I am committed to having your baby have the best nutrition possible and be a happy, thriving, baby comfortable in their body.
My goal is to have a relaxed & calm mother and baby enjoying their nursing relationship as long as they desire.
Denise Skinner, RN,IBCLC
Anat Baniel® NeuroMovement® Practitioner
Hello, My name is Denise Skinner. I am a long time lactation consultant. I have been helping mothers and babies for 30 years in this capacity. I started out working 15+ years doing home visits, then went into the hospital setting working as a LC on the postpartum floor, NICU and clinic setting. After seeing the process for so many years and varied settings I realized I wanted more education understanding why some babies still struggle and have been able to help in new ways to support this process.
I feel blessed to have served so many on this journey. I still know some of the families I have helped as their children are now grown. I love helping empower mothers that they can do this and helping babies get the best nutrition possible. I now have 2 adult boys myself and breastfed them both for 2+ years. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on such an amazing experience. Having help on this journey is what allowed me and so many others I serve to successfully nourish their babies.
Let me help you.
How I can help:
Latching and positioning techniques
Breast pain, sore nipples
How to know your baby is getting enough milk
Slow or poor weight gain
Refusal to feed
Falling asleep at the breast
Problems pumping breast milk
Weaning off nipple shield
Assistance to mothers with special issues such as breast surgery, multiple births or hospitalized infants.
Poor milk supply
Specialized training in a type of bodywork modality as well as additional training in oral motor feeding issues.
Types of situations where this additional training could be helpful
Babies born under less than ideal conditions such as c-section, vacuum, shoulder dystocia, very long pushing stage and stressed babies at birth, torticollis etc.
Fussy, unsettled babies, poor digestion, poor sleep due to body discomfort, poor suck/coordination, difficulty with both breastfeeding as well as bottle-feeding.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Consults
In person consultation during your pregnancy. Think of it as a private class to prepare you for breastfeeding. Position practice with a doll, learn how to hand express and prepare yourself for when your baby is born.
In person consultations to help with all things related to breastfeeding after you are home with your baby. Full assessment of situation and I help you with a individualized plan to get your breastfeeding off to a good start or help with new or ongoing issues.
Back to work or tele-visits
Help with plan for pumping and nursing while back to work.
Tele-Visits for questions that do not need in person consult such as follow up/revise your plan, milk supply questions etc.
Denise is Amazing! I have no doubt that we were able to breastfeed because of her help. We had so many issues for the first 1-2 months of our daughter's life. Her guidance gave us the support, skills, and tools we needed to navigate those challenges in a sustainable way. Our baby is 6 months old now and a breastfeeding champion! Denise's holistic approach is invaluable to any family in need of breastfeeding support. I can't recommend her enough.
- Lauren M
My Unique abilities and education can help you with way more than just breastfeeding.
Have you heard of "Feldenkrais"? Anat Baniel NeuroMovement comes from that work. It is an amazing somatic modality that can help you and your baby with balance and connecting to your bodies. Reduced pain from childbirth, I can teach you how to position yourself for comfort in holding or nursing your baby, balance and calm your nervous system and get yourself back to pre pregnancy state much quicker!
For your baby, it can reduce body tension, discomfort and fussiness. It also really helps with feeding ie suck, and oral motor dysfunction. (hence one of the reasons I went back for more education beyond what I could do as a lactation consultant)! It truly is an amazing addition to my skills! Let me help you both relax and enjoy this journey....
Happy Baby = Happy Mother
Get in touch with Denise
Location: Convenient Home Visits as well as tele visits from the comfort of your home.