Why Holistic Lactation?
In alternative health care, "wholism" views the body and mind as one complex system. We once called it body-mind medicine and, whereas decades ago this concept was controversial, today it is accepted.
Holistic Lactation views the breastfeeding relationship as one complex system, as a microcosm that is supported or undermined by multiple factors and health conditions.
The holistic lactation consultant cares about the health of the whole family and recognizes that improving the conditions that support breastfeeding will also improve the family's health and long-term well being.
A holistic lactation consultant is part of a team of specialists who coordinate to help mothers and babies, including body-workers, occupational therapists, dentists and doctors who specialize in oral structure, nutritionists and allergists with expertise in gut healing and lactogenic foods and herbs, and psychotherapists or hypnotherapists who can help with emotional healing when needed.
Hilary Jacobson - Lactation Foods and Herbs Specialist, Hypnotherapist, Online sessions only
Hilary is a Swiss-certified Holistic Lactation Consultant (CH.HU.SI.), Hypnotherapist (ACHE), author, and teacher.
Her books include Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs; Healing Breastfeeding Grief: How mothers feel and heal when breastfeeding does not go as hoped, and A Mother's Garden of Galactagogues: Growing and using milk-boosting herbs and foods from around the world.
Hilary's consults typically combine nutritional guidance and emotional healing, as needed. Her goal is to resolve trauma and grief, to restore a mother's confidence and joy, to improve the health of the mother and family, and, if possible, to save the breastfeeding relationship.
Contact: email@example.com; or leave a message or text at: 1 (541) 708-3564
Jennifer Tow IBCLC, Director of the School of Holistic Lactation in Connecticut, also Online Internationally
Jennifer Tow, BFA, MA, IBCLC, CSOM. ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Montika Collins IBCLC Holistic Lactation, Oklahoma
Montika Collins, MA, BS, BSN, RN, CLC, IBCLC.
OKLAHOMA: ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.
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.
Carrie DiStefano IBCLC, Holistic Lactation, Washington
Carrie DiStefano, M.A., IBCLC
WASHINGTON. ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
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
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.
Your Milk-boosting Garden, in your Kitchen or Yard
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.
With this in mind, I wrote the book A Mother’s Garden of Galactagogues: a Guide to Growing and Using Milk-Boosting Herbs and Foods from around the world.
Lactation-boosting plants are the “living medicine” of women’s ancient heritage, stretching all the way back to the pre-history of humankind. Many families are starting to garden, indoors and outdoors, in large and small spaces, in containers, and on countertops. This is your opportunity to re-connect with women’s ancient knowledge.
Breastfeeding is natural, but in the West, we have taken the natural out of breastfeeding by asserting that a woman’s body should function like a machine, independent of what we eat, and in spite of thousands of years of lactation-diets used around the world.
Many mothers have experienced that after receiving the guidance of a lactation consultant, a lactogenic diet helps them reach their optimal supply. Many testimonies and stories are found in the reviews for Jacobson’s book Mother Food, on amazon.com. read more…
A Nutritional Guide for the Postpartum
How you eat each day can help build and support your milk supply, while improving your own and your baby's best health and wellbeing
For mothers struggling with breastfeeding challenges or who are mourning the loss of breastfeeding, this book helps you understand and work through the complex and sometimes overwhelming emotions you may be feeling.
Grow Lactogenic Foods and Herbs
Both indoors and outdoors, in large and small spaces, you can grow galactagogues and use them for milk production and best family health.
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Fennel – the seeds, leaves, stalks and bulb are highly milk boosting. Fennel seed tea has been used to support milk production for thousands of years, but the entire plant contains similar substances that make it amazingly supportive.
Fennel is delicious raw, sliced thinly in salad for instance, or simmered or steamed and eaten as a vegetable dish.
If you leave the root in the ground after harvesting the bulb, stalks, leaves and seeds, new fennel bulbs will grow around the root each season – more and more, year for year. Almost effortlessly, you can grow galactagogues.
See my book: A Mother’s Garden of Galactagogues to start growing.