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
Gabriela “Bella” Rochford, MSOT, OTR/L, IBCLC
Located in our Merrick Office
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:
Kelly Crawford, BSN, RN, CLC IBCLC
Located in our Yaphank Office
Being a mother is what led Kelly Crawford to finding her passion in maternal/child health. Kelly is a Registered nurse who specializes in postpartum, a Certified Lactation Counselor and currently works as a full time International Board Certified Lactation Consultant after completing over 1000 clinical hours as well as 95 continuing education hours in lactation education.
Kelly strongly believes that breastfeeding success is much more attainable with knowledge and support. She has created her own business to serve the community called Long Island Latch. Her services include but are not limited to:
-Prenatal consults discussing breastfeeding 101, how to be successful, discussion of potential challenges & an individualized assessment as it pertains to lactation.
-Postpartum consults including intake of medical history as it pertains to lactation, intake of subjective information to identify needs, assessment of the mother/baby dyad, full written care plan, provider reports, weighted feeds & ongoing secure support for 1 week.
-60-90 minute consults can be done in the office, at your home or telehealth.
Kelly also works through the Lactation Network and accepts some insurance policies.
Katie Dowd, NDTR CLC & Maryrose Ammirati, RDN CLC from LILac Nutrition
Located in our Farmingdale Location
Their private practice provides nutrition counseling and lactation consultations to support women in navigating pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Their Services Include:
-Customized Prenatal Meal Plans
-Breastfeeding Prep Classes
-Unlimited Nutrition and Lactation Text Support
-Bottle Feeding Support
-Infant and Toddler Nutrition Counseling
Maryrose is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Counselor.
Katie is a mother of two, a Registered Nutrition and Dietetics Technician and Certified Lactation Counselor. With a combined 15+ years of experience, this team is uniquely qualified to help support parents through pregnancy and beyond.