City Lactation

Home visits for breastfeeding and chestfeeding

in Queens, Brooklyn, and Nassau County

Annie Frisbie IBCLC and Natalie Rachmanov IBCLC

 
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Lactation home visits in Queens and Brooklyn

Annie Frisbie IBCLC

Natalie Rachmanov, PA, IBCLC

A therapeutic approach to infant feeding challenges

As an IBCLC in private practice, we provide home visits for lactation support for breastfeeding and chestfeeding families. Our care is client-centered, aimed at identifying our client’s goals while providing up-to-date information and recommendations on infant feeding and nutrition, and your own nutrition during lactation. We value the individual lived experiences that our clients bring to parenting, and we always meet my clients where they are.

Common issues we can help with:

  • Plugged ducts, engorgement, and mastitis

  • Breast or nipple pain

  • Latch and positioning challenges

  • Post-frenotomy oral rehabilitation and suck training

  • Induced lactation, relaxation, and chestfeeding

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About Annie Frisbie and Natalie Rachmanov

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Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

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I've been a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 2011 and have worked with hundreds of families in New York City. 

When my older daughter was born in 2007, I had no idea breastfeeding was going to be so hard! We had so many problems in the beginning, and when I reached out for help, I had no idea I was about to launch myself into a whole new career. After getting amazing help and support from IBCLC Catherine Watson Genna, I began attending La Leche League meetings in my home neighborhood of Sunnyside, Queens. I became fascinated by everything related to breastfeeding, and by the time my younger daughter was born in 2010 I had completed all the educational requirements to sit for the board exam to become certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I finished my clinical requirements in 2011 and passed the exam that same year. I've been in private practice ever since.  

In 2018 I was awarded the President's Award by the United States Lactation Consultant Association, "awarding those that demonstrate extraordinary service to the association and profession." I am also the author of several books.

 
 
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Natalie Rachmanov, PA, IBCLC

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My name is Natela (Natalie) Rachmanov and my journey into healthcare began in 2013 when I became a Physician Assistant (PA-C). I was part of a 4 year accelerated rigorous program that prepared me for my career as a PA. I became a surgical PA and worked alongside some of the most incredible surgeons in NYC.

I’ve learned a lot as a PA and thought I was fulfilled professionally, however, in 2016 I became a mom and a new love developed. I began to learn about the importance of childhood development, lactation, and more. My medical background naturally got me interested in the scientific composition of breastmilk and why it’s so important for a child’s development. I also began to read endlessly about the effects breastfeeding has on women.

I had my daughter and thought to myself; how hard can it be to breastfeed? I told myself that I’ll just put her on and she’ll do what she’s supposed to do! I couldn’t have been more wrong. I faced many struggles as a new mom but those struggles brought me on this path. Those struggles ignited a passion so strong in me that I wanted to empower and help anyone who desires to breastfeed their baby. I met some incredible and compassionate people along the way that truly helped me so I decided I want to be that person for others.

My journey into lactation began! I began an internship in Jamiaca Hospital where I completed my clinical training, I completed 90+ hours of academic coursework, successfully passed the board examination and in 2019 became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

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Book Online with Annie or Natalie

A home visit lasts 1.5 hours and includes a full assessment of you and your baby, a written care plan, and two weeks of follow up by text or email.

We are in-network with Aetna, or the fee for the initial visit is $350. Follow ups are discounted.

If you don’t have Aetna, we recommend calling your insurance provider to request pre-authorization to see an out-of-network provider. Here’s a great collection of articles on insurance reimbursement for lactation services.

Please note—Natalie is on maternity leave until early 2020 and not seeing clients in Nassau County. Annie is not currently seeing clients south of Williamsburg.

