Wonderful Welcome has had the honor to personally work with or has received positive feedback about the following individuals/organizations whose missions align with ours - to provide encouragement and support as a family welcomes a new baby. Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the list, even to just say hi. Remember that reaching out does not commit you to anything, so you might as well make the connection or see if further evaluation is warranted. Additionally, we are always looking to expand our list, too, so if you’ve met or worked with someone you recommend in any area of perinatal or postpartum support, we would love to know of them!
Birth Without Fear - Offers birth stories of all sorts (unmedicated/medicated, home/birth center/hospital, assisted/unassisted, vaginal/Cesarean, singleton/multiples, premie/term, etc.) with a focus on the birthing person’s empowerment and experience.
If you are interested in supporting your pregnancy, labor/delivery, or postpartum recovery with herbs, or wish to have your placenta encapsulated, reach out to these folks as soon as you can so they can help plan with you.
Working one-on-one with someone for an appointment or two can have a huge impact on the course of your breastfeeding journey.
Caitlin offers virtual and some in-home consultations, before and after baby arrives, and is usually able to see new clients the same day for immediate support. She facilitates parent groups, as well.
Jeanette specializes in lip and tongue tied babies, as well as providing exceptional general lactation support.
Online list of consultants.
Pumps: Some of these companies will deliver to your home and communicate with your insurance company to figure out what they will cover, and/or help you purchase a pump covered by your insurance.
Local stores that routinely stock lactation supplies: Please shop small, local businesses if you can. Many have free shipping and/or curbside pickup!
Diaper Lab – nipple balm, nursing bras, nursing pads, Haakaa products, bottles, and more
Cambridge Naturals - Silverettes, nipple balm
Magic Beans - Nursing chairs, nursing pillows, nursing covers, nursing bras, bottles, pumps and pump parts
Groups: Several organizations run lactation groups on a regular basis, facilitated either by trained volunteers or credentialed lactation professionals:
Dentists specializing in lip- and tongue-tie evaluation and treatment:
Lexington Cosmetic Dentistry
922 Waltham Street, Suite 202, Lexington, MA 02421
Dentistry by Dr. David
563 Main Street, Bolton, MA 01740
340 Fuller Road, Albany, NY 12203
Questions about whether a medication is pregnancy- or breastfeeding-compatible?
New England Milk Bank - Donate or receive human milk from a certified, pasteurized source. Please discuss with your pediatrician; you will likely need a prescription for the milk.
Other options may be available as well.
Mental Health Support:
Many new parents and families find it helpful to check in with a mental health practitioner in the form of a counselor or therapist - ideally, one who specializes in maternal mental health and/or the postpartum period.
This organization specializes in the postpartum period, including a multitude of resources for families, a monthly dad support phone group (first Monday of the month), and much more. You can connect with and find clinicians on the website as well.
Support groups for parents, crisis resources, loss support, and more for expectant and new families.
Parenting Support Groups:
Moreso than other categories, parenting groups come and go (let me know if you find good ones, or discover the ones I've listed are no longer meeting!) and are offered in different iterations at different locations. Check your local library bulletin board for other potential local groups.
JFCS has a variety of different groups - for newborns, for multiples, for adoption, postpartum depression, parenting after loss, etc.
Sleep: (See also, “Sweet Sleep” below in Books)