About the Speaker

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE is an experienced childbirth educator, IBCLC-lactation consultant and retired birth doula.  She started her career working with families while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa in the early 90s.  She loved that work so much she went on to receive a public health masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focusing her studies on nutrition for maternal and child health.  Her two children were breastfed for more than 2 years each and Jeanette has experience pumping at work for both children and has supported thousands of families with feeding and pumping over the last 30 years.

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as providing virtual and office feeding consultations. She also enjoys leading online and in-person workshops and speaking at conferences for lactation and perinatal health professionals and mentoring professionals related to pumping, flange fitting, bottlefeeding, and various feeding gear.  She’s also enjoying being involved in research studies related to pumping and flange fitting, as well as connecting with industry leaders to request they change recommendations and products related to pumping. If you have questions, feel free to email jeanette@babiesincommon.com.

Official Bio for Brochure

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE is an experienced childbirth educator, IBCLC-lactation consultant and retired birth doula.  She started her career working with families while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa in the early 90s.  She loved that work so much she went on to receive a public health masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focusing her studies on nutrition for maternal and child health.  Her two children were breastfed for more than 2 years each and Jeanette has experience pumping at work for both children and has supported thousands of families with feeding and pumping over the last 30 years.

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as providing virtual and office feeding consultations. She also enjoys leading online and in-person workshops and speaking at conferences for lactation and perinatal health professionals and mentoring professionals related to pumping, flange fitting, bottlefeeding, and various feeding gear.  She’s also enjoying being involved in research studies related to pumping and flange fitting, as well as connecting with industry leaders to request they change recommendations and products related to pumping. If you have questions, feel free to email jeanette@babiesincommon.com.

Bio for Introduction

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE is an experienced childbirth educator, IBCLC-lactation consultant and retired birth doula.  She started her career working with families while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa in the early 90s.  She loved that work so much she went on to receive a public health masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focusing her studies on nutrition for maternal and child health.  Her two children were breastfed for more than 2 years each and Jeanette has experience pumping at work for both children and has supported thousands of families with feeding and pumping over the last 30 years.

Jeanette provides prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding classes at her office in Northborough, Massachusetts, as well as providing virtual and office feeding consultations. She also enjoys leading online and in-person workshops and speaking at conferences for lactation and perinatal health professionals and mentoring professionals related to pumping, flange fitting, bottlefeeding, and various feeding gear.  She’s also enjoying being involved in research studies related to pumping and flange fitting, as well as connecting with industry leaders to request they change recommendations and products related to pumping. If you have questions, feel free to email jeanette@babiesincommon.com.




Presentations

Pumping and Feeding Gear for IBCLCs Workshop

Time-frame: 7 hours
CERP: yes

If you are an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, of course you’ve seen (and heard about) about different bottles, pumps, flanges, nipple shields, alternative feeding products and more…there are always new things coming on the market and it’s hard to keep up.  You may have also heard about the “new” concept in “going smaller” with flanges–we’ll thoroughly discuss this and why this is and how to do effective and thorough flange fitting sessions with your clients.

We support families best in making choices when we are confident about how the items on the market work (or don’t work as well as others).  Let’s talk about what products are out there, how to use them and why you might lean toward one or another (or not).  And let’s talk about how to talk about them with our clients!

Now there’s a workshop that will explore various breast pumps, flange sizes/shapes/materials, bottles and other feeding-related gear.
Explore new ideas about flange sizes, different materials of flanges and flange inserts (which aren’t as simple and effective as they may seem).  You’ll learn why and how to do an effective flange fitting consultation, we’ll talk about passive pumps and milk-catchers, the new pumps on the market (including wearables). You’ll see the differences between bottles (hint: it’s NOT just about the shape of the nipple and the flow rate), pacifiers and more.  And gain access to videos, resources and a community of colleagues so you can really delve into these topics after the workshop and keep learning.

What is the Pumping & Feeding Gear for IBCLCs Workshop?

This workshop provides IBCLCs with information, tools and techniques they want to have so they can provide practical support to families who are pumping and/or feeding infants.  While no workshop could possibly have every product on the market–although your instructor prides herself on having MOST of the pumps and feeding-related products on the market–this workshop WILL have MANY for you to see and many will be demonstrated.  And, as it’s a workshop format, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share what they know and have experienced in their work with families related to pumping and feeding gear.

New for 2024: Your attendance at the in-person workshop or the recorded course, now allows you to pay a nominal fee and request 6 additional CERPs for watching the 6+ hours of additional videos (you’ll have to take a quiz).   You will get at least a year’s access to the recorded content.  

This workshop/course is led by Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE of Babies in Common, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and experienced childbirth educator.  Jeanette does flange fittings and pumping sessions with most of her clients as well as many bottlefeeding sessions and consultations about bottle challenges.  She’s collected and used many pumps, bottles and other gear in her practice and is is experienced with virtual consultations and using props for teaching parents and will utilize those skills during this online workshop.  

Touch the products, work with them and observe and work with real parents as they pump and you help them with flange fittings.  Play with  pumps, flanges, catchers and pullers, nipple shields, supplemental feeders, bottles, cups and and more!

