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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 5, 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***

Please inquire to check insurance eligibility

Prices range from $50-$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: cash, Paypal, Venmo and credit card.

To request a consultation, please fill out an inquiry form at the bottom of the website.

*3% fee added to all credit card transactions*

*A travel fee of $25 will be added to consultations that are more than 20 miles away*

In-home consultations are offered to Culpeper, VA & surrounding areas, Purcellville, VA & surrounding areas AND Lewes, DE & surrounding areas. 

IN-HOME OR VIRTUAL INITIAL CONSULTATION

Includes 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.

IN-HOME OR VIRTUAL FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATION

Continuation of breastfeeding management based off of a previous consultation. Roughly 60 minutes.

VIRTUAL BACK TO WORK CONSULTATION

Includes reviewing a pumping schedule to store milk for the first day back to work, discussion on how to manage the logistics of pumping in the work place, how to bottle feed the breastfed infant including how much baby needs while away from mom and addressing any other questions pertaining to the return to work. Roughly 30 minutes.

 
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COMPREHENSIVE BREASTFEEDING CLASS SCHEDULE

*All classes are virtual*

To register for a class, please fill out an inquiry form at the bottom of the website.

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

*3% fee added to all credit card transactions*

 
Nursing Newborn

JANUARY 27, 2022 AT 7:00PM

Breastfeeding: Hive to Honey

$150

~It is best to take this comprehensive class 1-2 months before the birth of your baby. The class is a solid 3 hours and packed full of everything you need to know in regards to breastfeeding, beginning with colostrum harvesting in the last weeks of pregnancy all the way to weaning.

~This is a very popular class for first time moms AND experienced breastfeeding moms looking for a refresher or to break down the barriers that got in the way of a previous breastfeeding journey. 

~If there is something that isn't covered in the class, let me know on your registration form and I will add it to my class for you. My goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident going into your breastfeeding journey. 

~HOT topics covered: why it's important to exclusively breastfeed, how to choose a breastfeeding friendly pediatrician, gut microbiome of newborn, anatomy, hormones, stages of lactation, skin to skin, critical period, second night syndrome, cluster feeding, 4th trimester, latching & positioning, how to know your baby is getting enough, hand expression, pacifiers and bottles for the breastfed baby, common complications and barriers, supplements, medications, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, COVID & breastfeeding, contraindications, colostrum harvesting, storage and safe handling of breastmilk, returning to work, introducing solids, breastfeeding beyond infancy, weaning and much more!!

Mother Baby Bonding

MARCH 9, 2022 AT 7:00PM

Breastfeeding: Hive to Honey

$150

~It is best to take this comprehensive class 1-2 months before the birth of your baby. The class is a solid 3 hours and packed full of everything you need to know in regards to breastfeeding, beginning with colostrum harvesting in the last weeks of pregnancy all the way to weaning.

~This is a very popular class for first time moms AND experienced breastfeeding moms looking for a refresher or to break down the barriers that got in the way of a previous breastfeeding journey. 

~If there is something that isn't covered in the class, let me know on your registration form and I will add it to my class for you. My goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident going into your breastfeeding journey. 

~HOT topics covered: why it's important to exclusively breastfeed, how to choose a breastfeeding friendly pediatrician, gut microbiome of newborn, anatomy, hormones, stages of lactation, skin to skin, critical period, second night syndrome, cluster feeding, 4th trimester, latching & positioning, how to know your baby is getting enough, hand expression, pacifiers and bottles for the breastfed baby, common complications and barriers, supplements, medications, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, COVID & breastfeeding, contraindications, colostrum harvesting, storage and safe handling of breastmilk, returning to work, introducing solids, breastfeeding beyond infancy, weaning and much more!!

Breast Milk Pump

APRIL 20, 2022 AT 7:00PM

Breastfeeding: Hive to Honey

$150

~It is best to take this comprehensive class 1-2 months before the birth of your baby. The class is a solid 3 hours and packed full of everything you need to know in regards to breastfeeding, beginning with colostrum harvesting in the last weeks of pregnancy all the way to weaning.

~This is a very popular class for first time moms AND experienced breastfeeding moms looking for a refresher or to break down the barriers that got in the way of a previous breastfeeding journey. 

~If there is something that isn't covered in the class, let me know on your registration form and I will add it to my class for you. My goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident going into your breastfeeding journey. 

~HOT topics covered: why it's important to exclusively breastfeed, how to choose a breastfeeding friendly pediatrician, gut microbiome of newborn, anatomy, hormones, stages of lactation, skin to skin, critical period, second night syndrome, cluster feeding, 4th trimester, latching & positioning, how to know your baby is getting enough, hand expression, pacifiers and bottles for the breastfed baby, common complications and barriers, supplements, medications, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, COVID & breastfeeding, contraindications, colostrum harvesting, storage and safe handling of breastmilk, returning to work, introducing solids, breastfeeding beyond infancy, weaning and much more!!

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Melanie definitely knows her stuff! I breastfed my first two children for 15-months each. I am currently pregnant with my third and took the class thinking it would be something of a refresher. My, there was so much more for me to learn! I am very happy and now feel more confident and educated about my future breastfeeding journey with my third. Wishing I had her on my side with my first two kiddos! Thank you, Melanie.

Sam Irvin

Melanie saved my sanity, and my breastfeeding journey. She was able to validate my concerns that something was physically preventing my newborn from latching and effectively transferring milk, and she worked with me to help solve the issue. Her follow up date was phenomenal, and she was so professional during her home visit! I will be forever thankful for her help!

Jordan Leonard

Melanie's Hive to Honey class gives you all of the education and confidence you need to meet your breastfeeding goals! She presents some of the latest studies and keeps everything evidence based! I highly recommend her class for mom's to be, new mom's or really anyone that wants to learn more about breastfeeding. She is a great IBCLC to learn from!

Amanda Hartman

 

CONTACT MELANIE TO BOOK A LACTATION CONSULTATION OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN A BREASTFEEDING CLASS

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