Evidence-based breastfeeding education and support for the whole family.
Every family has a unique experience and my job is to honor and encourage that. Transitioning through pregnancy, birth, and becoming a parent is difficult as it is, but adding the expectation of breastfeeding on top of that can be a lot of pressure. My goal is to help you feel empowered to choose the feeding plan that is best for your family’s lifestyle. I am focused on providing evidence-based lactation education and tailored support to all families regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.
My name is Lauren Jones and I am a Certified Lactation Counselor. With the help of my many professional experiences and a lot of encouragement from previous and current clients, Realistically Fed was created and I am so excited to continue supporting families in a more official way. My goals are to create brave spaces for families to express and work through breastfeeding concerns, provide evidence-based lactation education, connect families to helpful and supportive local resources, help build community among families and ensure that families feel more informed, prepared and empowered as they venture through their birthing and breastfeeding journeys.
A little about me, I am Georgia-raised, Auburn University-Nutrition educated, and have been a resident of Nashville for 7 years. Since becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children Project in 2017, I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with families near and far on their breastfeeding journeys. I was first introduced to the birthing and prenatal world in 2015 while working at a prenatal yoga studio here in Nashville. This experience peaked my interest in the field, leading me to become a Nutrition Educator at WIC where I served the community and gained valuable in-person lactation experience. After leaving WIC in 2019, I taught sex ed in schools, took a social work job, and continued serving families by providing lactation support in- person and virtually. In 2021, I joined the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition and have enjoyed serving Nashville's larger breastfeeding community! I am studying to take the IBCLE exam in 2022 to expand my knowledge in lactation! My husband, dog and I live in East Nashville.
Consulting Services + PRICING
Breastfeeding looks and feels different for every family. A free introductory phone consultation is the first step to figuring out what type of lactation support is right for you. Take a look at the different support services I offer and contact me via the website or email to get set up!
During this visit we will go over the basics of lactation, discuss your breastfeeding goals and come up with an action plan and discuss helpful resources and tools that could aid in your birth and breastfeeding journey.
During this visit we will address any concerns about latching, supply, positioning or any general breastfeeding questions you have. We will also create and discuss your breastfeeding care plan. Includes follow up texting.
This can also be a visit to address pumping, going back to work and introducing solids into baby's diet
This is a follow up home visit to address any additional questions or concerns from the initial home visit.
If you are signed up for any of the continued support plans, you will receive a 20% off discount for this visit.
*fees may vary for distance needed to travel if outside of davidson county
Virtual support is a convenient option for families in or outside of Nashville! Since these visits do not require travel, they are a great option for local families who need to be scheduled urgently. These visits also provide flexibility since they are offered in 30 minute time slots. We can meet via Phone, Facetime, Zoom and Google Meet.
During this session, I will answer any questions you have about breastfeeding, we discuss lactation basics, discuss your breastfeeding goals and come up with an action plan. I will also share helpful resources and tools that could aid in your birth and breastfeeding journey.
Similar to the Initial home visit, this is the "virtual house call" when you are home with baby and the latch doesn't feel right or it hurts. We will address latching concerns, trouble shoot, adjust and I can answer any questions you have! I would recommend video for this visit.
Back to work/pumping
This session is perfect for anyone wanting to add pumping to their feeding routine. This includes going back to work, pumping instead of nursing or just wanting to be able to allow someone else to feed baby from a bottle.
This is a comprehensive, evidence-based breastfeeding basics class that covers: health outcomes for baby and birther, breast anatomy, how milk is made, basics of latching, increasing supply, the golden hour, the 4th trimester, breastfeeding challenges, goal setting, support, resource and supplies suggestions, pumping and more!
Group rates are available! Just ask!
Continued Support Plans
Continued support plans are a subscription based offering to continue supporting you and your family throughout your breastfeeding journey. I will be available to answer breastfeeding and nutrition related questions via text and phone calls on a daily basis. If you are subscribed to a continued support plan all other visits are 20% off.
month to month
3 month plan
6 month Plan
BundleD Support and Giftcards
You can bundle any services (with the exception of the continued support plans) for 15% off. Email me to talk about gift cards for any service or continued support plans!
