Breast milk is the ideal food for your baby. It is created with the exact composition of what your baby needs as he or she grows. We believe that the best time to begin breastfeeding is in the minutes and hours immediately following your birth. We recognize that it may take time and effort to learn to breastfeed. We offer breastfeeding support as new moms and babies learn this skill.
Learning to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is an art that can be learned through time, effort and dedication. The Babycatcher Midwifery staff will provide information, education, support and encouragement to make your breastfeeding experience successful. If desired a breastfeeding class is offered for our clients to help succeed with breastfeeding.
Maria Parlapiano RN, IBCLC, established the premier lactation center of NJ in 1996. Since then, she has successfully supported a holistic and mindful approach to breastfeeding and parenting.
“My goal is to ease the worry which can often accompany bringing home a newborn by offering timely advise and creative solutions,” says Maria, “resulting in a positive experience for everyone involved.”
Maria understand the unique needs of each mother and baby, mindfully guiding them through physical issues such as discomfort, milk supply, infant weight gain, twins/triplets, special need infants, sleep, starting solid foods, pumping, working and finally weaning. As well as all the emotional issues surrounding this tremendous life-altering change. She is known in the tri-state area as one of the top consultants for evaluation of upper lip ties, anterior/posterior tongue-ties and structural issues including post revision/release care & feeding.
Maria Parlapiano, RN IBCLC, was a clinical instructor for the AHS Pediatric Residency Program and was a columnist for The Motherhood publication. She has been profiled in the American Journal of Nursing, New York Times, Daily Record, Courier News and featured on ABC News, EBRUTV and Channel 13. Maria is a frequent speaker and contributing writer for maternal/child health issues on both the community and professional levels. Maria is an active member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals (IATP) and International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). She has three grown children.
Maria will be teaching classes the first Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm at the Babycatcher Midwifery Center.
- breastfeeding classes
- newborn and infant care classes
- baby weaning classes
- free and open to public
- classes on sleep, starting solids, working and breastfeeding, weaning