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Found 4 Pros in Asheville, NC, USA | Lactation support
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Mikaela Ossa

Asheville, NC

0 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

Mikaela strives to offer a highly personalized birth experience by mindfully tuning in to each of her clients’ individual needs. Mikaela understands just how intimate and transformative the process that comes with bringing life into the world is, and it’s because of this that she does not believe in a “one size fits all” approach. Mikaela supports her clients and their families with compassion and respect, and believes in the sacredness of birth.

Care philosophy

Coming from a background in Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Medicine, I believe in a holistic approach to birth work. Striving for individualized, inclusive care. I lead with empathy, kindness and respect.

Areas served

  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
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Molly Rouse

Burnsville, NC

6 reviews • 75 families supported • 11 years experience

6 reviews • 75 families supported • 11 years experience

I have a background in cultural anthropology, which I taught at the college level when I traveled through conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum for the first time. After my son was born in 2007, my life took a turn towards my heart work, and I have been a postpartum doula in Western North Carolina since 2009. I currently serve families IN PERSON (focusing on Ayurvedic cooking for postpartum recovery and breastmilk production). I also have various ONLINE OFFERINGS including VIRTUAL COACHING for parents during the first 3 months of their baby's life, BIRTH STORY HEALING for either partner, and ONLINE COURSES for expectant couples.

Care philosophy

I believe that the 4th Trimester is too neglected in our society and I seek to elevate it through honoring the transition to parenthood, caring for the birthing parent with the wisdom of Ayurveda, teaching new parents how to understand their baby and build a stable foundation for their family.

Areas served

  • Asheville
  • Mars Hill
  • Burnsville
  • Spruce Pine
  • Weaverville


  • Molly
    February 22, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Shannon. My time supporting you all was special indeed!

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Tanya Jennings

Marshall, NC

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

I have worked with parents and families for over 20 years and stepped fully into the birth world in October of 2020. I love supporting families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum and am unique in that I can be a support for your family during the first 5 years after birth! In addition to doula care, I hold a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and can help parents navigate parenthood in those early years.

Care philosophy

Every woman should feel empowered to trust the natural functions of their body! I can help you self advocate for yourself during this journey and support with evidence based care and love.

Areas served

  • Madison, Buncombe and Yancey counties


  • Jennifer
    March 12, 2021 at 10:19 am | Client review

    Tanya decreased so much of my stress and worry and thought of so much to provide loving care and nourishment.

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Ari Weaver

Asheville, NC

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 3 years experience

I became a birth and postpartum doula in 2018 after the birth of my nephew. I also became a certified lactation consultant in 2019. I support birthing persons and their partners before, during and after birth. The support I provide includes 3-4 prenatal visits where we discuss birth preferences, education about the birth process, logistical planning around when to go to the hospital or birthing center, and more. I also help birthing people prepare for their postpartum healing and breastfeeding (if they choose to) because studies show, the more thought and planning you put into the postpartum time, the easier it is. In-labor support includes techniques and practices to ease physical, emotional, and mental discomfort during the labor process. Follow-up visits help with post-birth questions and further support, if needed. My support is non-judgmental and accepting of the birthing person's vision. I provide resources as needed and answers to questions that may come up in decision-making processes.

Care philosophy

A person's pregnancy, labor, and postpartum healing should be informed, supported, and sacred. My goal is to support pregnant people who know their boundaries and philosophy of birth. My goal is that no birthing person feels mistreated, misunderstood, or alone. Birth and postpartum is meant to be a beautiful time of strength and transformation. With the proper care team, this is possible.

Areas served

  • Asheville, NC


  • Diana
    December 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm | Client review

    “Arielle was essential in the birth of our baby. She was very responsive throughout my pregnancy (especially via text), and she often encouraged me to get in touch with her for any ache, pain, or minor worry. She is also a great research buddy and would help me look into things and send me articles from good sources. She was incredible in the hospital. My son’s birth was very intense; I was induced because of preeclampsia and went through 42 hours of labor, the induction failed, and I needed an emergency C-section. Ari slept in a chair and held my hand during some of the worst contractions. She really advocated for me with the doctors when they were skeptical of my requests–and she helped me advocate for myself.

    Ari continued to be a source of support for us months after our baby arrived. She helped adjust his latch and gave me great tips about breastfeeding, and she worked with me to get our apartment organized before my return to work. We were so lucky to find her–and are so lucky to have her in our lives!”

Lactation Consultant: FAQs

A certified lactation consultant is a professional that helps parents address and solve their breastfeeding problems. Many new parents believe that breastfeeding is easy, only to find more obstacles than anticipated. 92% of parents say they are having problems with breastfeeding their new baby within only 3 days.

Nursing doesn’t always come naturally.

Breastfeeding can be overwhelming and all-consuming. A lactation consultant in Asheville, NC can identify issues such as low milk supply, latching problems, or nipple engorgement. They also offer advice and techniques to help parents understand existing issues, improve how they read their baby’s cues, and feel empowered about breastfeeding despite existing social norms.

