Lactation Consultant

I’m Robin Snyder-Drummond, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I help families with any of their breastfeeding concerns. The best part of my job is seeing families relax and enjoy their baby.

I’m located in Ellsworth, Maine and will travel about forty five minutes. For longer distances, I charge a travel fee. 

Any time is a good time to call, though support in the first two weeks can make a big difference in your experience.

I offer home visits because they are more comfortable and certainly more convenient.  No fussing with a car seat. You can stay in your pajamas. We have plenty of time.

We’ll have about two hours to review you and your baby’s health history, observe a feeding and make a plan.  

Call me at 617-435-0693 to arrange a visit.

Background Experience and Training 

My focus is breastfeeding education and guidance. Over and over, I’ve seen how Nature plans for success: you and your baby are designed to be together.

Over twenty five years ago, I was meeting families as a childbirth educator and doula. It was wonderful to see them before, during and after the baby’s birth. We could discuss a lot of their questions and options. This early, consistent and accurate support was my inspiration to become an IBCLC. I became certified in 2009.

I’ve taught prenatal classes in a high school, an air force base, women’s shelter, a lesbian moms group, recreation centers, in Boston area hospitals and a birth center. For ten years, I was an active DONA certified birth doula

Since 2009, I’ve had a private practice making home visits. I’ve also met families, as an IBCLC, through an  Early Intervention program and at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA.  

Each situation is different and every family is it’s own universe. Equally important to all families is patience and accurate information.

If you’re an expectant parent, I encourage you to seek breastfeeding education beyond internet searches.  

Breastfeeding Help

The IBCLC credential is the only internationally recognized accreditation for lactation consultants. Qualifying for the IBCLC exam requires college level courses, lactation specific education and up to 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience (that is, meeting mothers and babies one-on-one). In 2009, I passed the exam and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  All IBCLCs must recertify every 5 years and pass the board exam every 10 years. I’ve done that. 

I’m always learning from conferences, journals and colleagues. The most important learning, I feel, is from visiting with mothers and families.

Professional Associations

I’m a member of:

I’m current in my vaccinations and CPR certification. I am a certified Basic Life Support Instructor.

I’m glad to talk with you about home visits, prenatal classes and workshops. You can also sign up for my newsletter.

Let’s be in touch617-435-0693 or robin@birthready.com.

I look forward to talking with you.

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