Shelly Taft

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

6 years of experience

Lives in Worcester, MA

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Experience & Education

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, University of Hartford, 2006
Professional Experience
Private Practice, Shelly Taft LLC, 2014-Current
LPN, UMass Memorial Hospital Worcester, Current

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Insurance Accepted

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
  • Cigna
  • Fallon
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Health Plans (part of Harvard Pilgrim)
  • Tufts
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    Areas Served

    Greater Boston, South Shore, Central Massachusetts, Monadnock, Northern Rhode Island

    What's a visit with me like?

    In-home visits typically last two hours, and include a weight check, assessment of mother, baby, and a feeding, and a written plan personalized to your individual needs. After visit you receive two weeks of follow-up support via email.

    Describe your philosophy towards breastfeeding and feeding.
    My goal is simple: make available to every parent the support and resources they need to feel empowered while nourishing their infant in whichever way works for their family. Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to provide optimal nutrition to your baby. Sometimes, however, obstacles can arise that make breastfeeding more difficult. When these situations occur, having personalized and comprehensive lactation support in your own home can truly help you overcome your difficulties and reach your goals

    What is your favorite part of working with new parents and infants?
    I love my job. I start every visit with the words "What are YOUR goals for breastfeeding?". And I end every visit with spit up (or poop) on my shirt, and sometimes dog slobber on my pants and cat hair on my scale bag (what is UP with all the cats who like to sleep in my scale bag?) But in between the start and finish is where it's at. Delighting over small feet, laughing at baby's facial expression, celebrating a latch that is no longer painful, discussing weights and poops and nipples and milk and pumping and breasts. Sometimes it's listening while mom cries and grieves that breastfeeding did not end up being what she wanted it to be, and that sucks. And of course, it's those occasional babies who come along and humble you, remind you how much you don't know and how important it is to keep learning. And in between those visits, it's the calls from moms with crying babies in the background, or the calls from partners because mom is too busy crying with baby to call. And it's the texts full of pictures of babies with chubby cheeks, poop filled diapers, and an occasional picture of nipple with the words IS THAT NORMAL???? It's staying up late writing reports and documenting. It's realizing that you spent four hours in one day just driving (180,000 miles on my car and counting).

    Describe any particular areas of expertise related to feeding
    I specialize in slow weight gain, tongue tie, NICU graduates, and twins.


    “Shelly is amazing. Thank you for making the connection!”

    Heather, In-home Visit – New Hampshire
    June 2020

    “It was great that Shelly was able to give me the nipple shield and supplemental tools so that we could use them right away”

    Lilli, In-home Visit – Boston, MA
    October 2019