Queens

  • Astoria

  • Long Island City

  • Sunnyside, Woodside

  • Jackson Heights, Elmhurst

  • Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood

  • Forest Hills, Rego Park

  • Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Whitestone (Natalie Only)

Nassau County (Natalie Only)

  • Garden City, Lake Success

  • Manhasset

  • Westbury

  • Little Neck, Floral Park

  • Great Neck, Roslyn

  • New Hyde Park, Mineola

  • Port Washington

Brooklyn (Annie Only)

  • Greenpoint

  • Williamsburg

  • Fort Greene

  • Bushwick

  • Bed-Stuy

City Lactation is an inclusive practice.

Please ask about our sliding scale if you have Medicaid or WIC.

Did you know that if we’re not in-network with your insurance company, you can request reimbursement for my services under the Affordable Care Act? We'll provide you with the documentation you need. The National Women's Law Center has a great toolkit for accessing your right to breastfeeding support under the ACA.

Testimonials

Marie is 10 months now, and such a happy baby. I’m still breastfeeding her twice a day, and we’ve managed to keep her off formula till now. She’s eating vegetables, bread, rice, cheese, beans, ....
she’s crawling, walking while holding onto things, and she said her first words when she turned 8 months. She’s waving, dancing, and soon curious - she accepts strangers straight away, because everything is so exciting to her. In other words, we’ve been super lucky, and I truly believe her diet has something to do with it, so: THANK YOU!
— Bianca, LIC
We appreciate all you have done for us. You have a great way of teaching others and are non-judgmental and kind. Thank you!
— Lauren, Astoria
I truly am so thankful that we had your support in the early days of breastfeeding. After a disastrous experience with not being able to nurse or produce enough milk the first time, I didn’t trust myself I would be able to this time. But I did it! He and I did it together, with support from you! And still going on demand a year later. 💜
— Amanda, Astoria
Jonah just self weaned at a little short of 3 1/2 and we both seem totally content with it. I’ll always be grateful for your home visit and all your support when I was very near my breaking point. It was absolutely key in turning it all around.
— Cori, Jackson Heights
I am a first time mom and my baby was having difficulties latching. Breast feeding was very important to me and I felt like I failed as a mom. That’s when I decided to seek help and Natalie came to the rescue! Not only did she provide moral support and lots of reassurance, but she also spent a lot of time counseling and teaching both me and baby a variety of approaches to make our life easier. From tube feeding to nipple shields to a variety of bottles, Natalie explained and demonstrated each technique during our appointment. She spent more time with us than I expected and remained in contact to follow up on our progress for weeks. Now, I am a happy pumping mom with increased milk supply. Baby has even latched several times with a shield! I am very grateful for the support Natalie has provided! Thank you!!
— Ilana, Rego Park
I just put Tegan down for a nap and was thinking about how incredibly understanding and helpful you were during a really difficult time. Thank you so much! Really, I don’t know what we would have done.
— Shannon, Greenpoint
During our session Natalie recommended various breast-feeding positions. I was happy to learn that there are more relaxed positions. We were able to adjust the pump to help me with pumping both at the same time hands free. Natalie was able to assess my baby’s tongue and make sure he doesn’t have a tongue tie or a lip tie. I appreciate all the help that she has given me. It definitely gave me a peace of mind.
— Ester, Forest Hills
It was such a pleasure working with Annie. She has a calm and soothing presence to her and she is an incredibly knowledgeable professional. I was blown away by how helpful it was to meet and chat with her. Annie is an excellent and openminded listener; during our meetings she carefully listened to my experiences and questions and was able to provide me with a variety of helpful tips, advice, recommendations and demonstrations. Annie is truly wonderful to work with and I highly recommend her.
— Julie, Williamsburg
Besides all technical help you gave us, what helped me the most was remembering to take care of myself so I could give it a fair shot. What you gave us was the knowledge, confidence and support that we needed, and we are still living off this continued strength you instilled in us from the first few weeks. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
— Zhe, Long Island City

Contact

For more information on our services, please send me a message. Make sure to tell me your neighborhood and if you have Aetna insurance or would be self pay. For liability reasons, we’re unable to answer your breastfeeding questions but please do tell us a bit about yourself so that we know you’re a real person and not a spammer. Thanks!

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