And how do I know?  Besides having had my own personal breastfeeding issues, I’ve helped over 600 families in the Bay Area with theirs.  Welcome! My name is Ellen H. Schwerin, and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), the gold standard in advanced practice lactation care.  I have always loved helping women when they need it the most in a calm and non-judgmental way, and am an LGBTQA ally.

How did I come to be an IBCLC?  I loved being a volunteer health educator in my 20’s & 30’s.  Then, when my son was born, an IBCLC helped us tremendously, which allowed me to reach my personal breastfeeding goals.  Unfortunately, a couple of months after my son weaned, I found a lump and received a diagnosis of breast cancer.  After extensive treatment and a complete recovery, I decided that I would transition away from my career in breast oncology research and focus on my love of one-to-one health education and helping new families and babies.  And I’ve never looked back!

I have a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from UC-Berkeley. My lactation education includes graduating from the UC-San Diego Lactation Consultant Program and a clinical internship with the Kaiser Walnut Creek Lactation Clinic, and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

As Happy Milk Lactation Support, I teach classes and meet families in their homes in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Leandro, Castro Valley, and San Francisco. I’m also in-network with AETNA insurance (which gives 6 or more free home visits to their PPO members). If you feel we’d be a good fit, please contact me to discuss your needs.  I am here to help you and happy to do so!

My son and I breastfeeding; pre-smart phone days. It's my only picture of us doing so!

My son and I breastfeeding; pre-smart phone days. It’s my only picture of us doing so!

If you're ready for help, you can contact me for a free phone consult

“Ellen was a lifesaver! If it wasn’t for her, I am pretty sure I would not have been able to continue breastfeeding….She is so knowledgeable and really works to meet families and babies where they are rather than imposing a particular approach or service. She kept in touch and checked in on us regularly to see how we were doing, which was great. We worked with a couple of other lactation consultants before Ellen and she was by far the best. I would use her again and/or recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat!” -Amber

“Ellen is amazing! Not only did Ellen offer incredible advice, she also set me up with invaluable resources that I still use today. She was both professional and warm, which is important when you need to get very open and intimate quickly. Her advice was clearly tailored to our situation and she continued to follow up and made herself available for questions. Before Ellen I wasn’t loving my nursing relationship, but now 7 months later and we are stronger than ever! Thanks Ellen!” -Amy

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Ellen H. Schwerin, MPH, IBCLC
Happy Milk Lactation Support
[email protected] | 510.730.2154

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