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MELANIE ACON, MA, IBCLC

Owner and Operator
Serving Culpeper, VA and surrounding areas

Hello! Thanks for stopping in! My name is Melanie Acon and I am the owner and operator of Bee Nourished Lactation Services. I am married, have three children all of who were and are breastfed and live in Culpeper, VA!

My vision for a private practice for lactation consulting began many years ago after struggling to breastfeed my first child. I had minimal support and was faced with a lot of obstacles during the entire 12 months I breastfed. Once my son turned 12 months, I let out a huge sigh of relief and thought to myself “WOW no one else should ever have to go through that alone.” That is when I realized I wanted to dedicate my career to being a part of the solution for the lack of lactation support available to breastfeeding families.

In 2017, I began the pathway II program to IBCLC at Union Institute and University. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Health and Wellness with a special concentration in Human Lactation in 2019. During the program I spent eight months in an internship working directly with a RN, IBCLC on the post-partum floor of Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. My preceptor is a highly trained lactation consultant and taught me everything I know about lactation consulting in the clinical setting. We worked with a wide range of breastfeeding families, all the way from premature babies in the NICU to breastfeeding toddlers.

I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in December of 2020 and opened Bee Nourished Lactation Services in March of 2021. Because I am so deeply passionate about breastfeeding and I strongly believe every family deserves evidence based education and support, I am offering once monthly live virtual comprehensive breastfeeding classes and in-home and virtual consultations. Topics for the classes are in depth and custom tailored to meet the individual needs of the breastfeeding family. The class covers everything you need to know from antenatal colostrum harvesting to introducing solid foods, weaning and beyond! For follow up support after the birth of your baby  I am offering in-home and virtual lactation consultations. Scroll down on the website for more information on classes and consultations!

 
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LILLY SENG, IBCLC

Serving Loudoun County

Lilly Seng is a mother of 6, and for over a decade she has had a passion for supporting and educating mothers/families specifically throughout pregnancy, birth, and lactation. She is located in Loudoun County, VA and supports families at Prince William Medical Center in their L&D, Postpartum, and NICU units when she’s not serving our Bee Nourished families.

Her experience includes being certified as a childbirth educator through CAPPA (Childbirth And Postpartum Professionals Association) since 2010 and being certified to serve families as a birth doula through DONA international. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2017 and prior to that served breastfeeding families in the community through La Leche League as an accredited leader since 2011. Over the last five years she has worked for two separate hospitals providing lactation support and prenatal education. Over the last decade she has founded breastfeeding support groups, and lead countless group meetings, in Manassas, Haymarket, and Warrenton, as well as provided support for families in Fairfax and Western Loudoun. Virtually, on Facebook, she is the founder/moderator of the very active group "Northern Virginia Breastfeeding Support". She also obtained certifications and has served her community as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician as well as an AHA BLS CPR instructor. Her wide range of experience allows her to be able to bring many different aspects of patient care and lactation support to the unique care of the families she’s honored to serve.

She truly believes in the importance of empowering women/families throughout this stage of their lives. Support is essential through out all of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and so on. She is here to educate and assist parents with what they need to know as they embark on this journey to provide life giving nourishment through their remarkable bodies!

Lilly was born in Puerto Rico and was raised bilingual here in Northern Virginia. She specializes in providing support and education in both English and Spanish. When not serving families, she is fully dedicated to her own family as a homeschooling mother of her five children. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, photography, homesteading, and hiking/camping with her kids.

All of what she does, she does for families. Lilly believes that a strong foundation is the key for success in all areas of life. It is thanks to her family and all their support that she is able to help others as she does. Her hope is to inspire those around her as she has been inspired herself.

 

LACTATION CONSULTATIONS

***Now accepting health insurance***

Prices range from $100-$250. All payments are due at time of service.

A superbill will be provided for all self-pay lactation consultation services. 

Lactation services may be purchased as gifts.

Forms of payment accepted: Paypal, Venmo and credit card.

*3% + $0.30 fee added to all credit card transactions*

To request a consultation with Melanie Acon, MA, IBCLC in Culpeper County, please fill out an inquiry form at the bottom of the website.

To book a consultation with Lilly Seng, IBCLC in Loudoun County, please click the links provided below.

*A travel fee of $35 will be added to all in-home consultations when the IBCLC travels to you*


LEESBURG IN-OFFICE CONSULTATION

In- person consultations in our new office space will be offered starting Wednesday Sept. 7th, 2022! 

Location: 821 King Street Suite B Leesburg, VA 20175

Hours: Wednesdays 7:30am-2:30pm

In-person consultations include an assessment of breasts and nipples, assessment of baby's mouth and suck, pre and post feed weights, observation of a feeding, troubleshoot and management of breastfeeding concerns, latching and positioning techniques shown and a manageable care plan given based on the feeding goals of the breastfeeding mother.


Roughly 60-90 minutes.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN OFFICE VISIT WITH LILLY SENG, IBCLC AT OUR LEESBURG LOCATION

IN-HOME CONSULTATION

In-home consultations will be offered on a case-by-case basis to clients in the Loudoun County, VA area and Culpeper County, VA area. 

In-home consultations include an assessment of breasts and nipples, assessment of baby's mouth and suck, pre and post feed weights, observation of a feeding, troubleshoot and management of breastfeeding concerns, latching and positioning techniques shown and a manageable care plan given based on the feeding goals of the breastfeeding mother.

