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Found 6 Pros in Toms River, NJ, USA | Lactation support
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Chris Graves


3 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 18 families supported • 2 years experience

I am a mother of 4 adult children. Raising them has been the joy of my life. I have a passion for serving others and have spent my life working with families and children several roles. I was a sign language interpreter when my children were young, I eventually began working in family ministry. Two years ago I decided to take a leap of faith and follow my passion to support moms, dads and babies. Part of that decision comes from the lack of support I felt when my children were born. Not that my husband of now 28 years wasn’t great, because he was. But we were not informed and felt run over by the medical system in woman’s health. So my desire is to make sure no new mom’s ever feel alone, always feel like they have the right to choose, and feel informed to make educated choices surrounding their pregnancy, birth and postpartum!

Care philosophy

It is my belief that people have the right to choose how and where they birth their baby. They have the right to have a trauma free birth experience. A birth that they can look back on with joy. I see myself not only as a support person but also and an advocate and educator.

Areas served

  • Cherry hill, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, philly


  • Robyn
    July 15, 2024 at 6:34 am | Client review

    Chris was an absolute God send for me and my husband the first few weeks after I gave birth. She would stay overnight with us a few days a week and became a crucial part of our routine as new parents. She would provide us with her professional opinion when we asked and would check in on us during the day after she left. She truly cared for our whole family and it was so nice to have someone we trusted so much care for our newborn. You will be in great hands with Chris!

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Laura J


3 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience


Care philosophy

Gentle Soul Doula, our motivation stems from a deep commitment to creating a safe and comforting environment for mothers, where they feel heard, respected, and deeply cared for. Having served a diverse range of clients in New Jersey, Gentle Soul Doula is dedicated to empowering mothers and ensuring they have a positive and memorable birthing experience.

Areas served

  • New Jersey


  • Rebekka
    March 5, 2024 at 7:30 am | Client review

    I hired her in the beginning of my pregnancy to be my birth doula and as we carrried along she was so good and informative i also hired her as a postpartum doula as well!! she helped me the whole time and was so kind and helped so much during labor making sure my birth plan stayed in place

$ flexible
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Lauren Cooper

Cherry Hill, NJ

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

As a birth doula, Lauren is on a mission to help families feel empowered and supported with care, love, and respect as they prepare to experience childbirth. It is a goal of hers to help women learn to trust in their beautiful, strong bodies in order to gain the confidence needed to realize their own physical and emotional potential. By living out this goal, she strives to provide comfort and knowledgeable support in order to remove the fear that is associated with birth today. The moment that a baby is born is joyous, magical, and wondrous, and it is her wish for all families to experience the birth of their babies as fully as possible.

Care philosophy

Lauren Cooper is a Certified Lactation Support Counselor and a DONA International trained birth doula whose passion is to support families' birth in awareness. Lauren has trust in, and respect for women and their capabilities in childbirth. It's a mission of her's to encourage every birthing person to trust their strong and sacred bodies during the natural process of childbirth.

Areas served

  • South Jersey
  • Central Jersey
  • Philadelphia
  • Delaware


  • Larriesa
    September 13, 2022 at 11:02 am | Client review

    From the moment I met Lauren, I knew I had to have her on our birth team. She was so knowledgeable and confident in her answers and I could feel her genuineness while we had our meet and greet session. I felt like her price was very affordable for my family and in the end was worth every dollar of the investment. Lauren was there for us every step of the way with any questions we had, creating a birth plan, practicing relaxation techniques and helped create that comfortable space for us about the anxiety of birth. The moment I went into labor I called Lauren and within 2 hours she was at our hospital that was in the total opposite direction from her area and got there as quickly as possible. I felt so relieved when I saw her and she got right to work with guiding me through each contraction reminding me to focus on my breath and told me “I gotta get you moving” in my mind I’m like I do not want to move but I know she was right so we got to it. Lauren was so supportive of all our decisions and provided any education that we requested. I was so glad that not only did we get a doula but that chose Lauren. We would’ve literally been lost without her. She educated us so well on our rights and what choices we had in our birth which was extremely important. I’d recommend Lauren to anyone who wants to have top tier support and professionalism for their birth!

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Nicole Spearman Akwe, CD

Bayonne, NJ

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been providing birthing support, assistance, and care since 2013 nationally across the United States with a specialty in birth/miscarriage/abortion aftercare. So far, I have attended 4 births and have provided prenatal and post-partum services for over 10+ women. I am walking in my calling and I believe that all women deserve to have affordable support and care during birth. I am an African-American certified Muslim doula and I'm willing to work with all walks of life, religions, and cultures. I am so excited to meet new mothers!

Care philosophy

My name is Nicole Spearman Akwe, CD and I am a certified doula through Ancient Song Doula Services.I am certified in abortions, prenatal care, post partum care, miscarriages, inductions, and live births. I am excited to help pregnant persons through emotional, psychological, and spiritual support. I am excited to provide little-to-no-cost doula care for the greater New Jersey and New York area. I

Areas served

  • Southern New Jersey
  • Central New Jersey
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Long Island
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
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Kimberly Suarez


1 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

1 reviews • 12 families supported • 1 years experience

Based in Monmouth County, Little Sister Doula provides pregnancy, birth and lactation services for new and expecting families. We work with you and your support team to achieve a positive birth experience by giving you the tools and confidence to advocate for yourself. Kimberly Suarez is a DONA certified doula and certified lactation counselor 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 her passion 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 labor) throws your way. You lead the way and I’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!


Stephanie Cohen


0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a mother of 2, familiar with medicalized birth and home deliveries. I have a passion for learning and educating, and am a studying nutritionist.

Care philosophy

Birth should be a cohesive system that comes from a loving and confident place.

Areas served

  • NJ, parts of PA and DE
  • NJ, some parts of PA and DE

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