The first Year bundle $550
The bundle includes:
3 in-home visits
5 half hour virtual consultations
unlimited text support
The perfect bundled support plan for the family who has plans to breastfeed for 1 year. Home visits and virtual consultations can be used during every stage of their baby's development or a transition back to work.
Sliding fee Scale & alternative options
If you are currently working but are not offered any paid family leave, let's talk and figure out a more reasonable fee.
If you can pay for services at cost and would like to donate funds to provide lactation support for others or contribute to a scholarship fund for more lactation counselors, let's talk!
If you are not currently working or want to learn more about free lactation services in the Nashville area, i've got you covered. Email me with the subject line "free and local lactation" and we can figure out a plan of action that is right for you!
“I cannot recommend working with Lauren enough! We first met before my son was born and she was so knowledgeable and approachable about my first time mom fears/concerns/questions on breastfeeding! Once he was here, she was a tremendous resource from birth up until this day! Breastfeeding is a beautiful but hard journey and it helped me so much having constant encouragement in Lauren! She keeps it real, provides so many good tips and solutions and most of all gives you the confidence to feed your baby in the right way for you!”
“ Lauren saved my nipples! We were in the NICU and, on top of the emotional drain, pumping for our baby was excruciating. She helped me make a few easy changes and immediately I felt better. I am so glad I called on Lauren for help. Her compassion and expertise helped me gain confidence as a first time mom. Highly recommend working with her!”
“ I did zero research on breastfeeding before I had my first child. I thought it would all just happen naturally! I was having pain from my baby latch early on and knew I needed help. Lauren was so supportive! Since we lived in different states, she was so flexible with calls, FaceTime, and pictures. She helped me feel more confident with breastfeeding and showed me different techniques to help with the pain. I felt like I could reach out to her at any time of the day and she would be there to help. Lauren even encouraged me to see a lactation consultant in my area for that in-person hands on support that’s so important. Thank you for helping me breastfeed my baby!!”
“Lauren is a lifesaver! I was not lucky enough to receive help from a lactation consultant while learning to breastfeed my first child. For the first month of her life, she struggled, I struggled, we cried, and we stressed! With my second child, I was so thankful to help Lauren by my side! In February of 2019 when my son was 8 months he seemed to have no interest in feeding and my supply began diminishing. Of course, as a mother, I began stressing and wondering what I was doing wrong. Lauren was there for me! She was constantly checking in on me, sending me tips and tricks to try, and being my emotional support. As a mother of two who breastfed collectively for 3.5 years so much of my breastfeeding journey relied on being reassured, Lauren was my constant reassurance and voice of reason. I am so thankful I was lucky enough to have found such wonderful, compassionate help!”
" You can read all about breastfeeding, take a class on how to breastfeed, but when it comes down to it...you really need someone in-person with you once you have your baby to help you! I'm a new mom and had my baby in July 2021. At the hospital, they help you with the basics of breastfeeding, but it's a bit of trial and error until you get the hang of it. On day 3, after a poor latch during a breastfeeding session, my nipple became quite bruised and nursing became painful. This is when I reached out to Lauren! Lauren came to my home and worked with me on getting the right latch, answered my many questions, and worked 1:1 with me to see if there were any tweaks we could do to make breastfeeding successful. This was so helpful, especially given it was just days after my baby's birth and I wanted to make sure she was getting my colostrum, aka the liquid gold! About two weeks later, we found out that our babe is lactose intolerant. After chatting with Lauren and our pediatrician, I went dairy free. I really didn't want to switch to formula if there was any way I could continue to breastfeed. Lauren was so detailed and thoughtful -- asking me to check everything for milk products, even the vitamins I was taking. I hadn't even thought to check my probiotic, which of course had dairy! Our sweet babe is 5 weeks old now and I've been breastfeeding exclusively. I'm thankful for the support and confidence Lauren has given me on my breastfeeding journey. She checks in on you to see how you're doing and is a kind-hearted person who cares and is passionate about helping women on their breastfeeding journeys. If you're struggling with breastfeeding and would like help, I highly recommend working with Lauren!"
