Women's Health Coach & Lactation Consultant
Sharen was the ultimate soothing voice of reason during a rocky first few weeks breastfeeding. It hurt me a ton at first and I was so confused about how and how often to feed. I ended up supplementing at the very beginning because of my uncertainty. But Sharen never judged, she just calmly gave me suggestions and advice. She came to my home for consultation and remained in touch over text. I eventually got into a rhythm and haven't had to use supplemental formula in weeks!!
Sharen is a wonderful, thoughtful and truly caring person. She wants you to achieve your goals, not hers. I couldn't recommend her enough!
I first met Sharen through Yummy Mummy when I was having breastfeeding issues with my newborn and I truly cannot say enough great things about her. She is not only very knowledgeable and helpful, she is also very compassionate. Sharen came for a home visit and taught me about the importance of a good latch and gave me techniques to make breastfeeding easier. Since that initial visit she has answered what feels like a million questions I’ve had as my son grows and new things arise. Her incredible sense of calm and professional approach makes her invaluable. I’d recommend her to any one looking for breastfeeding support. As a first time mom I must say breastfeeding has been one of the most rewarding experiences of motherhood and I really don’t think I would be as comfortable with it as I am today if not for Sharen’s help!
Sharen loves her work and prides herself on empowering women to successfully breastfeed. She instilled the confidence I needed to tune out non supportive parties and know that I was capable. I never would have made it through the first week without her help.
Best words a new mother can hear from the pediatrician "your baby is thriving". I owe that to Sharen.
I highly recommend Sharen as a Lactation Consultant. I was referred to her by a friend and the experience has been amazing. I called on a Saturday late in the evening and was able to see her the next day. She also sent me a video via text (personalized, not one off the shelf), just to get me started, which was incredibly helpful.
Although I have an older daughter, this was my first experience breastfeeding and found it to be so incredibly overwhelming. Sharen's demeanor is so pleasant and calming, that it creates the perfect relaxing environment. She is also patient and extremely knowledgeable. I visited her with my partner and between the two of us had close to a thousand questions. She didn't bat an eyelash and answered them along with ones we didn't realize we had. There was no rush, no speeding -- just a peaceful, learning environment at her home.
Sharen really took her time to explain the process of nursing. She continues to be available on the phone and by text during the difficulties I have experienced. She checks in regularly to see how we are doing and answers my most random questions as if I were her only client.
I continue to be so impressed by Sharen. She truly knows her craft.
Sharen has saved my life more than once since my son, Luke was born. She came to our home right after we had Luke and not only helped me to learn how to breastfeed, but reassured me on the many insecurities I had as a new mom. The minute she walked into our house, I felt a warmth and compassion that was so comforting. I was a very anxious and uncertain new mom and Sharen gave me and my husband the knowledge and support we needed to be successful. She was so sweet with our one week old baby and showed me how to make sure I had a proper latch and how to know the baby was getting enough milk. She answered my million questions and made me feel like all that I encountered was normal and/or fixable. I began to attend Sharen's breastfeeding support class and each week I became more and more confident with breastfeeding and with other aspects of having a newborn. Just going to Sharen's class each week was an unbelievable comfort to me at such a tender time in our lives. She was and continues to be a constant comfort and source of support. I tell every new mom I know about Sharen and how she changed our life.
I met Sharen shortly after giving birth to my second child, Phoebe. With my first child, Owen, I struggled with breastfeeding and gave up after a month. It was such a stressful, painful experience, and I was worried that it would be the same with Phoebe.
Nursing started out similarly with Phoebe -- we were having trouble. This time, I got help right away. I got in touch with Sharen, and she came over the next day, even though it was a Sunday. To be honest, I was a little skeptical that things would improve since I'd had such a hard time with Owen, but I went in with an open mind.
When Sharen arrived, she put me at ease right away and her hands-on approach made an immediate difference in how nursing went. She spent a lot of time with me, answering my questions and giving me great advice. I learned a lot from her. In the days and weeks after her visit, she followed up with informative and uplifting texts, and answered my questions almost as soon as I could send them.
Phoebe is 7 weeks old now, 11 pounds, and breastfeeding like a champ. I thank Sharen for giving me and Phoebe the special gift of a successful breastfeeding relationship. I don't think I would have stuck with breastfeeding without her fantastic help. I would eagerly recommend her services to anyone in need of assistance with
I first talked to Sharen on a late evening when my hope of being able to breastfeed successfully and without pain was hanging by a very thin and fragile thread. Sharen quickly eased my worries and offered to come to my apartment first thing the next morning. That morning I welcomed her in to what I'm sure looked like a scene from National Geographic. She was so patient, comforting, and understanding that I immediately regained the confidence that told me I could and would be able to master breastfeeding. She was also wonderful with my baby.
