really helpful with my previous babies. Great not only for nursing mothers but for midwives, doulas and doctors as well!!

Review for Healing Breastfeeding Grief

This book is very well written with lots of factual and researched information. It speaks from the heart with lots of insights into real moms lives with breastfeeding grief. The healing can begin as soon as you turn the first page.

Review for Mother Food

I made several diet changes and began supplementing with oils as suggested in the book… I now I have enough milk for my son! We haven’t used supplement for the past 5 weeks and he is gaining weight quite well. I am so thankful I found this book.., I even shared it with the LCs at my local breastfeeding group as well as many other moms.

Review for Garden of Galactagogues

I’m a first time breastfeeding mom to my 11 month old and recently discovered how you can nourish your breast milk (and yourself) with the consumption of herbs. After reading this book, I felt inspired to start my galactagogue garden. I purchased fresh herb cuttings from a local grower. The majoram is rooting after a little less than a week. Im looking forward to this new journey. Thank you Hilary for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!

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