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Found 5 Pros in Hackensack, NJ, USA | Lactation support
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Daisy Castro

West Orange, NJ

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 10 years experience

I am a labor and postpartum doula. I specialize in postpartum care to help the transition of bringing home your newborn baby.

Care philosophy

Best care for Mama and baby.

Areas served

  • West Orange, NJ
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Kimberly Suarez


1 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

1 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Based in Monmouth County, NJ, Little Sister Doula empowers pregnant people to conquer unmedicated childbirth, overcome past traumatic experiences and societal pressures. In every case, inspiring them to take control of their own mind, body and birth story. Kimberly Suarez is a DONA trained doula whose own experiences inspired her to become a birth coach. A marketing professional from NYC and mother of two, Kimberly decided to pivot into a role that would allow her to talk about birth for a living. She describes the birth of her daughter the most challenging moment in her life, and her son, a high she never truly came down from. She has made it her mission to help women transform their fear into faith while maintaining control of their mind, body, and story.

Care philosophy

We believe that a little sister is someone you can put your trust in. Someone who will uplift you and remind you of what you stand for, no matter what life (or birth) throws your way. You lead the way and we’ll back you up.

Areas served

  • Monmouth County, NJ
  • Colts Neck
  • Red Bank
  • Freehold


  • Kerry
    June 7, 2022 at 3:57 am | Client review

    Little sister doula provided me the confidence and strength to follow through with my birth plan. Kimberly gave guidance without judgement and helped me discover a birth plan that was authentic to me and my values. She was there each step of the way. I’m sure I could have done it without her …but I am certainly glad I didn’t have to!

$ flexible

Aja Humphries

Wallington, NJ

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

I am a mom of two. I’m a DTI and BADT trained full-spectrum doula. I became interested in being a doula after learning what a doula was and wishing I had one for my births! I’ve always been the friend people come to for advice and tips and this field really sparked my passion so it seemed like a natural fit. Being a full spectrum doula I am able to support birthing people thru pregnancy, birth, postpartum, as well as loss. I’m working towards offering conception support and offering prenatal yoga in the near future.

Care philosophy

I believe in caring for, supporting, holding space, and empowering mothers and birthing people. I believe every pregnant person and every type of birth deserves a doula no matter their socioeconomic status, race, creed, sexual orientation, or birth outcome.

Areas served

  • North and Central Jersey


  • Jeannabel
    September 30, 2022 at 11:34 am | Client review

    I felt understood and advocated for! At first, I didn’t know the entire meaning of a doula, but once she came over and taught me all the exercises, a lot cleared up and many of the exercises really helped me feel more comfortable throughout my pregnancy. I was very appreciative! The most amazing part was while in the birth room. The amount of support and comfort provided was absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Wish I would’ve gotten her earlier than I did because the help was truthfully worth it. When you have contractions and the breathing and console physically and emotionally are provided, you feel great! How I was advocated for after birth with helping form the proper questions was also very helpful! I would recommend her anytime! Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! Thank you Aja! ❤️

$ flexible

Donatella Nesti

East Hanover, NJ

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

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Care philosophy

My name is Donatella and I am the mother of 2 great kids! I have a true passion for helping new moms (and dads) experiencing the birth they have always dreamed about and guide them through the art of breastfeeding. I am a Certified Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator & Baby Care Specialist. If I can be of any help, feel free to contact me for any questions! I'd love to meet you😄

Areas served

  • Morris County & Essex County
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Anne Schuchman

Rutherford, NJ

4 reviews • 105 families supported • 10 years experience

4 reviews • 105 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been working as a birth Doula since 2012, and as a postpartum Doula since 2017. I am dona certified for the use of a tens unit in labor, I am a HypnoBirthing Doula, and have completed specialized training in optimal fetal positioning. I am also the former co-leader of the Northern New Jersey chapter of Ican (international cesarean awareness network) and a facilitator of a new parents group. I have four kids of my own, the first born by C-section for failure to progress, and the other three in hospital Vbac. I often say I am not just a Doula, I’m a doula customer! I have attended everything from homebirth two scheduled C-section, so I am very much used to the multiple variations birth can present!

Care philosophy

My goal is to help clients get the information they need to make their own decisions and then I support them any way I can.

Areas served

  • Northern new jersey
  • New York City


  • Christina
    April 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm | Client review

    Anne is an amazing doula! She got me through 3 entirely different births and was there to support me the weeks after as well.
    Anne put me at ease and helped me be excited about the births, especially getting me prepared with my first.
    We encountered some tricky decisions with each birth but she helped me stay level headed. I also feel she took a great amount of pressure off my husband because he knew he wouldn’t be the only one supporting me through the births.
    My first birth was an induction and she helped me use my Hypnobirthing and other methods to keep me relaxed and get me through the labor. My second was SO fast and Anne helped me process my precipitous labor.
    My third was very tricky. I had two ECVs to try to flip him and ended up with an emergency C-Section. I could not have gotten through this experience without Anne! She even supported me afterwards working through what happened with the birth. This helped me greatly and I am forever thankful she was there to listen and hold space while I processed what happened.
    I can only say positive things about Anne! I highly recommend her! I am so grateful and honored that she was a part of my children’s births!

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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ, 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ is $185 per hour based on a survey of 120 lactation specialists in the Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ. 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ 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 Hackensack, NJ. 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 Hackensack, NJ 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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