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Beating Candidiasis (fungal infection) with Breastfeeding-Friendly Supplements

Candidia albicans is a common fungus. It can live in parts of the body such as in the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. When it overgrows, however, it can penetrate the intestine, enter the bloodstream and colonize internal organs such as the kidney, heart, or...

Lockdown-Inspired Book for Breastfeeding Moms and Families

In times of great uncertainty (as today, with lockdowns continuing to be enforced across the globe), knowing which specific herbs, weeds, flowers, trees, vegetables, and fruit support milk supply can build our confidence in our ability to nurture the next generation....

Starting Sweet Potato Slips

In my attic office, next to a south-facing window, I'm setting up sweet potato slips. Instead of growing them, I could just buy sweet potato slips in the garden center in the second week of May. But because it's doable and fun, I'm growing them myself. One method is...

Sow thistle – a multi-purpose “weed” that is a galactagogue

Would you believe that this ugly weed that overruns gardens and fields is used by nursing mothers to support their milk supply? Sow Thistle - Super Food for Moms Recently, while writing on A Mother’s Garden of Galactagogues, I learned that the Sow Thistle is highly...

Food Molecules pass from Mom to Baby: one cause of Infant Colic and Infant Allergy

.Nursing mothers often ask if the food they eat might be triggering their baby's fussiness, digestive discomfort, and allergies. The answer is a cautious yes - quite possibly. We know that during pregnancy, large molecules from food can pass from a mother's intestine...

A Poem for Gardening Mothers

Blue Borage Time Your furry leaves and blue starflowers Summon bees at all the hours, Throughout spring and throughout summer, Summon all the honey mummers.   How their nimble legs alight Upon your blossoms’ azure shade, They stop and nip your sticky dew, Then fly...

Calcium – its role for lactation

   Apricots — one of our strongest lactogenic fruit, and especially rich in calcium. Calcium and magnesium work together to maintain healthy nerves, strong muscles, and a rhythmic heartbeat. In the brain, they promote neural activity and act as a natural...

Premenstrual Dip in Milk Supply

At about 3 – 4 months postpartum, some mothers get their first period. The taste of their milk changes temporarily and their supply can take a dip. Afterward, her periods might recur in their monthly rhythm, or they may remain several months apart and only slowly...

A Tour of my Galactagogue Garden in mid-Spring

It's the end of May, and I'm letting weeds grow out so I can identify what grows here and learn how to use them: wild mustard, wild lettuce, horsetail, sow's thistle and more. I put together this little film as a first try - if the summer fires allow, I'll spend time...

Galactagogue Garden 2 – Buying Starters

Join my little shopping spree for lactogenic plant starters at the very start of spring.

Why Holistic Lactation?

Holistic Lactation views breastfeeding as a complex system that takes the whole mother into consideration, her body and mind, history, diet, environment, and also her familial health.     

A holistic lactation consultant often works together with specialists, including body-workers, occupational therapists, dentists and doctors, nutritionists and allergists, and therapists or hypnotherapists who can give emotional support when needed.

Hilary Jacobson - Nutrition, Hypnotherapy

Hilary is certified in Holistic Lactation (CH.HU.SI.) and Hypnotherapy (ACHE).

Her consults help mothers heal themselves, using hypnotherapy. 

For more information:

Jennifer Tow IBCLC, Director of the School of Holistic Lactation in Connecticut, also Online Internationally



Jennifer Tow is a leading pioneer in the research, practice and teaching of holistic lactation. She has an international client base and presently sees most of her clients via Skype or Zoom. Jennifer Tow is renowned for guiding parents through complex breastfeeding and nutritional health issues. She integrates holistic modalities including nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, home remedies and myofunctional therapy.

Tow teaches workshops internationally and online to mothers and professionals. Topics include breastfeeding & epigenetics, gut health & gut healing, tongue-tie & airway development and holistic breastfeeding practices. She leads a Master’s Class in Holistic Lactation and is writing a book on the subject.

Throughout 2020, Tow trained IBCLCs in the specific skills of online, "virtual" consulting, to meet the needs of families during the pandemic.

Email Jennifer Tow at


Montika Collins IBCLC Holistic Lactation, Oklahoma

Montika Collins, MA, BS, BSN, RN, CLC, IBCLC.


Phone: 918-398-3586

Montika serves as an Advanced Holistic Lactation Consultant, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Holistic Integrative nurse, Health and Wellness Coach, Body Worker, Medical Herbalist, and nursing faculty at Oral Roberts University.

As an activist, she served Oklahoma's breastfeeding coalition, COBA (Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates) as chair & board member. Her passion for the health and well being of minority women and children led her to co-found the 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, Innovations Family Wellness INC. She serves her community as the Co-President & CEO of Innovations Family Wellness INC.

Montika graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Master of Arts (MA) in Health and Wellness Coaching & a concentration in Medical Herbalism. She also earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Chemistry from Northeastern State University. Montika graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing.  She has over 300 hours in continuing education courses specific to the care of the mother/baby dyad.

In addition to teaching nursing students, she also trains healthcare professionals on how to utilize and integrate alternative healthcare practices into their medical practices. She also holds group training and seminars for various perinatal providers. Montika serves local women, breastfeeding mothers and their infants providing them with health & wellness coaching, herbal support, bodywork and advanced holistic lactation & breastfeeding support.

Contact Information:

Phone: 918-398-3586

Carrie DiStefano IBCLC, Holistic Lactation, Washington

Carrie DiStefano, M.A., IBCLC


Phone: 360.918.2392

Carrie, a mother of three daughters, became passionate about breastfeeding after working through many struggles with her first child. 

Carrie has been supporting breastfeeding families since 2012, and as an IBCLC since 2015. With extensive training in tethered oral tissue, infant structure and function, and maternal and infant gut health, Carrie supports breastfeeding cases from the simple to complex, in person or online, to anyone, anywhere.

Carrie collaborates with providers to provide holistic and integrative care to the families she has the honor of supporting. 

Carrie DiStefano, M.A., IBCLC

Olympia Lactation


Julie Brill, IBCLC, CCCE, CL, Online Consults Only

Julie provides holistic, virtual lactation consultations. Her focus is always on providing families with the support and information they need. Consultations are a judgement-free zone. Julie knows that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to infant feeding, so each consultation includes an individualized, written care plan to help families meet their feeding goals. Common matters addressed in consultations include preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy, nipple and breast pain, concerns about low milk production and infant growth, helping babies with latch and position, addressing oral ties, overproduction, healing plugged ducts or mastitis, returning to paid work or school, introducing solid foods, and weaning. Julie has advanced training in holistic lactation and addressing oral ties.

Julie also teaches private, virtual, prenatal breastfeeding, natural childbirth, and VBAC classes. Her childbirth classes focus on evidence-based education that increases confidence and normalizes pregnancy, birth, and lactation. She helps parents fill their toolbox with accurate information and labor techniques that work. Her prenatal breastfeeding classes focus on what parents need to know about feeding a newborn, including what families she meets postpartum tell her they wish they’d known. Prepare for Cesarean Birth, Heal Faster workshops are also available for parents who expect to birth by cesarean.

Julie is a certified childbirth educator and labor doula who has been supporting families in the childbearing year since 1992 and training childbirth educators and labor doulas for CAPPA since 2003.

Julie has written and lectured extensively on perinatal topics and is the author of the doula anthology Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences. She is the mother of two daughters.

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