Lactation Support Circle: In-Person
Please note: Masks & proof of vaccine is required for this in-person class. Please bring card or digital version to class.
The non-member rate for this workshop is $15 and is FREE for members. Click here to purchase your membership today.
If you would like to attend the VIRTUAL Lactation Support Circle, you can register here.
Registration prior to arriving at Natural Resources is required.
This group is for: All parents who are nursing (breastfeeding or chestfeeding) or pumping milk to give a bottle. You are encouraged to bring your nursing child with you. We also encourage pregnant parents to come by before your baby is born, so you can see what lactation looks like and get a heads up on the kinds of issues that can arise.
Pregnant people can attend for FREE (email firstname.lastname@example.org to register).
Though nursing your baby is one of most natural acts, it can be challenging, especially during the early weeks as you recover from your baby's birth and adjust to new parenthood. If you have any concerns getting support immediately is one of the best ways to help ensure a satisfying nursing relationship. In this group breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents can get help with a poor latch, supply issues, pumping, introducing a bottle & more. This is also a great opportunity for you to connect, share and form friendships with other nursing moms and parents.
Before nursing, babies can be weighed on a digital scale to help assess how much milk the baby is taking in.
-Masks are required for all adults in attendance.
-Bring your own blanket, boppy, and/or nursing pillow to use during the circle.
-This group is not held on all major holidays. Please check the schedule.
-Common topics discussed during this group are listed in the Details tab.
IMPORTANT IN-PERSON POLICY: If health and safety concerns warrant it (uptick in COVID-19 infection, poor air quality due to wild fires, etc) all in-person classes may be moved to a virtual format. Refunds and rescheduling, would not be offered in these circumstances. By signing up for in-person classes you are agreeing to this stipulation. We reserve the right to make this change at our discretion.
We will follow all CDC and City of SF Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines.
Please note: Masks are required for all adults in attendance.
Concerns that can be addressed include:
-How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
-Slow weight gain
-INcorrect latch and causes (tongue tie, etc.)
-Sore nipples or breasts
-Clogged ducts and mastitis
-Dealing with oversupply
-When and how to supplement
-When you should pump
-Get tips for nursing and pumping when going back to work
Amy Clark is a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Since 1995, Amy has worked in a variety of healthcare fields and brings a wealth of medical knowledge to the Natural Resources team. Amy is dedicated to offering "best practice" guidelines for breastfeeding and infant nutrition, as well as realistic goals for families.
Beth Rees is a practicing doula and educator serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006. She works with moms/parents, partners and families in developing support tools that reflect the uniqueness and needs for that particular family and transition in a compassionate, nonjudgmental, mom/family centered space. Doula Beth is a Certified Doula (Natural Resources) & Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor (CLEC via UC San Diego). She has special training with Five Flavors Herbs and American School of Herbalism, Gail Tully of Spinning Babies, Rachel Yellin in “Supporting the Hypnosis-Based Birth,” “Tracking Spirit in the Birth Environment” with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D, and UCSD Extension Lactation Educators certification with Gini Baker, RN, IBCLC, MPH, and Elizabeth Davis’ “Heart & Hands” midwifery intensive. Doula Beth is experienced in perinatal herbal medicine, acupressure, moxabustion, labor and breastfeeding massage, breastfeeding support, newborn care and parenting, mindfulness meditation, breath and vocalization techniques, and postpartum nutrition. Beth creates home in San Francisco with her spouse and 16 yr. old bonus son.