Personalized breastfeeding support in your home

Looking for help with breastfeeding? You’ve come to the right place!

Shelly Taft

Hi, I'm Shelly

I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Doula, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  Based in Worcester County, MA, I’ve been supporting new families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2007.  

I know that every parent is different, so I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to lactation help.  I will work with you to develop a breastfeeding plan that works for your life and your family.  

I’m usually available on short notice, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.  After all, babies don’t check the calendar! 

When I’m not doing home visits for breastfeeding help, I work as a lactation consultant at UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester.  You can also find me teaching childbirth, breastfeeding, and TummyTime! classes at various hospitals and sites in Worcester County, MA

I’ve supported more than a thousand families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and I’d be honored to help you, too.

every baby deserves optimal nutrition

Most health insurance companies will reimburse you for my services; Aetna and Unicare subscribers have no out-of-pocket costs for my visits

“Breastmilk is like the well that never stops giving.”

Titilayo Medunoye

What my clients say

I am extremely grateful for Shelly and her continued support and wisdom. I highly recommend Shelly’s services to all breastfeeding mothers!
Brianna G.
I'm so grateful that I found her, she was a comfort during a really stressful time, and only wish I had seen her sooner instead of the doctors who failed to help my son.
Alicia M.
Shelly has been an amazing resource for all things breastfeeding and lactation related! She is very knowledgeable, professional, easy to contact and quick to respond— there isn’t much more a confused new mom and fussy newborn could ask for!
Rebecca A.
Breastfeeding in Public
breastfeeding in public
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Breastfeeding in Public

Nursing in public CAN be very awkward, at least in the beginning. When you and your baby are learning to latch, it’s nearly impossible to coordinate the positioning and latching without feeling like you are letting your business hang out for the world to see.

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skin to skin tips
Breastfeeding Tips
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Skin to Skin: When to Do It, And Why

The benefits of skin to skin are many for mom and baby. Think of it this way – we are not like horses, we don’t give birth and see our babies running around two hours later. Our babies are born helpless, and they don’t realize they are born in the time of stroller and car seats, swings, etc. So for babies, they are expecting to be held. A lot. Skin to skin is where they are biologically wired to be. It is nature’s way of protecting baby.

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