Credentials/Training: Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), 2013; Uzazi Village Postpartum Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training, 2016
Additional Education: GOLD Lactation Conference, plus tongue tie add-on segment, 2015
Eliminating Breastfeeding Disparities for African Americans, 2015
Providing Culturally Sensitive Care to LGBTQ Families, 2015
Services offered: Lactation Services and Postpartum Doula Services
Service area: Greater St. Louis region
I had a lovely intervention-free homebirth with my daughter, but was completely unprepared for the struggles of having a tongue-tied baby who could not latch. With proper support from a range of supportive and knowledgeable professionals, I was eventually able to breastfeed my daughter and meet my goals. This has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and shaped me into who I am at this moment, by leading me passionately into lactation care for all families.
Those who helped me achieve my goals inspired me to help others. I began by informally supporting parents, especially those who experienced similar struggles. I eventually decided to become a CLC so that I could reach more parents, offer emotional support and evidence-based information, and offer myself as an example that it is possible to persevere through issues and be successful.
In my own journey, I have personally experienced:
- Exclusively pumping
- Working and pumping
- Supplementing/bottlefeeding with both breastmilk and formula
- Low supply
- Latch issues
- Tongue tie/lip tie
- Extended breastfeeding
What I have learned from my own journey is that proactive support is so important. I offer a range of prenatal and postpartum feeding support options, including: Intro to Breastfeeding class, Pump Prep class, and in-home appointments (or if you are still at the hospital and need support, I will come to you there). See details on the Lactation Services page. I am committed to supporting your goals for feeding your baby, even if you are not sure whether you plan to breastfeed/feed your milk or have concerns whether you will be able to, I can still offer support and information to you.
For me, postpartum doula work is an extension of my CLC work. When I work with a lactation/feeding client, of course, most of that time is spent focused on feeding, since that’s what I was hired for. However, I’ve always offered other support, as well, such as:
- discussing normal newborn behavior,
- making sure a client has eaten recently and has a full glass of water,
- finding ways of maximizing sleep,
- helping to calm an upset baby,
- changing diapers, and
- other support and ideas for adjusting to your new normal.
By expanding my title to CLC and Postpartum Doula, I can now offer this support over a much larger timeframe to meet your needs. Read more about what Postpartum Doulas offer on the Postpartum Doula Services page.
My mission and professional duty are to:
- Share evidence-based knowledge,
- Answer questions, and
- Support you in your goals and parenting journey.
I am committed to providing compassionate, open and affirming care for all families. I want you to feel safe to express to me how you identify. I may slip up, but I make the promise I will work hard to adjust my language to your title as a parent, language regarding your body, pronouns and any other needs.
- I am pet friendly. (I’m not just saying that, I’ve actually been in animal rescue for 10 years.)
- I will happily abide by a shoe-free home. (We already do this at my home.)
- I’m babywearing and cloth diaper knowledgable for any families that are either curious about or committed to these options.
- I’m a non-smoker.
Jenni D.: It’s difficult to think how much Becca helped me in my breastfeeding journey without getting tears in my eyes. Those first few months with a newborn were so challenging. I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained. Sarah (my doula at PLD) recommended Becca to help me with my breastfeeding issues (couldn’t pump, fast let down, high lipase, etc.) and Becca was so incredibly helpful. But the education she provided wasn’t what I appreciated the most, it was her patience and genuine understanding of the struggle I was facing and openness to other feeding options if that is what needed to happen. She’s a strong advocate of breastfeeding, and pushed me to continue, and I’m so glad I did — despite how much I wanted to quit. But I never felt judged, I was always supported by Becca (and Sarah) in whatever choice I made. With Becca’s help, I was able to exclusively breastfeed my daughter until 14 months old.
Meredith A.: Our daughter was recovering in the NICU and I was recovering from a difficult labor. I remember being so tired I felt like I couldn’t talk. But all that mattered was that precious baby girl. I’d wheel myself down to the NICU every 2hrs to breastfeed her. I couldn’t get her to latch. I was so determined and it seemed no amount of determination was helping. The doctors kept saying they would not release her until she gained some weight. I did not want to give her formula. That’s where Becca came in. I called Sarah crying not knowing what to do and she referred me to Becca. I’d never met this woman and she comes to help me at 8:30pm in the NICU…meant so much to me! She gave me the best advice… do what you have to do to get your baby home. So I did. I gave my baby girl formula, she gained some weight and we went home. Becca continued to help support me at home and eventually my daughter latched and I nursed her until she was a year. She truly went above and beyond… I remember one night her dropping off some sitz bath and baby nail clippers… little things but so so big in those moments! And even throughout the year, as at times I struggled with my supply, she was there. She came to my work once with her daughter in tow to check my pump to make sure it was working properly… I could go on and on… oh wait I think I have lol. Long post but it’s hard to be brief about the support Becca offers!
Amanda S.: Thank you so much for all of your insight and information, it was very helpful, and I really appreciate the depth of thought that you put into your response to my questions! What a wonderful resource you are!
Hallie S.: You completely improved our breastfeeding experience in about 30 seconds. Thank you so much for the help…. You have helped us tremendously.
Sara C.: I had to ask 3 people for an LC [at the hospital] to visit me! She was helpful but not nearly as helpful as you have been! You are like the cool kid of breastfeeding. I was just on the phone with my mom raving about how awesome Becca is! I’m so glad there are people like you out there! Women need more breastfeeding support!
Beth D.: I want to thank you so much for your help and let you know that I really enjoyed our discussion. You provided many recommendations that were very easy to incorporate and I am seeing the results. This week I have pumped about an extra 3 ounces each day which has allowed me to provide enough milk for the next day without pulling anything from the freezer or stressing about trying to find time to squeeze in an additional pumping session. It took a couple of weeks, but I am really seeing the results now. I am so much more relaxed and my baby seems happier as well. I will be passing on your information to others in my new mommy network of friends and co-workers.
Lactation Availability and Pricing
- For clients with immediate need for support, I try to return calls the same day and schedule appointments as soon as possible, sometimes yet that day.
- For clients with less time-sensitive needs, we will meet at a time that is convenient for you.
- For more information on feeding services and pricing, please see the Lactation Services page.
Postpartum Doula Availability and Pricing
For an overview of what a postpartum doula is and does, please see the Postpartum Doula Services page.
Becca's Postpartum Doula Availability
Contracted Postpartum Doula Support Package
- Contracted to reserve availability for your dates
- If birth or need for support occurs sooner or later than contracted date, client may request services to start sooner or later, subject to availability
- Minimum of 5 consecutive hours per day
- Available in 20 hour/$600, 40 hour/$1100, or 60 hour/$1600 packages. Inquire about custom packages.
Hourly Postpartum Doula Support
- As-available (dates not guaranteed in advance, subject to availability)
- Minimum of 3 consecutive hours each day
- $30 per hour