We strive to ensure that all guidance offered is judgment-free and designed to support your individual goals – whatever they may be.
The Nesting Place offers lactation consulting services and support groups to help every family meet their infant feeding goals. Our providers are trained to support a mother in order to navigate breastfeeding. Whether your goal is to exclusively breastfeed, assist with latch issues, alleviate pain at the breast, increase milk supply or foster a better feeding schedule, our providers are here to help.
Meet Our Lactation Specialists
Laura Moritz, RN, IBCLC
Located in our Farmingdale Location
Laura Moritz is a Registered Nurse and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is dedicated to providing family-centered care. As a nurse, lactation specialist, woman, mother, and life-long learner, she understands the struggles that many moms face. She is passionate about helping moms find the confidence to hear and trust their inner voice. Navigating breastfeeding and lactation can feel overwhelming for many. Laura offers specialized knowledge and support to help mothers in their journey.
Laura offers 1:1 consults at The Nesting Place in Farmingdale and in home. She also offers virtual appointments and a free (virtual) breastfeeding support group Mondays at 10am. Register here
In-Person session: An in-person session will last for approximately 2-2.5 hours at The Nesting Place or in your home. It includes:
– functional assessment related to feeding and suck coordination.
– Snap shot of what baby is transferring at the breast by using a high tech scale.
– Head to toe assessment of baby and breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding,
– Discussion of your top concerns to create a plan that feels right for you.
– A personalized care plan, generally emailed to you within 48 hours.
Virtually: This appointment is approximately 1.5 hours via Zoom. Laura also asks that there be a support person available if possible to help with a second device to take pictures and videos while we complete the assessment together.
Payment methods are credit, HSA/FSA/CareCredit. Both appointment types include two weeks of support and follow up.
Get in touch with Laura
Gabriela “Bella” Rochford, MSOT, OTR/L, IBCLC
Located in our Merrick Location
Bella is an Occupational Therapist and Lactation Consultant who specializes in lactation and infant feeding (breast & bottle) and development.
-Bottle Feeding Support
-Infant Oral Sensory Motor Therapy (pre and post frenectomy care)
-Infant Development Screening
As a NYS licensed OT with experience across healthcare settings-including hospitals, early intervention (birth-3 years old), and now her community-based/ mobile private practice Nurturing LIFT, LLC- Bella is dedicated to empowering her clients across the lifespan to live their lives to the fullest. She’s committed to providing a holistic therapeutic approach that respects the journeys of motherhood and infant development.
After receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, she went on to receive her Master’s in OT from Touro College. Bella has competed 90-hours of continuing education in lactation and is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. She has also taken advanced Oral Sensory- Motor coursework in early pediatric feeding therapy. Being a mama herself, Bella has dedicated her practice to equipping other mamas and their little ones with the information and tools to thrive!
To learn more about how she can help you, or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with Bella:
Danielle Joseph-McKay, IBCLC
Located in our Farmingdale Location
Danielle Joseph-McKay is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula, as well as a volunteer La Leche League Leader.
After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health and Human Services, Danielle felt called to the world of birth and postpartum. Through her work within the Long Island community and the births of her own five children, she understands that breast/chestfeeding is a natural process, but it doesn’t always come easy to all. Her own early breastfeeding experiences were less than blissful. She was fortunate enough to receive incredible help and support, which inspired her to do the same for others. Anything that is worth doing will take perseverance. Danielle is honored to be able to help parents and babies reach the state of complete symbiosis that is breast/chestfeeding. With over 17 years of personal breastfeeding experience, Danielle has a unique perspective to offer those struggling with breast/chestfeeding or those just needing a little extra support.
Danielle proudly offers consults at The Nesting Place and in-home. Virtual appointments are also available.
A home or office session will last for approximately 1-1.5 hours and includes:
- Pre- and post-feed weights to help determine how much milk baby is transferring at the breast.
- Assessment of both mom and baby, as it relates to breast/chestfeeding.
- Discussion of feeding progress and goals, to help devise an attainable care plan.
- A copy of the individualized care plan and receipt for services, that is emailed to you shortly after visit.
- Phone/Text/Email support after visit for follow-up or to address additional concerns.
Get in touch with Danielle
Phone: (631) 839-0757
Cariann Wood, MA, CBS, LC, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
Located in our Yaphank Location
Cari is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Lactation Consultant, La Leche League member, and a proud breastfeeding mama and advocate. She is also the founder of MamandTots LLC, which delivers supportive and individualized lactation and feeding care to all Mamas. She whole heartedly believes in the power of motherly intuition, and the strength of the sacred bond that is forged through breastfeeding. She believes that “Matrescence” (the transition to motherhood) is the most powerful transformation on the planet, encouraging women to discover just how resilient they can be. Lactation is such a beautiful element of motherhood, and one that she understands can also come with challenges. Understanding that all mothers’ journeys and ambitions are truly unique, she understands how imperative initial and ongoing lactation support is for a breastfeeding dyad to succeed.
She is dedicated to uplifting mamas and their families and offering continuous support so that they may achieve their own unique lactation goals.
Although lactation is such a beautiful element of motherhood, it can also come with challenges. All mothers’ journeys and ambitions are truly unique, which is why initial and ongoing lactation support for a breastfeeding dyad to succeed is imperative. Cari offers continuous support so that you and your family may achieve your own unique lactation goals and rise above any challenges you may be facing. Consults are offered 1:1 in-office, in-home, and virtually. (1 hr)
– 1:1 consults at The Nesting Place (in Yaphank), in-home, and virtually. (60-90 mins) – Schedule a session in Yaphank HERE.
– FREE in-person weekly breastfeeding support groups in our Yaphank location on Wednesdays at 215pm – book your spot HERE.
– Discussion of any existing concern(s), and reason(s) for the visit
– Discussion of goals as it relates to lactation
– Evaluation of both mother and baby as it relates to lactation
– Evaluation of a full feeding session, including the reassurance of milk transfer via a medical- grade infant scale
– Focus on any additional concerns
– Clear Plan of Care and resource packet provided
– Continuous support and follow-up care as needed
*Offering 3-session bundle pricing, good for 12 months from the time of purchase, so you can ensure ongoing lactation support throughout your unique journey. Purchase here.
Get in touch with Cariann:
Phone: (631) 875-0272