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I’m Robin Snyder-Drummond, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Home visits are a comfortable and certainly more convenient way to answer your breastfeeding concerns. We’ll have about two hours to discuss your questions, observe a feeding, make a plan.  Call me at 617-435-0693 to arrange a visit.

Background Experience and Training 
I began as a childbirth educator and doula, twenty five years ago. It was clear that every family benefitted from accurate and consistent breastfeeding information… the sooner the better. That 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, for Early Intervention programs and regular series in Boston area hospitals and a birth center. For ten years, I was an active DONA certified birth doula.
Much of my experience was with the Cambridge Doulas, a multicultural program offered through Cambridge Health Alliance. My mentor, Kate Reist, RN, CNM, IBCLC was an excellent guide on my journey to become an IBCLC.

I still teach prenatal breastfeeding classes, though no longer work a doula. My focus is home visits for breastfeeding guidance.

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 recertify every 5 years and take the board exam every 10 years.

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 the
International Lactation Consultants Association
United States Lactation Consultants Association
Massachusetts Lactation Consultants Association
LCHomeVisits.com

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

Did you know that insurance may cover the cost of a home visit? If you are an Aetna client, you do not have to pay out of pocket for Aetna care if you work with their providers. I can refer you to my colleagues who are Aetna preferred providers.

Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim consistently reimburse for IBCLC home visits. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA does, too. BC/BS of MA has a list of IBCLCs in Massachusetts who make home visits.

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 touch. 617-435-0693 or robin@birthready.com.

I look forward to talking with you.