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Birth Cottage

IBCLC Services

Hot Milk Group Breastfeeding is natural... And learned

You need the right support to begin your breastfeeding and parenting journey with confidence. A listening ear, a no-judgment zone, and someone focused on YOUR goals and needs. My name is Piper, and as an IBCLC lactation consultant I will support you as you overcome challenges to reach your individual breastfeeding goals. I combine evidence-based techniques, specialized training, and years of experience with non-judgmental support and encouragement.

I’ve been working with families for many years, focusing on breastfeeding education and support, and maternal-child health. I offer private in-home lactation consults; I facilitate breastfeeding support groups at The Birth Cottage; and I teach breastfeeding classes for expectant parents.

What happens at support group?

Your baby is weighed and nurses while I connect with each mother to answer questions. After feeding, your baby is weighed again to determine how much milk he/she received. (Remember that this is just a snapshot of a single feeding, so don’t take it TOO seriously if your baby decided to just have a snack.) If several mothers have similar needs, we may discuss tips as a group. Topics frequently covered at support group include growth spurts, latch techniques, nursing positions, and other common questions.

Remember that if you are experiencing nipple damage, slow weight gain, a baby who will not latch, or other issues that require an exam or evaluation, you will need an individual consult to address your needs.  I cannot provide exams, evaluations, feeding plans, or other clinical assistance in a support group setting. Please don’t hesitate to book a consultation. 

The Educated Birth Childbirth Education Class summary:

Hello, and congratulations on your upcoming arrival! 

My name is Piper, and my background is in maternal-fetal health, midwifery and lactation, and I am thrilled to be able to offer this class in conjunction with The Birth Cottage. 

I want you to be confident and comfortable as you prepare to welcome your new baby into your life. This 3-week course will offer you opportunities to learn about what to expect in labor, birth and the postpartum transition. We will discuss whole body health and wellness, and ways to prepare your body and mind for birth. As the focus is on normal physiological birth, we will cover upright positions, water birth, and techniques to help you and your partner prepare for natural labor. The postnatal period, as well as breastfeeding are also covered so that it can be a successful part of your postpartum.

Our class size will be small to ensure an open and relaxed environment for you to interact and ask questions throughout. 
We will meet on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, at the Salem or Milford location. Class dates and location will be provided. 

Babywearing Basics Come join us for our Babywearing Class!

Because of its many benefits for both caregivers and children, we are passionate about making babywearing a universally accepted practice. Our 1-hour introductory class will provide you with information and assistance to learn more about baby wearing safety, choosing a baby carrier, and trying different styles to see what suits you and your baby.

Come as you are, dressed comfortably, and feel free to bring your own different carriers!

What is babywearing?

Babywearing is the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of one of a variety of types of baby carriers. It is a traditional practice in many cultures that is not widely used by modern industrialized societies, but it nonetheless has many benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.

Babywearing is not about any particular parenting philosophy and it is not about any specific carrier. It can be practiced by a wide variety of caregivers including parents, grandparents, siblings, nannies, nurses, doulas; in short, anyone who cares for a newborn, infant, or toddler. There are safe and effective carrier options for every budget and taste.

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