“A huge part of being a great doula is having trusted, thoughtful, talented people around you that you trust to refer your clients to. Before my clients even ask for breastfeeding support, I send them Lauren’s contact in anticipation and 100% of the time they reach out and are so grateful. When a new parent is postpartum and has breastfeeding needs, the needs are urgent and often very primal. There isn’t really time to even look up online who would be a good fit as a lactation counselor, they need help asap. I send them to Lauren because I know they will be in knowledgeable, encouraging and comforting hands. Much of Lauren’s approach is understanding the person and where they are mentally before jumping to solve their physical challenge, and in my mind that’s not only the best way, it’s the only way. “
Carolyn C., Doula
“ When it came to my first born child, I had no birth plan, no high expectations of what things had to look like. The only thing I knew for certain is that I wanted to try and breastfeed, and if all worked out well in the beginning, I wanted to breastfeed for one year. It was my goal. I was fortunate enough to have everything I needed to get my breastfeeding journey started right. We got the latch down pat at the hospital moments before we left, and my baby was AN EATER. At seven months, however, things changed. One day, she was crying with hunger, so I went to nurse her, and suddenly she looked at me like I was an alien. Nothing. She wouldn’t nurse. I was pumping as well at the time, so I thought nothing of it and just gave her a bottle. For a solid week, my baby showed me that, out of the blue, she was just done nursing.
For any woman who has wanted to provide breast milk exclusively for her baby, she knows that the baby stopping nursing is a living nightmare. Pumping became my part time job. Multiple hours of the day were devoted to pumping, and the anxiety that filled me to produce, produce, produce was taking a toll. My production slowed. Finally, I asked for help on social media. Multiple friends led me to Lauren, and I can hardly even describe how luckyI am that they did.
Lauren happily (and efficiently) texted with me for days with advice, articles, how-to-videos, and more. She didn’t pressure me into continuing to pump exclusively. She didn’t make me feel guilty or overwhelmed or like I needed to try harder. She also didn’t discourage me from meeting my goal. She simply gave me the exact tools I needed. Lauren taught me everything I needed to know with a side of extreme grace, patience, and kindness. She checked on me and my baby throughout the rest of my journey. Thanks to her (along with an incredible support system at home), I was able to meet my goal and then some. I will always feel indebted to her for how she cared for me in a time when I really needed it. I am so proud of my breastfeeding journey, and I owe so much of that to Lauren.”
" I am a proud mom of two. My son is four and I successfully breastfed him for his first year of life. It took us about a month to get our groove, but breastfeeding with him did not come with the challenges breastfeeding my daughter did.
Right after my delivery with my daughter June, I went into major medical distress. June was taken from us to be cared for by the baby nurses while I needed major medical interventions and a lifesaving surgery. In a 24-hour span, I had a full blood transfusion, was rushed into a 3-hour surgery, spent hours on a vent and 24-hours in the ICU. Post-surgery during my time in the ICU, June was unable to spend time with me due to COVID precautions. I was unable to nurse her during that time and did not have the physical and mental capacity to pump to keep up my milk supply.
After I was discharged from the ICU, I spent a week in the hospital. June was able to be with me at this point, but I was emotionally and physically exhausted. Hospital lactation consultants would come in and try to get me to latch her and pump, but I shooed them away. My desire was to nurse her, but while I was hospitalized I put off the effort and energy until I got home in my space then I would do my best if my body allowed it. I was told that I would probably not be able to produce milk due to my drastic blood loss. June spent the first week of her life only being formula fed.
When I got home, the work to breastfeed began. I would nurse June then my husband or mom would formula feed her to supplement what I was producing. At the time, I was not producing what June needed and I was at a loss for how to increase my milk production. I took the little I knew from my first breastfeeding experience, and began pumping. My efforts were not meeting June's needs.
Enter Lauren. Lauren provided me with tips for nursing and pumping to increase my supply. She guided me through dream feeds and power pumping. Lauren really made all the difference in getting my milk supply up to be able to sustain June's needs. Within 2 weeks of following Lauren's guidance, June was no longer needing to be supplemented and I no longer had to put in the extra work to get my milk supply up. I reached my goal of nursing June to one-year-old just like her big brother and it wouldn't have been possible without Lauren's support! I 1000% recommend her!"