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    Denise McDonald,  IBCLC - Brooklyn Breastfeeding

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    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 26-Apr-2021
    Subject:  ISO: Lactation consultant
    Comment:  Denise McDonald helped me, too, virtually when she was running an online support group.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 26-Apr-2021
    Subject:  ISO: Lactation consultant
    Comment:  Denise McDonald really helped me! We saw her in person. She takes Aetna insurance too and is located in the Columbia Street Waterfront.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 28-Dec-2020
    Subject:  Lactation Consultant on Aetna doing in person visits?
    Comment:  Denise McDonald is doing in person visit in her office (in Carroll Gardens) on Tuesdays and takes Aetna. She was amazing for me with my first (I had lots of BF issues) and I did a virtual consultation with her last week for my second and can’t say enough great things!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 20-Dec-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Denise is an amazing, caring, practical and a wonderful partner. Other consultants can be overly focused on breastfeeding at all costs. She considers the mental health / exhaustion of the mom as well as the feeding needs of the baby. She truly is a special find! Even with all virtual visits, she helped me be able to get over a very rough initial breastfeeding experience and keep going past my goal date! She does a weekly breastfeeding support clinic through Bend and Bloom that is helpful, in addition to 1:1 visits. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 09-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I ended up switching to a denise, who I’ve only emailed with but she is thorough and gets right back and has had some great suggestions to help improve my milk supply. Denise is In network with Aetna
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Denise was great, I highly recommend her and I would work with her again. She takes Aetna.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Denise was extremely supportive and didn't push - she understood my challenges and supported me 100%.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Amazing and covered by Aetna. She does home visits and has an office in cobble hill. She set us up for success in the first weeks when my baby lost a little too much weight. I was able to breastfeed exclusively with no problems because of her help.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  And many weeks later when I still had a cracked and bleeding nipple and was still struggling to figure it out, with a baby who was a lazy sucker, Denise somehow worked her magic and showed me new ways to approach, to hold, to be more comfortable. And after working with her it finally clicked. Baby and I are still breastfeeding and he is turning 1 this month. Now I have to figure how to stop doing it!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 30-Mar-2020
    Subject:  Virtual lactation help
    Comment:  Extra shoutout to Denise! She’s been hugely helpful for us virtually, and she’s given us great tips and tactical consults.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 30-Mar-2020
    Subject:  Virtual lactation help
    Comment:  My wife and I have been seeing Denise McDonald, who is excellent. It's hard virtually, but everything she suggested worked! Our baby is able to latch better, drink longer, and sleep more. We're very thankful. We have Aetna and she's in-network.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 27-Feb-2020
    Subject:  Lactation consultant
    Comment:  I used Denise McDonald and really liked her. I think she’s in-network with Aetna. She and one other IBCLC also do a clinic at Bend and Bloom Yoga studio for $40 on Thursdays if it’s more of a quick question and not something you think you’d need a full consultation for. (December 2019)
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Home visit LCs who take Aetna
    Comment:  I’d recommend Denise McDonald. She is very responsive and accepts Aetna.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Home visit LCs who take Aetna
    Comment:  I have Aetna and used Denise McDonald. She is wonderful, she has such a peaceful demeanor and makes you feel at ease no matter what you decide to do. She also does all the insurance work for you, so you don’t have to file anything yourself.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 17-Jan-2019
    Subject:  Lactation consultant to help with pumping?
    Comment:  I used Denise McDonald, she’s based in Brooklyn and takes Aetna insurance if that’s helpful. She was so awesome and helped me set up my pump! However I found this article super useful when I first started. https://livingwithlowmilksupply.com/how-to-use-spectra-s1-breast-pump. It tells you how to use let down mode first.Lactation consultants can be super $$ if not covered by insurance so you also may want to consider going to a La Leche mtg or BF support circle to get lactation support too! Good luck!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 08-Jan-2019
    Subject:  Lactation Consultant (Twins)
    Comment:  I also recommend Denise McDonald. I’m working with her now also.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 08-Jan-2019
    Subject:  Lactation Consultant (Twins)
    Comment:  I’m currently working with Denise McDonald who I am really loving. She is in the same price range as the other person someone suggested. She also brings a scale, makes house calls, is great about following up and her understanding and compassion for whatever you might be struggling through with breastfeeding has been amazing. Her contact info is: 917.887.8246
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 05-Dec-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  I can’t recommend Denise Mcdonald enough. She accepts Aetna and makes house calls.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I cannot say enough about Denise. The kindness, the depth of knowledge, THE KINDNESS. She came into my life at my most stressful point and ushered me into becoming a mom. She went above and beyond on several occasions (including a housecall on a Sunday morning) and offered several options to make the working relationship work for me financially. She is amazing.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 26-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Denise came to support just a few days after my daughter was born when breastfeeding was really difficult and painful. I really enjoyed working with her and so appreciated her help! She brought a scale to assess how much baby was eating and spent a couple hours with us, helping with techniques for baby’s latch and positioning. After the visit, she wrote up and sent a report with all the tips she’d shared, which was very helpful for referencing later.Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 26-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  5 star! Very knowledgeable, warm, great with baby and mom. Can help any one in any lactation situation. She’s amazing. Covered by insurance.Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 26-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Really lovely woman who spent a good deal of time with me and my baby However I was dismayed that I had problems getting her to follow up, she never answered my emails after our last visit. My issues weren’t really resolved.Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Denise was 100% supportive from day one. My supply came in very late, and without Denise's help, I would not have the supply I have today. Although I was not successful in breastfeeding, Denise tried everything possible to help my baby latch—from attending a lip tie surgery with my baby to practicing with a nipple shield and syringe. I came to terms that exclusively pumping was my best option, and Denise respected my decision. Later on, Denise was there to help when I had a clogged duct, and recommended a breast surgeon. I would have been lost without Denise's help! She goes above and beyond to help me, even as I will eventually wean.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  She was amazing. Came to our house the first day we contacted her, gave us LOTS of options for feeding if the nursing did not improve enough in the moment to continue, and checked in continuously for the next few weeks.Based on April, 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Aug-2017
    Subject:  [June2017babies] Lactation Consultant Recommendation
    Comment:  I second the recommendation for Denise McDonald. She worked with me a few times and she's great!
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 01-Aug-2017
    Subject:  [June2017babies] Lactation Consultant Recommendation
    Comment:  I met Denise McDonald at a breastfeeding support group and thought she was really great.The class I took was pretty helpful- at Bend and Bloom Yoga.