Every parent’s journey is unique, and there might be specific challenges or obstacles in your particular situation. The ultimate goal of a lactation consultant is to support parents who choose to breastfeed their children. A lactation consultant in Asheville, NC can often save parents time and energy, and also give them some peace of mind.

Many mothers also face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace or lack the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed correctly. A lactation consultant in Asheville, NC can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, and solve latching, positioning, and scheduling issues.

To find a lactation specialist in Asheville, NC, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified lactation experts near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many lactation specialists as you wish and hire a lactation consultant with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a lactation consultant. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted experts Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated lactation specialists near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of lactation consultants: In a few hours, you will have a collection of lactation consultants near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each lactation specialist to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a lactation consultant with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top choices. Hire your top lactation specialist and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a lactation consultant, you can also browse the available professionals near you in Asheville, NC and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the lactation consultants you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three lactation consultants before hiring a lactation specialist near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified lactation specialist near you and start getting the care you deserve.

The cost of a lactation consultant can vary based on a variety of factors, including their experience, their services, and their skills or specializations. Overall, the average cost of a lactation consultant in Asheville, NC is $185 per hour based on a survey of 120 lactation specialists in the Asheville, NC area.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance companies should be covering the cost of lactation services. However, there are a number of factors that determine whether insurance will cover the cost of a certified lactation consultant in Asheville, NC. You should contact your insurance company for more information.

Here are some factors to consider regarding insurance and your lactation consultant cost:

  • Your insurance provider
  • Your individual health plan
  • The type of lactation specialist
  • The specific service provided

Meela’s network of lactations specialists in Asheville, NC offer both in-home lactation support sessions or virtual lactation support sessions. Both types of sessions typically last between 1 and 3 hours. In your sessions, your lactation specialist will spend time understanding the issues you are facing and work with you and your baby to diagnose the issues have and also provide specific guidance and hands-on practice and exercises.

Lactation consultants help parents understand the best way to comfortably breastfeed their baby and help them navigate breastfeeding social norms. They can also help reduce stress and anxiety about breastfeeding, or help with specific challenges (such as breastfeeding twins, for example). Other parents might just want emotional support that doesn’t currently exist within their family, workplace, or network or friends.

Certified lactation consultants can also help with specialized issues that may arise with premature children or sick children. A parent may not have thought about breastfeeding help until they notice that their baby isn’t gaining weight properly, and finally realize that they might need some support and knowledge before continuing to breastfeed. On the other hand, some parents might prepare with a lactation consultant months before the baby is born.

Whether you are planning ahead or are thinking about a lactation now that you are having breastfeeding issues or concerns, a lactation consultant can be incredibly helpful and useful for parents.

Lactation counselors in Asheville, NC can often help parents with breastfeeding and offer breastfeeding advice, training, and troubleshooting. Many of these counselors have taken the CLC exam, or the Certified Lactation Counselor exam. A certified lactation counselor has typically undergone 45 hours of training.

On the other hand, a certified lactation consultant in Asheville, NC has undergone a specific amount of clinical training hours, which is not a requirement to become a lactation counselor. These lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, as well. A lactation consultant typically has a bachelor’s degree in a health field and has undergone 90 hours of training and has somewhere between 300 and 1,000 hours of experience with parents.

Lactation consultants in Asheville, NC are often working with other healthcare teams in collaboration with postpartum nurses to ensure that parents understand how to breastfeed their babies. Both lactation consultants and lactation counselors can provide support, develop feeding plans, and offer actionable advice with respect to breastfeeding.

The best approach is for parents to hire a lactation specialist early in their pregnancy so that they can help you prepare both mentally and physically. Parents don’t need to wait until your baby is born to begin thinking about breastfeeding support and education.

Some parents might be anxious about breastfeeding in public or feel like they want access to a breastfeeding expert to help both inform and support them. A lactation consultant in Asheville, NC can also help young professional parents schedule their breastfeeding efficiently so that they can return to work quicker, while others might specialize in helping with breastfeeding anxiety issues.

It is never too late to hire a certified lactation consultant in Asheville, NC. These breastfeeding consultants can also offer emotional breastfeeding support that can be valuable to those who lack family or workplace support. A lactation consultant can also be critical in identifying warning signs that might indicate more serious growth or developmental issues.

There are many documented benefits to breastfeeding, and parents often believe that it will be an easy and natural experience. Unfortunately, many parents run into issues such as low milk supply, nipple engorgement, or latching problems that can affect their baby’s health. These lactation specialists can be useful for troubleshooting, advice, or emotional support.

Certified lactation consultants can strengthen the bond between parents and their babies through breastfeeding advice, tips, and support. This might include showing parents how to help their baby latch properly, establishing feeding schedules, or dealing with sore nipples or engorgement. A lactation consultant can help new parents better understand their baby’s needs in general, and monitor the baby’s growth and development.

Lactation specialists in Asheville, NC also offer emotional support and help parents breastfeed more efficiently so that they can get back to work and allow them to better manage expectations. Many parents face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace, or do not have the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed properly and with care. These expert consultants can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, while also solving issues such as latching, positioning, and scheduling.

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