Secrets to ditching some of the stress, pressure & judgement
of first-time parenthood

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Presented by Shelly Taft, IBCLC
Presented by Shelly Taft, IBCLC

“Shelly is fantastic, so helpful and knowledgeable.  As a first time mother I needed all the tips and tricks I could get. She provided help with latching, sore nipples, exercises to promote easier positioning, how to burp and also how to calm her down. She was so helpful in our appointment and also online. Would highly recommend and look forward to staying in touch with Shelly through her other classes and consultations as we continue our BF journey.”

 - Leslie W

The Rules You'll learn to kick to the curb:

Secret #1: Doctors DON’T always know everything

Not dissing the medical field, but in this *rule* you’ll learn WHY most doctors dismiss new moms’ gut instincts, what you need to start preparing for (now), and who you should be listening to instead. And where to turn when you desperately need advice on a Friday afternoon and the doctor has left for the weekend? Lean in ‘cause you’ll find out in Secret #1.

Secret #2: Grandma (+ your MIL) DON’T know best    

*sigh* they mean well but grandma, your BFF, that online forum, and yup, your MIL DON’T have the best advice for you. Most recommendations you’ll hear can be downright dangerous, actually keep your baby awake (when you desperately need sleep), increase their risk of choking, increase their stress hormones, and harm the bond you have with your newborn. In Secret #2 you’ll learn several “popular” pieces of advice that do more harm than good so you can avoid them like the plague

Secret #3: Ditch mama shame & judgement (like, yesterday) 

Social media can put an insane amount of pressure on new moms. As moms we don't have it all together, kids cry, the house is a mess, we use pacifiers & binkies (yup, I said it). And we can get totally shamed over it. In Secret #3 you’ll learn how to protect yourself and your baby from (at least some of) the mama guilt. 

“Shelly is so intuitive and informed, she was practically like a mind-reader.
She was able to accurately guess things like my baby had hiccups and was gassy, all based on her examination. She was calming and reassuring, all while helping us puzzle out some struggles we were having. She gave us exercises and a wealth of resources. Later when my little one started having new troubles, I reached out and she found time to come visit us right before my family had to leave for a trip. Again her solutions and support helped set us back on track. She patiently answered ALL of my emails and questions during each 2-week consult period. Highly recommend!

-Laura H.

Shelly Taft, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Doula,
and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

No need to hide the pacifier, mom-to-be. You’re entering a zero-judgement, 100% all-inclusive zone

Every parent is different, so we’re throwing out the cookie-cutter approach to lactation help. You need a plan that works for you, your life, and your family

Not your doctor.

Not your BFF.

And definitely not your MIL, either. 

Getting to see a medical professional *in person* has become super hard (thanks #2020). And if you do get squeezed in, an appointment is way too short to actually get your questions answered (or worse, your concerns are dismissed entirely).

My practice has expanded to serve online so that new moms can FINALLY get IRL answers to their pregnancy + postpartum questions (like recovery, breastfeeding, or figuring out their baby’s sleep schedule).

With no eyebrow raises. You’ve got a question, we’ll get you an answer.  

When I’m not doing home visits for breastfeeding help, I’m 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 since 2007 and I’d be honored to help you, too.

“Having a baby will ruin your life. But don’t worry, you’ll get an even better one.”
- Shelly Taft IBCLC

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