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Full Service Holistic Lactation Care.  


We do more than just help you latch your baby.  We get to know you.  We learn about the difficulties you are having, and about your goals.  And then we do our best to help you meet those goals - by getting to the root cause of the difficulties you are having and providing you an array of options to help.  We understand that YOU are the expert on your baby, and whatever path you decide to take with your breastfeeding journey – we are on board to help.  We will never judge or shame or push you in a particular direction.  We may give you information about homeopathy, herbal remedies, nutrition, movement, alternative health modalities like chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, as well as more traditional ideas rooted in Western Medicine such as labwork and medications. 


Tongue and Lip (and Buccal!) Tie Experts. 


Our lactation consultants have pursued extensive training in the assessment and habilitation of oral restrictions (also known as ties) and have years of experience in supporting families through the tongue tie release process. We know how to properly identify them, we know what providers to refer you to get a full and complete release of tethered tissues – and we know how to prevent them from reattaching. We coach you before and after the procedure, ensure you are doing the aftercare stretches correctly and thoroughly, and provide you with ways to strengthen your baby’s tongue and improve feeding after release.  We follow you with weekly care to ensure that your baby’s oral function and breastfeeding have improved.


We Proudly Serve All Types of Families.


Because LOVE makes a family! We serve families of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and backgrounds.  We also happily serve exclusively pumping and formula feeding families.  If your baby is having feeding difficulties, bottle, or breast, we can help you.

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 Shanna is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant as of 2022!   She began her breastfeeding support journey in 2011 as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for WIC, and then became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2012 through The Healthy Children Project.  She trained with Star Lactation and became skilled in tie assessment, oral habilitation, and helping families improving feeding post release.  In addition to her work with Star Lactation, Shanna has her own private practice in Rocky Mount. Shanna has three children ages 14-17, including a set of twins, all of whom were breastfed.  

"I’m very passionate about empowering families to make informed decisions about feeding their babies." ~ Shanna



Emily has been a student with Star Lactation since August 2021. Before she began her internship, she worked as a Community Health Nurse where she focused on prenatal, postnatal and early childhood education, which included providing education about the benefits of breastfeeding and providing  provide breastfeeding support.  

Emily received her CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor certification) in 2018 from the Healthy Children Project.  Emily has one daughter whom she breastfed into toddlerhood.  

"I am passionate about breastfeeding and am enjoying helping families with Star Lactation." ~ Emily

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