When pregnant with my first baby I was cautiously optimistic that my years of work in early childhood education had prepared me for parenthood. What a humbling experience it was to quickly discover that I was actually tremendously under-prepared for breastfeeding, postpartum healing, and becoming a mother!

I had a lot to learn, and I needed help. We all do. After all, we were never meant to do motherhood alone; we were meant to have a village...

Shelley Halloran

Birth and new parenthood seem beautifully designed to crack us open; challenging our capacity, stretching our limits, and teaching us with every breath as we step into the new identity of mother. While I could not have imagined the changes, I am so thankful for how motherhood has transformed me.

As modern women we still need traditional wisdom; indeed it can help us thrive during this threshold time. I provide unique service options with the goal of making this type of comprehensive support easily accessible for the 21st century parent.  My role is to empower, support, educate, and nurture your new family.

Beyond my roles as a Lactation Counselor and Postpartum Doula, I am a wife, and mother to two children. I am a yogi, a cook, and an animal lover. I adore traveling, historical fiction, music, hot tea, and time spent with my friends and family.

I hope you find this space supportive, inspiring, and uplifting as you navigate your journey.

- Shelley Halloran

CREDENTIALS

  • Bachelors degree in Developmental Psychology
  • Masters in Early Childhood Development/Education
  • Preschool, Special Education, and Elementary school teacher experience
  • Certified Lactation Counselor
  • Certified Postpartum Doula

My great calling is supporting you and baby in this special time of transition, blending evidence-based information with intuitive care. 

why work with a lactation counselor?

Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t always come naturally!  Did you know that of the women who wean before six weeks, over 80% actually wanted to continue breastfeeding? Why are so many women struggling to breastfeed as originally planned?

The current model of care doesn’t provide the education or support you need to meet your breastfeeding goals after you leave the hospital. My unique in-home and virtual support options provide the continuity of care you need to have a healthy and enjoyable breastfeeding experience. During our sessions there is no judgment or pressure. There is only reassuring and compassionate evidence-based guidance designed to meet you at any and all points of your breastfeeding journey.

IN-HOME BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: $150

We will cover a wide range of topics in your private (in-home or virtual) breastfeeding class, which lasts 1.5-2 hours. The information discussed will be specifically tailored to your personal breastfeeding concerns and goals. This 1:1 environment gives you a chance to learn, gain confidence, and ask every question you ever had about breastfeeding. As a bonus, you will even receive a free copy of my Best Start to Breastfeeding eBook.

We will explore topics like the basics of breastfeeding, breast anatomy, hunger cues, diaper outputs, birth/hospital stay, latching/positioning, obstacles to successful breastfeeding, supplies/equipment, and so much more!

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Breastfeeding Consultations: $150

If you are having breastfeeding challenges, a home visit lasting 1.5-2 hours, is right for you. A home visit is ideal for newborn breastfeeding concerns and for issues with latch or positioning, pain while breastfeeding, nipple damage, or abnormal newborn weight gain. A home visit allows me to take a full health history of you and baby, observe a feeding, and address all of your breastfeeding questions. I’ll provide you with immediate guidance, strategies, and support, and will leave you with a feeding plan and resources for moving forward.

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VIRTUAL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Breastfeeding Helpline: $65

Do you have breastfeeding questions that don’t necessarily require an in-person appointment? My virtual sessions last 30 minutes or more and take place by phone. We can explore topics such as sleep, teething, solids, weaning, clogged ducts/mastitis, allergies in the breastfed baby, pumping, returning to work, partner support, natural-term breastfeeding, tandem breastfeeding, etc. The list is endless and I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey! *

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Breastfeeding/Early Parenting Email Support: Package of 5 ($75) or 10 ($150)

This virtual support package is perfect for quick questions that you’d rather not ask Dr. Google! Example topics include bottle introduction, tummy time, newborn gas, milk storage guidelines, fussiness, diet while breastfeeding, medications while breastfeeding, etc. I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey!

All messages will be responded to ASAP, but always by the end of the day. You can use your package at any point during your breastfeeding journey.

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*Please understand that while many questions can be answered virtually, if I feel that the health and safety of either you or your baby requires an in-person appointment I reserve the right to recommend an additional in-person consult with either me or an appropriate healthcare provider.

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postpartum doula support
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why do i need postpartum doula support?

What if women and their newborns were universally cared for; if this were considered a necessity rather than a luxury? From Morocco to the Netherlands, there are cultures around the world that prioritize rest, nourishment, bonding, and recovery post-birth. It’s a time to be surrounded by a circle of female friends and relatives who teach newborn care, share homemade meals, and offer healing rituals.

Sadly, in America, many families operate without a village. Therefore, they find themselves isolated, exhausted, and receiving postpartum mental health diagnoses. Sound familiar? When we hit the bounds of our limits, it’s time to call in reinforcements. Getting help is not a sign of weakness!

I believe that nurturing new families is the key to thriving women, babies, and communities. It is time to better support our new families and bring this traditional care back to modern women in the U.S. I offer unique support options designed to guide modern women into the role of mother.

IN-HOME POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT

Starting in September 2020!

Prenatal Postpartum Planning Session: $100

We will cover a wide range of topics in your private (in-home or virtual) postpartum planning session, which lasts 1.5-2 hours. The information discussed will be specifically tailored to your personal situation as you prepare for the postpartum period. This 1:1 environment gives you a chance to learn, plan, gain confidence, and ask every question you ever had about postpartum healing and caring for a newborn. As a bonus, you will even receive a free copy of my Prepare for Postpartum Ebook. 

We will explore topics like what to expect of your postpartum body, healing rituals, newborn care, how to prepare a postpartum plan, creating a registry, nutrition during postpartum, mental health, etc.

