With Beverly Solow
Drop in meetings, last Tuesday of the month. Sign up below!
At support meetings, the discussion is driven by whatever questions and concerns mothers have while they sit and nurse their babies. Questions usually center around how to get more comfortable latches and I provide hands-on assistance with positioning and latch-on. We also usually talk about how to know when a baby is feeding well and how to encourage sleepy, nursing babies so mothers can also get more sleep!
I bring a digital baby scale, so that mothers can weigh their babies. I evaluate breastfeeding in the context of good weight gain, and the first priority is that babies get enough to eat.
Pregnant women are welcome at these meetings and will get to see good latch on practice and recognize the difference between sucking and swallowing at the breast. In addition to the breastfeeding support, community building happens at these meetings, at a unique time in a woman’s life. It’s important for new mothers to be able to get together and
complain- and to know that they are not alone and things will get better! Exchanging contact info is encouraged. Sometimes groups form that continue meeting until the kids go off to school!
Beverly Solow has been helping nursing mothers in New York City for 27 years. After becoming a mother in 1987, she left her 15 year career at the US Customs Service and trained at Beth Israel Medical Center to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
She made this significant career change because she loved breastfeeding her own children, but also found the transition to motherhood to be challenging. Bev wanted to do something professionally to help new mothers make that transition. Shortly after her daughter was born in 1991, Bev became board certified as a lactation consultant. She provides home visits and support meetings to help women enjoy breastfeeding.
Bev has lived in Inwood for 31 years and raised her family here. She remembers the first years of Muscota, Pied Piper Children’s Theater, and the Halloween gathering in the park that started about 30 years ago!