Roughly 60-90 minutes.

Travel fee of $35 added to all in-home consultations.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN IN-HOME CONSULTATION WITH LILLY SENG, IBCLC, IN LOUDOUN COUNTY

TO BOOK AN IN-HOME CONSULTATION WITH MELANIE ACON, MA, IBCLC, IN CULPEPER COUNTY, FILL OUT AN INQUIRY FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBSITE

VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

Virtual consultations will assess and discuss difficulties as we develop a plan that will work best for the entire family! We work with your providers to make sure you receive the best care possible for yourself and your infant(s).

These types of visits are perfect for non-urgent prenatal visits, follow-ups, and or to answer your list of questions! Assessments may also be done virtually on a case-by-case basis.


Roughly 45-60 minutes.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A VIRTUAL CONSULTATION WITH LILLY SENG, IBCLC

TO BOOK A VIRTUAL CONSULTATION WITH MELANIE ACON, MA, IBCLC, FILL OUT AN INQUIRY FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBSITE

 
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BEE NOURISHED CLASS OFFERINGS!

To register for a class, please click the links provided below each class description.

All classes are offered in-person in our new office space: 821 King Street Suite B Leesburg, VA 20175

Forms of payment accepted: Paypal, Venmo and credit card.

*3% + $0.30 fee added to all credit card transactions*

 
Mother Baby Bonding

BREASTFEEDING: GETTING STARTED

$150/COUPLE

Dates offered: Sept. 10, 2022, Oct. 8, 2022, Nov. 12, 2022, Dec. 10, 2022

All classes are from 6:45pm-8:45pm

On your marks, get set, go! We're now offering a ‘Getting Started’ class for breastfeeding! This will be perfect for parents who benefit from hands on learning! We’ll be going over all the basics and “how to’s” of nursing with couples in mind. Join us for an evening of learning how to love at first latch!

To sign up for this class, fill out an inquiry form at the bottom of this website- make sure to specify which date you would like to sign up for.

Class Location: 821 King Street Suite B Leesburg, VA 20175

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS

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INFANT CPR

$60/PERSON OR $100/COUPLE

Dates offered: Sept. 10, 2022, Oct. 8, 2022, Nov. 12, 2022, Dec. 10, 2022

All classes are from 5:30pm-6:30pm

We're now offering an in person infant CPR taught by our very own AHA Certified BLS Instructor Lilly Seng, IBCLC. Slots are limited so please register early. This class will cover the basics of how to respond when an infant requires rescue breathing, CPR, and choking support. Hands on practice will be provided. Come learn skills that are important when caring for an infant and leave feeling prepared!

To sign up for this class, fill out an inquiry form at the bottom of this website- make sure to specify which date you would like to sign up for.

Class Location: 821 King Street Suite B Leesburg, VA 20175

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I have never worked with a lactation consultant before, but have really been struggling with nursing my second child. I reached out to Bee Nourished last week and they got an appointment scheduled for me so quickly and have been amazing at their communication with scheduling and follow-up items. The appointment I had was with Lilly and she was absolutely amazing. She put me at ease, was very thorough and knowledgeable. I feel more equipped to continue as needed and wish I would have reached out sooner. I already have my next appointment scheduled and would recommend Lilly and Bee Nourished to all nursing mothers!

Rachel Pumphrey

I have worked with both Melanie and Lily and they are both wonderful. Melanie I saw early postpartum for some initial breastfeeding challenges. She was so kind and knowledgeable and really helped me be successful.

Lily I saw virtually close to the one year mark to talk about gradual weaning and extended breastfeeding. She took so much time to listen to my questions and concerns and come up with a plan that worked for me and my son. I especially appreciate that her advice is based on evidence and not just her personal opinion (which I didn’t always experience with other lactation consultants).

I highly recommend these kind, supportive, knowledgeable providers!

Jacqueline Ontell

We loved working with Lilly and I’m so thankful for her! We started seeing her when my daughter was just a few days old up until she was just about 7 months old! At my daughters first pediatrician appointment following birth we realized she was close to a 9% weight loss which was alarming. Lilly helped us make a plan to make sure Francesca’s weight went back up and in a little over 2 weeks she was all caught up. I truly felt like Lilly was in it with us. She was so invested in seeing my baby girl succeed with breastfeeding and weight gain. Every time we had a victory with her weight she was just as happy as us. Lilly not only helped us through that and the typical troubles of early breastfeeding but another minor dip in weight around 5 months old. Again she helped us make a plan and we set up a few follow up appointments to make sure Francesca was on track. Just like the first time we got her all caught up + some!

Lilly truly loves what she does. She is VERY thorough, dedicated and 100% invested in her clients!!

Lea Piccoli

I cannot find enough good things to say about our experience working with Melanie. We had a very rocky start to our feeding journey, and had no lactation support from our hospital. When we got Melanie involved, it was evident from the start that she was not only extremely knowledgeable, but that she cared about our family. She was so compassionate, supportive and nonjudgmental in finding feeding solutions that would work best for both myself and my baby. She was a light in the hectic early postpartum days when you just want to ensure that your baby is thriving. I would recommend Melanie to any of my friends, and would absolutely work with her again.

Kelly Pastore

 

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