Need IBCLC Mentoring?

Private, in-home or virtual lactation visits with Shelly for IBCLC Training

Choosing an IBCLC Pathway

Decoding the different pathways through IBLCE can be very confusing. Depending on the pathway you choose, you might also need to mentor with an experienced IBCLC before qualifying for the exam.

If you have questions about the different pathways and how to choose the right one for you, or about the credentialing process in general, I’d be happy to help. I now offer consults with aspiring IBCLCs both in person (for those local) or via phone/skype for those who aren’t local.

I also offer a mentoring program for those IBCLCs who are local to me. Those that are interested in the mentoring program should schedule an in person consult with me to see if we are a good fit.


Learn more about Shelly.


A board-certified lactation consultant is an invaluable asset to breastfeeding families, reassuring you when breastfeeding and lactation are going well, and by providing information and support to help prevent and manage common concerns. IBCLCs help with:

  • Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation

  • Basic position and latch of the infant

  • Information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation.

  • Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby

  • Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or triplets, a premature or sick infant, or infants in special medical situations.

Hi, I'm Shelly Taft

I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Doula, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Based in Worcester County, MA, I’ve been supporting new families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2007.

Every parent is different, so I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to lactation help. I will work with you to develop a breastfeeding plan that works for your life and your family.

I’m usually available on short notice, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. After all, babies don’t check the calendar!

When I’m not doing home visits for breastfeeding help, I work as a lactation consultant at UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester. You can also find me teaching childbirth, breastfeeding, and TummyTime! classes at various hospitals and sites in Worcester County, MA

I’ve supported more than a thousand families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and I’d be honored to help you, too.