Preparing for Your Appointment

Preparing for Your Appointment

Please feed your baby lightly in the hour prior to the appointment. We want your baby to be calm, comfortable, awake and ready to feed during the appointment. are preparing for an appointment to make things better.

I am an empathetic and compassionate person. I am ready for anything and you will feel better after we meet.

I have been in your exact position with three babies. Also, I have been working with parents just like you for more than 20 years. I will do all I can to help you feel comfortable, confident and successful.

If you are feeling anxious and sweaty, if you have any questions or problems, call or text me at 845-750-4402. We will find a solution to whatever is happening. 


I will not judge you.

I am a professional and my only interest is in seeing you happily breastfeeding, or however you want to be feeding, your baby.

I will not judge your marital status, partner, or baby. I will not judge your boobs, nipples, baby weight, messy bun, makeup or lack of it, pajamas or tears. Whether it's chaotic, messy, or overclean, I will not judge your home. 

I do not judge how you are feeding your baby: breastfeeding or fed with your milk, donor milk or formula. Keep your baby feeding so they can grow and feed better.
I birthed, breastfed and raised 3 children. My first days-weeks-months as a mother were filled with physical pain, overwhelm, tears and chaos, probably much like what you are experiencing. I appreciate the complexity of your experience.

You do not need to apologize for anything.


You will receive the Client Intake- Dyad form in your appointment confirmation email. If you didn't get it, here is a link Client Intake - Dyad Please complete the form prior to your appointment. The form takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

If you are busy, I will remind you with another email. If you are still busy, I will call or text you. If the form is not complete, we will use appointment time to do it.

Again, no need to apologize. You have a new baby and they need your attention.


What to bring, or have ready.

  1. Your baby or babies 
  2. Nipple shield, feeding tube or supplementers, if using them.
  3. Bottle of milk, if your baby is not breastfeeding well. 
  4. Pump, if you are pumping, with the necessary parts.
  5. Diaper bag
  6. Snack for yourself. 
  7. If you are paying cash or check, bring your wallet or check book. 

I encourage your support person (husband, wife, partner, or mother) to attend your consult. 


Telehealth Consultations

You will receive the telehealth link for your virtual appointment in the email confirming your appointment. I use a HIPAA compliant Google Meet platform.

  • You do not need a Gmail account on your computer. The link will open in any browser.
  • You may need to install the Google Meet app on your phone.
  • If you use Gmail, Meet is available right in your email app.


Camera Operator, if you can

For a stress-less session, please do your best to have a camera operator during the consultation. They do not need to be tech savvy. They just need to aim the camera so I can see things. We can use as many cameras as you have devices. 

Again, don't get all sweaty and anxious. If you can't find someone, we can make it work.

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Ella B.

My son was born with a lip and tongue time, and even after his procedure, nursing was extremely painful. I would cry and clench my fists during every feeding, staring at the timer until 20 minutes were up so I could give myself permission to unlatch my son. Feeding him was a huge burden and caused me a great deal of anxiety because of how much it hurt.

I worked with Donna during the first few months of my son's life. I went from dreading nursing, to nursing on demand thanks to her support.

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