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Proud Recipient of the

2019 Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Mother's & Families Champion Award

Lori Atkins, RN, IBCLC

My Family

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Lori Atkins


My name is Lori Atkins, and I'm a Registered Nurse, as well as a Lactation Consultant, IBCLC, in Connecticut. Attending my best friends' birth many years ago led me to fall in love with Women’s Health. My long and varied expertise includes excelling as a Labor and Delivery RN at a large city hospital, running an obstetrical clinic, teaching all kinds of Childbirth and Breastfeeding education, and creating, as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a comprehensive, hospital-wide breast pump program.

In-hospital breastfeeding care is so important for new parents, but I always am frustrated for families if they struggle, coming home, with finding the support they need when breastfeeding problems are more common.


I have created Oh, Baby! with love, compassion and knowledge to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.​

XOXO, Lori

Some things I can help with... 

  • Slow or poor weight gain issues

  • Nipple pain and help with latch

  • Assessment and plans of care for infant Tongue Tie (ankyloglossia)

  • Women with a history of breast surgery

  • Exclusive or partial breastmilk pumping feeding situations

  • Breastmilk supply challenges

  • Adoptive, or inducing non-birth parent lactation

  • Basic and complex breastfeeding management

  • Supporting all family structures, specializing in LGBT family care, surrogate and gestational carrier consultations

  • ​​Preemie infant feeding management

  • Knowledge in the care of grieving parents who've lost their babies through stillbirth or neonatal death

  • Human milk bank donation

  • Breast pumping and individualized feeding plans as parents transition back to work




Vanessa Janek

Vanessa Janek is a registered nurse, lactation consultant, nurse practitioner in-training, and mom of two amazing kiddos. Before becoming an IBCLC, she spent years teaching childbirth classes and supporting families as a full-spectrum doula and midwifery assistant.


Vanessa is passionate about fostering emotional safety and connection, and strives to provide individualized lactation care that is evidence-based, person-centered, heart-led. In her spare time you can find her reading, making art, digging for worms in the compost bin, petting her cats, and avoiding the question of what to make for dinner.


Vanessa offers comprehensive lactation visits in-home for clients in southeastern Connecticut, in the Old Lyme office, and via telehealth.

Why do you need an Experienced Nurse for your Lactation care?

"I wanted to say thank you for asking about me the day you came. You commented on my leg swelling and asked me about my blood pressure. While I did feel good, it prompted me to check it later that day - it was 160/100 on several reads. I was admitted that night
for postpartum preeclampsia with my pressure at 190/90 and elevated liver enzymes. While IV magnesium treatment was no fun I needed​ to be there. I feel good now and can see my ankles again! Thank you again and keep checking in on those new moms 😀." -LH

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