Freda Rosenfeld, Lactation Consultant and Goddess

A brief digression from all the food talk, if you’ll allow…

In today’s New York Times, there’s a profile of lactation consultant Freda Rosenfeld. She is a goddess, people. This is the woman who, after four previous LCs couldn’t figure out what Harry and I were doing wrong, was able to fix our problems. To help Harry’s latch and suck, she taught us baby-mouth exercises to do with him, including one Freda called the “Jim Carrey” (picture his ridiculously huge mouth in The Mask). To help my supply, I drank a mixture of herbal teas and tinctures she concocted for me. She diagnosed my thrush when my OB hadn’t a clue, and then helped me cure it. And I called her every morning for a good two weeks, until we had all our problems addressed.

When I was crying every day (literally–those hormones are ridic) and afraid I was going to fly off into the ether, Freda tethered me to the ground. At the same time, she did the same thing for probably a dozen other women, yet somehow made me feel like she was always there when I needed her. Even while she was in Israel for the High Holy Days, Freda was unavailable only for the days when observance required it; otherwise, we communicated via email.

A few months ago, I had the distinct pleasure of taking Freda out for lunch. I wanted her guidance for the galactagogues chapter of Parents Need to Eat Too, my new cookbook. We spent 90 minutes talking about what kinds of foods are helpful, what kinds she knows from experience are helpful even though there’s absolutely no science to prove it, and oh so much more.

I love this woman. If you’re having trouble breastfeeding, call her RIGHT NOW.

That is all.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. DailyChef

    Wow – sounds like Frede really helped you get through a turbulent time. I'm really glad that you were able to figure out a solution! Definitely something that most people don't consider when thinking about raising kids…

  2. marthaandme

    I wish I had known her when I was nursing. It was such a huge, huge challenge. And there wasn't a lot of help to had.

  3. help007

    I have heard such great things about her. How can you find her contact information? I would happily pay to talk or email with her.

  4. debbie koenig

    007, if you Google her you'll get a phone number within the first hit or two. She's an observant Jew so she probably won't get back to you before Sunday, though. Good luck!

  5. Christie

    I so wish I would have known her when I was breastfeeding my first, almost 5 years ago. We ended up making it through a combined 28 months of breastfeeding with two children and zero formula, but not without lots and lots of tears on my part, pain, discomfort, infections, etc. My LC was very sweet and supportive, but never did figure out what the issue was. Somehow, it all just resolved on its own after 9 weeks.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Oh Christie, ugh. I’m so sorry you went through all that–but kudos for 2+ years of breastfeeding! Yowza.

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