My name is Carmen Baker and I am a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. (IBCLC) I have been helping moms breastfeed their babies since 1998, first as a La Leche League Leader and working in private practice doing home visits as an IBCLC since 2005. I have a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Art and Archaelogy.
My sons, born in 1991, 1994, 1996 and 2000, have been my inspiration. They taught me so much about breastfeeding, its joys and its challenges. Through these experiences I realized there was a clear need for excellent and knowledgeable breastfeeding support in the Northern New Jersey area.
I am passionate about the work I do. I love nurturing new families through their new beginning and find solutions that suit their needs.
Home Visit Lactation Care
During a home visit we will do a maternal, infant and feeding assessment. Taking a pre and post feeding weight of your baby to determine exact amount of milk transferred during the feeding. I will help with latch and positioning best suited for mom and baby. I will share information on normal newborn baby behaviors, infant states and feeding cues. Lastly, you will be given a care plan reviewing the details and recommendations of the visit.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
Breastfeeding is a newborn baby behavior. Babies are born to breastfeed. Getting off to a good start breastfeeding can be a smoother process when you understand your newborn. This class covers the basics of breastfeeding: how your body makes milk; how to tell your baby is ready to feed; how do you know your baby is getting enough; how to care for your breasts and nipples; how to continue providing your milk for your baby when you get back to work; and how to incorporate breastfeeding into your everyday life.
Intro To Solid Foods
This program will help you recognize the signs that your baby is ready for the introduction of solid foods and guide you through the process. Remember that every baby is different and starting ages vary from baby to baby. Breastmilk provides complete nutrition for your baby and is given before solids. Gradually babies with be eating a complex variety of solid foods along with their breastfeeding/breastmilk and eventually weaning will be completed.