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Laura Howells, IBCLC has been working with mothers and babies since 2009. She has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2003, and a birth and postpartum doula since 2013. She got her start as a Healthy Babies UK Peer Breastfeeding Supporter, and certified as an IBCLC in 2017.

Laura’s specialties are painful nursing, resolving engorgement, lymphatic drainage, building milk production, induced lactation, breastfeeding multiples and ergonomics. She excels at listening to families tell their stories.

Laura has always been fascinated by birth and breastfeeding, and believes that families know what is best for them. She supports families however they decide to care for their babies.

Laura has experience, and particular interest in, working with LGBTQ families interested in breastfeeding/chestfeeding.

She has two children.

Laura sees clients in the office, at the hospital and in there homes. Her service area includes: Crocket, Hercules, Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Oakland and Alameda. For an extra fee she also travels to East Bay area's outside these area, North Bay or San Francisco.  I can accept AETNA insurrance, please email ahead of appointment for details.

Whereas the lactation consultants I saw tended to focus on how much milk I was producing and other measures of ‘performance,’ Laura was all about listening, empathizing, and simply trying new things until I found what worked. If it hadn’t been for her, I would certainly have given up nursing in the first few weeks. She is truly gifted.
— Carli