I'll always remember when she said that in time breastfeeding would feel like tugging on my ear. At that time I thought it was impossible. Then one day while breastfeeding, as I was starring into my baby daughter's beautiful eyes, I smiled because that day had come. The pain was gone and what was left was this incredible feeling of love, accomplishment, and an indescribable bond. I now look forward to every breastfeeding session. Thank you Sharen from the bottom of my heart for helping me to feed my daughter with love and health.
Sharen visited my home the day after I gave birth to my sweet daughter and did not leave until I felt fully confident with breastfeeding. She patiently answered all my questions about breastfeeding, helped me try out different nursing positions, and provided additional insights that helped me gain confidence as a new mom. I feel that her early visit was instrumental to helping me stick to my plan to breastfeed my daughter exclusively.
I had to go back to work around week six and Sharen was right there to coach me through pumping and maintaining my milk supply. I highly recommend her as a Lactation Consultant!
Sharen has been an incredible resource on my breastfeeding journey. My daughter had trouble latching on at the beginning and she came to our apartment to help. She was kind, thoughtful and creative with her suggestions. What's more, she has continued to answer my (many!) questions along the way and ease my mind during a stressful time. She is always willing to discuss issues and follows up to check in on me. I would highly recommend her.
I wanted to take a minute to thank you once again on behalf of my wife and little Cody. As with most first time parents, we quickly learned how difficult and often frustrating breastfeeding can be. While my wife could not be blamed for lack of effort, we soon discovered that “doing it” and “doing it right“ were two separate things.
Your demeanor, knowledge and commitment to stay as long as it took to make sure we were comfortable was greatly appreciated. I am happy to say that Cody has been feeding like a champ and gaining weight at every doctor's visit. I also appreciate your follow up emails and texts to see how we are all doing. I would recommend your services to all who decide to venture down this path.
-David, Milly & Cody
Sharen's constant support and gentle encouragement got me through several uncertain times with my baby. She has a reassuring tone that gives you the boost you need when things get tough. She also has tips for how to position your baby when he's tired, you're exhausted and you just need to keep that latch in place. Thanks for everything, Sharen!
My son Nouri and breasts thank you tremendously. I don’t know what I would have done without your constant support and help. I loved your postcards and emails with very helpful tips and milestones. You are truly a very special person.
From the first moment that I spoke to Sharen on the phone, she was so available and supportive to me. After her visit to my home, we continued our phone/email relationship for weeks!
The road to easy breastfeeding was long and hard, but I did get there, and having Sharen in my corner was truly a great help.
I cannot express in words my immense gratitude for your help with Nadia. She is growing healthy and strong thanks to you. She gained 12 ounces and weighed in at over 9lbs this Monday.
You have marked the life of my child forever. Thank you so very much.
Sharen, you're not only kind but very informative and supportive. You have provided a plethora of information about breastfeeding to make me feel secure and prepared to nurse my baby. More importantly, you do not pass judgment on issues and questions that arise. This is really important to new moms who often experience guilt. I would recommend you to any of my expectant girlfriends.
When I arrived home with my baby, with information I had received from the breastfeeding class at the hospital, I thought to myself, who needs a lactation consultant? Breastfeeding seemed easy. Little did I know that I was going to run into some major problems. Bleeding nipples, pain, poor feedings; I was, you could say, LOST. Two girlfriends bought me a postpartum gift certificate for a consultation and boy was I blessed.
Sharen is like a wise grandmother trapped in a young woman’s body. She comes in and watches you nurse and corrects on the spot. She covered everything from how the breast actually produces the milk, positioning techniques, stimulating the milk flow and how to introduce the breast to my baby. She covered so many points that had never crossed my mind.
I truly feel this is definitely is her calling, since she is passionate about making sure you get things right, by teaching and following up over the phone, or in person as much as you need.
I couldn’t have done it without Sharen. I will recommend her to all my pregnant girlfriends. (Thank you so very much!).
Breastfeeding is going great, I've been exclusively breastfeeding. I went to WIC today and changed my status to exclusively breastfeeding! I feel so happy I stuck it out. And you're right, you do feel like you can overcome anything when it starts to get better. And guess what? My daughter has been pooping everyday now for the past three days, even more than once a day. Woo hoo to poop! Breastmilk is so much nicer on her developing belly.
I'm so appreciative of your help and support. I just want to announce to everyone how great you are, especially your boss. I need to tell her/him that they can't let you get away!
La vida pone en nuestro camino a personas tan maravillosas como tu. Diste a mi vida confianza y seguridad y me ensenaste a ser una mejor mama. Me faltan vidas para agradecerte.
I know you will be making an incredibly valuable contribution to the breastfeeding community in the years to come because you have the "right stuff" as an educator: you are charismatic, sincere, well-informed, caring, committed, and an excellent communicator. We were lucky to have you here at Jacobi.
Thanks for everything you've done to help make the baby showers at Jacobi a success.
Jacobi Medical Center
I really enjoyed your presentation at Jacobi Medical Center’s baby shower..it was terrific! I especially liked the phrase you used about how it’s called breastfeeding not nipple feeding for several reasons.
Lilian Duru, RN
North Central Bronx Hospital