My mission is to offer counseling, support and help to expectant and breastfeeding mothers during the period in a woman’s life that can be both monumentally exquisite, and yet overwhelmingly fragile. I approach breastfeeding from a place of acceptance. I do not tell mothers what they “should” or “shouldn’t” do. Rather, I listen to the needs of the mother and baby, so we may find a comfortable plan that feels right. None of us are alike. Each mother and baby are individuals with unique circumstances, and they ought to be treated with consideration for their specific needs as well as respect for their religious and cultural beliefs. My mission is to help make possible a gentle transition from being pregnant to becoming a breastfeeding mom.
Ayelet Kaznelsonis an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Born in Israel, she moved to New York City in 1989. After the birth of her daughter in 1999, Ayelet started training to become a lactation consultant at Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. When the Center closed in 2003, she was invited by her mentors to co-found a private practice, The Manhattan Lactation Group, and was also asked by Erica Lyon to join the original staff at Realbirth, New York City’s first comprehensive childbirth education and postpartum center. She received her Lactation Counseling Certification in 2002, and after the birth of her son in 2004, Ayelet passed the International Board Certification exam. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 where she started a private practice, The Los Angeles Lactation Group, and was a staff lactation consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Ayelet returned to New York City and her private practice in 2007. In addition to providing lactation home visits, Ayelet is also teaching and running clinics at Seleni, Center for Women. She resides in Manhattan with her 2 children, Zoë and Liam and her husband Todd.