Lactation Services

Beth Brownstein, IBCLC LCCE, CD
Beth Brownstein Doula & Lactation Support Services

New Haven County, Northern Fairfield County, CT 
203.530.9053 p
www.bethbrownstein.com

In the Past...Women helped women...Children were raised by the community...
New mothers were not left alone.
 
Practitioner Story

I have worked in women’s health care for over 35 years and have been attending births and supporting families since 2004. I have a lot of practical experience as well as extensive education and training. I am the mother of two amazing young women.

I am dedicated to providing supportive birth, postpartum and breastfeeding services to women and their families. I would love to help you and your family have a more satisfying and empowering birth and postpartum experience. Whatever your vision – I want to help you

achieve it!

I have a wide variety of hobbies and interests but the thing I am most passionate about is babies, birth and breastfeeding. I believe that every woman deserves support throughout her pregnancy, labor and birth and during the transition into parenthood. My ultimate goal is to make sure my clients have evidence based information to make truly informed decisions, mother the mother, and support the family as a whole. Every woman, every birth, and every baby is unique and special.

 
About Practice

Childbearing women and their babies were nurtured, cared for and supported through an extensive family structure. This consisted of grandmothers, aunts, cousins, siblings, and friends who were available, willing and able to help care for the “newborn family." Today, in our American culture and society, we are missing this important lesson in regard to how families were so wonderfully supported during birth, the postpartum period and beyond. It is so important for a new mom to be able to take care of herself so that she has the energy to care of her baby.

As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Beth offers in home consultations, both prenatal and postpartum and teaches prenatal breastfeeding classes.

Research shows that mothers who receive help in the early days tend to have an easier time breastfeeding and tend to breastfeed longer.

Beth teaches both group and private childbirth classes based on the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. The Healthy Birth Practices represent "evidence-based care," which is the gold standard for maternity care worldwide.

In addition, Beth does placenta encapsulation, which is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby by dehydrating, powdering and placing it into vegetarian

non-gelatin capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit. The purpose of the mother ingesting encapsulated placenta is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth to help restore a more balanced body function, assist in the prevention of “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness. Beth uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) process of placenta encapsulation.

 
Specialties

EXPECTING

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Planning on breastfeeding? Then this class is for you! 

This informative class will help parents gain the knowledge, strategies, and skills necessary to have a rewarding breastfeeding relationship. Class includes:

  • benefits of breastfeeding

  • how making milk works; establishing and maintaining milk supply

  • latch-on and breastfeeding positions

  • what to expect in the first 2 weeks of breastfeeding

  • common misconceptions and myths about breastfeeding

  • knowing where to find support and help once your baby is here

 

Both parents are encouraged to attend.

Private or group classes

 

Prenatal Consults are available.

Contact Beth at 203 530 9053 to set up an appointment

NEW PARENT

Lactation Support

 

A private in home lactation consult includes:

Establishing a good milk supply, help with under supply/oversupply, latch issues, will develop care and treatment plans for infant feeding, pumping and returning to work, and any other breastfeeding questions, concerns or issues.

 

Returning to Work & Pumping Class

Heading back to work and need guidance?

Pumps, tips for pumping - when and how often to pump, separation and transitions, bottle feeding the breastfed baby, storage and handling of breast milk, information and guidance for caretaker.

 

Private or group classes

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist: www.connecticutplacentaservices.com

 

Newborn and postpartum support and care

 
Credentials

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)

  • Certified Independent Placenta Service Provider

  • Certified Birth Doula

  • CUNY School of Law J.D., 1988

  • University of Colorado at Boulder -  B.A., Sociology & Women’s Studies 1979

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)

  • United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA)

  • New Haven Breastfeeding Roundtable

  • International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals (IATP)

  • Lamaze International

  • Postpartum Support International (PSI)

  • DONA International

  • Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Lactation Support and Education

    • Private Practice, 2010 to Present

    • Middlesex Hospital, 2010 to Present

    • Bridgeport Hospital , 2015 to Present

  • Childbirth Educator

    • Middlesex Hospital, 2011 to Present

    • Bridgeport Hospital, 2015 to Present

    • Newborn Care Education, 2011 to Present

    • Birth Doula, 2005 to Present

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Facilitate Breastfeeding Support Groups

  • Facilitate Postpartum Support Groups

  • Member of Women of Wellness TM, 2014 to present

 
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