VP Lactation Consulting, LLC - Pregnancy Care

La Grange, Illinois 60525Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

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Services in a nutshell

Caring and unbiased breastfeeding support for modern moms, including prenatal classes and lactation consults to prepare you for breastfeeding.

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Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

We cover:

  • Preparing logistically
  • What to expect the first few days including hand expression and positioning and attachment education and demonstration
  • General breastfeeding instructions and troubleshooting
  • Beyond the first days including signs of trouble, establishing routine and sleep
  • Breastfeeding support following baby’s birth

Partner/support person encouraged to attend

The Prenatal class is offered virtually typically on the 2nd Friday of each month from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. $50 per couple. Registration ends at the end of day Tuesday before class.

Register here.

Prenatal mini consult (15 mins)

Client is educated on what to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding, with a brief Q&A to follow.

Prenatal consult (90 mins)

Client is educated on what to expect with breastfeeding including positioning and latch basics. Client’s breastfeeding goals, questions and concerns, and potential challenges are addressed. Client receives a breastfeeding plan and access to IBCLC for phone/text support following delivery.

Our team

Vanessa Prinz, IBCLC, RLC

Hi! I’m Vanessa Prinz, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and owner of VP Lactation Consulting based in the western suburbs of Chicago. As a former IBCLC at a local hospital, I have experience providing both inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding support. In private practice, I have worked with hundreds of families throughout Chicagoland and beyond in the form of in-home, in-office and virtual consultations in addition to teaching breastfeeding classes and facilitating support groups.

I regularly attend professional breastfeeding conferences and complete ongoing training to keep up with the latest medical research and advances. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; I graduated summa cum laude in 2000. Since I began my career in lactation consulting in 2010, I have cultivated my own network of knowledgeable and experienced medical professionals in various specialties related to breastfeeding. In addition to offering you my own vast experience and resources as an IBCLC, I coordinate with these specialists to ensure that you receive comprehensive care when you need it most. As a mother of four, I understand how important it is to have a village.

I’ve learned that breastfeeding comes more easily to some mothers and babies than others. And most of us need help at some point or another. Just like walking, breastfeeding is instinctive and natural, but getting it right requires patience, practice and perseverance, along with some support and TLC.

I address the individual needs of both mother and baby. I am committed to providing warm, caring and unbiased support to help you reach your breastfeeding goals and enjoy the motherhood journey. Together, we will find a way.

Kate Manusos, RN, IBCLC, RLC

I’m Kate Manusos, a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I currently support families during their inpatient stay at a local hospital and have expanded to outpatient support. Seeking new learning opportunities and staying updated on best practices in the lactation community is important to me as there is always space to grow. Fun fact – I found out I passed my IBCLC exam at 38 weeks pregnant and went into labor with my second child a week later!

I graduated Purdue University (Boiler up!) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 and practiced at the bedside for ten years in a Chicago Neonatal ICU – eight of those as a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. Having a newborn in the NICU is undoubtedly one of the scariest experiences for a new family, but my favorite part of my time there was helping a parent bond with their baby. If they wanted to breastfeed – I was going to find a way to safely support them!

Early in my breastfeeding journey, I felt like no one was really listening to me and understood how much I was struggling.  These experiences shaped my approach: listening to and acknowledging your experience and goals. Your breastfeeding journey is unique to you, and my hope is to give you the strength and confidence to see that you are doing an amazing job for your baby and family.


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