Postpartum Breastfeeding Package: $220

This option is ideal for clients who wish to receive both thorough breastfeeding support AND postpartum doula support services. It includes one, 1.5-2 hour in-person breastfeeding consultation and one, 2 hour doula session.

Postpartum Doula Services: $38/hour

If you’re looking for in-home support during your postpartum period, doula services are right for you. Doula sessions last 2-3 hours and are designed to “mother the mother,” helping mama to recover optimally and to thrive post-baby.  Each doula session is tailored to the immediate needs of the mother and new family. During our time together I will provide support with mom’s physical healing, emotional transition, newborn care, older sibling adjustment, postpartum nutrition/wellness, and so much more. I’m also able to attend to basic household tasks like cooking, laundry, and light cleaning or to attend healthcare appointments with you.

Please be advised that limited breastfeeding support is provided during postpartum doula sessions. For thorough breastfeeding support please choose one of the support options listed in the breastfeeding specific section of this website. OR choose the “Postpartum Breastfeeding Package.”

VIRTUAL POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT

Available now!

Early Parenting Helpline $35

Do you have questions about life with your new baby that don’t necessarily require an in-person appointment? My virtual sessions last 30 minutes or more and take place by phone. We can explore topics such as birth trauma processing, newborn care, postpartum wellness, sleep, postpartum mental health, developmental milestones, returning to work, etc. The list is endless and I’m here to support you throughout your journey! *

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Breastfeeding/Early Parenting Email Support: Package of 5 or 10 $75 or $150

This virtual support package is perfect for quick questions that you’d rather not ask Dr. Google! Example topics include bottle introduction, tummy time, newborn gas, milk storage guidelines, newborn fussiness, diet while breastfeeding, medications while breastfeeding, etc. The list is endless and I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey!

All messages will be responded to ASAP, but always by the end of the day. You can use emails from your package at any point during your breastfeeding journey. *

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*Please understand that while many questions can be answered virtually, if I feel that the health and safety of either you or your baby requires an in-person appointment I reserve the right to recommend an additional in-person consult with either me or an appropriate healthcare provider.

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gift certificates

Have a friend or family member whose expecting or whom has recently had a new baby?! Looking for a gift that will make an impact? New moms get plenty of onesies, but a gift card for breastfeeding or postpartum services gifts women with support in experiencing a healthy, happy, and confident start to life with new baby.

Purchase a gift card for my services today! Simply chooose your preferred amount below, and you will receive a high quality print PDF gift certificate that your loved one can use for the support they need.

prepare with my helpful ebooks!

Overwhelmed with conflicting advice about breastfeeding or postpartum? Want to be prepared and educated but don’t know where to start? Looking for an easy-to-read, non-judgmental guide you can easily access whenever questions arise?

Your Breastfeeding Guide
Your Breastfeeding Guide

Everything you need for a successful start to breastfeeding. From tips for your hospital stay, to latching 101, my guide will empower you with the knowledge, pro-tips, and resources you’ll need to turn your breastfeeding goals into reality.

postpartum guide
Your Postpartum Guide

The resource you need to prepare for postpartum recovery and your life with a newborn. As a postpartum doula and mom who's been there, this guide is full of expert tips to help you navigate the postpartum period with confidence.

shelley halloran review

"As a first-time mom I knew I needed additional lactation support. I always had a goal of breastfeeding, but my baby had a tongue tie so a proper latch was a struggle from the beginning. Shelley was so helpful—from in person consultations, questions over the phone, and even text messages. Since I was in dire pain for weeks there were many times I wanted to look at other feeding options. Shelley knew my long-term goal and she continued to help us physically and emotionally. My baby has been successfully breastfeeding for almost a year, and to this day I am still thankful we had Shelley's help.

Shelley truly has a passion for babies’ and mothers’ care. She is an excellent postpartum and lactation resource and I highly recommend her!"

Lisa

shelley halloran review

"Shelley was very supportive while I was trying to breastfeed my daughter. Being a first-time mom, I had lots of questions, and was unsure if breastfeeding was something I could be successful at. With Shelley’s support, I worked on latching my daughter and we found our rhythm!

Now my baby is 5 months old, and I have been able to exclusively breastfeed her! I’ve gained so much more confidence with my daughter and it’s really benefitted my relationship with her."

Kelly

shelley halloran review

"I reached out to Shelley after having my first baby. I was in the hospital for 4 days and was able to see the lactation consultants there but knew I still needed breastfeeding help. The day I got home from the hospital I contacted Shelley and she came to my home the very next day!

Shelley observed a feeding and made a few slight adjustments. This took away a lot of stress! She gave me suggestions that hadn’t been brought up by either consultant I saw in the hospital, and they worked! Within a few days of using the techniques Shelley taught me, my baby was successfully breastfeeding. A few months later, I reached out to Shelley again, and she helped me with strategies for introducing a bottle to my baby. Her suggestions really helped with my transition back to work!

I could not recommend Shelley more! Not only is she well informed and extremely effective, she is a kind person who is genuinely happy helping her clients find success with feeding their new baby!"

Anna

shelley halloran review

"At my daughter’s two-week check-up we found out she had stopped gaining weight. I was shocked and immediately started to worry about what I was doing wrong.

Feeling anxious and overwhelmed I reached out to Shelley and she saw me that same day! We talked over what could be causing the issues with weight gain. Together we figured out the cause of the problem, and Shelley gave me guidance and came up with a plan for my baby and I. Within one week my daughter was gaining weight and within three weeks my milk supply was back up!

It can be so overwhelming figuring out those first few weeks with a newborn and that is only compounded by any challenges you face along the way.
I am so thankful I had Shelley’s help to get things back on track, ease my anxiety, and help me to enjoy those early days.

-Rachel

Rachel