After the workshop, you’ll get full access to all the resources that the online workshop attendees receive, as well as access to all the same bonuses, including a community of colleagues so you can really delve into these topics after the workshop and keep learning.

  • What will be presented and discussed?

    • passive pumps, milk catchers and other breast care products that may help pumping parents
    • breast care products our clients may be using
    • the many different types of pumps, brands, new, old, suction strength, speeds…
    • 35+ different types and sizes of flanges (also known as pump breast shields) that we can discuss and you’ll see some demonstrated
    • why the traditional recommendations for flange fittings are no longer what many us recommend for our clients (and the history of why those “old” recommendations were even created)
    • how to do an effective flange fitting with a client (including real parents pumping while YOU help them)
    • 50+ electric pumps and several manual pumps are available
    • pump settings–what works best?
    • more than 60 different bottles and nipples and the discussion will include why some might be preferred by feeding professionals over others–what about bottle shape, nipple shape, nipple material and flow rates?  Lots of demonstration will happen.
    • we’ll talk about what gear you can consider purchasing (or having your hospital/office purchase), where to get it and how to pay for it

Who should join this workshop?

  • new IBCLCs
  • experienced IBCLCs who haven’t used the varied flanges and new pumps and various bottles in their practice yet
  • experienced IBCLCs who want to build their confidence in doing pump flange fittings and helping families with bottles and other gear
  • hospital IBCLCs
  • private practice IBCLCs
  • WIC IBCLCs
  • community-based IBCLCs

If you (or someone you know) is not an IBCLC but is interested in this workshop, there is a VERY similar workshop the next day for perinatal professionals, in the same location.  Click here to learn more about the DC-area perinatal professionals workshop.

Testimonials from Participants

“It’s not often I take a course that completely changes something about my practice.  This was one of them.  Mind. Blown.  Everything I thought I knew about flange sizing was wrong.  I was able to take the information from this course and immediately use it to benefit my clients, and I am so grateful.  I want to shout from the rooftops that every IBCLC encountering a pumping mom should be taking this course, so we can help moms get MORE MILK comfortably.  The video resources were amazing, and the additional coverage of various gear and equipment was great.”
~ Jeanne Pichoff LOTR, IBCLC

“I just took Jeanette’s Pumping and Feeding Gear Workshop for IBCLCs and highly recommended it! It is one of the few courses (and I’ve taken a lot) where I was able to immediately use what I learned and it had a positive impact on my clients. I learned so many useful tips about flange fit, bottle types and pumps. If you haven’t taken this course yet, I highly recommend it.”  ~ Tamar Winter, IBCLC

“Hands down Jeanette is a knowledgeable and inspiring educator who holds your attention during the 2-part Pumping & Feeding Gear workshop for IBCLCs. In this interactive and inclusive workshop, Jeanette shares current information coupled with a vast array of feeding and education related products, which makes this comprehensive workshop a must for both new and seasoned IBCLCs. ~ Roza Baghdassarian, IBCLC

“I really enjoyed Jeanette’s workshop! I have been asking and waiting for a workshop like this for so many years, but no one would offer it. This 4 hour-workshop is so full of up-to-date information, with all kinds of new lactation tools on the market, including the most popular and the least favorite ones too. Jeanette’s extensive experience with research and her clients, has helped create a wonderful database of knowledge in this field. I would highly recommend and actually encourage this workshop to anyone that works with the lactation dyad. I will definitely attend her workshop again, to keep up with any updates, in the future. You will be amazed, you will learn a lot, and you will have so much fun, too! – Milli S., IBCLC”

“I enjoyed your lightheartedness during the class. You are fun to watch and listen to.”

“Thank you SO MUCH for the workshop! It was really helpful in understanding all the products and accessories on the market.”

“Thank you for a great class. I am a newly practicing IBCLC and just starting to get my head around flange sizing.”

“I loved your class! I’m a veteran IBCLC and I still found multiple techniques and ideas you provided really helpful…Thanks for taking the time to create such a class. A class I didn’t even realize I actually needed. But found incredibly beneficial.”

Jeanette Mesite Frem


Country: USA
Phone number: 617-686-0052
Email: jeanette@babiesincommon.com
Site: https://www.babiesincommon.com
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Publications

Babies in Common Show (podcast)

Over 60 episodes recorded, most are interviews with parents and professionals who have stories to tell related to birth, lactation, feeding babies, pregnancy, and parenting.

Flange Size Matters: A Comparative Pilot Study of the Flange FITS™ Guide versus Traditional Sizing Methods

Manuscript submitted for publication 3/31/24; pending approval, as of 5/12/24

LEAD RESEARCHER
Lisa A. Anders PhD, RN, IBCLC
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing
Laanders2@uncg.edu

CO-AUTHORS

Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE
Lactation Consultant
Babies in Common
6 Maple St
Northborough, MA 01532
Jeanette@babiesincommon.com

 

Thomas P. McCoy, PhD, PStat
Clinical Professor, Statistician
University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing
Nursing and Instructional Building
1007 Walker Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27412
tpmccoy@uncg.edu