Nicole Peluso

Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD, AATH is a lactation consultant, doula and certified attachment parenting educator based out of the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Nicole was certified through the IBLCE, the National Institute of Midwifery, and Attachment Parenting Intl. She holds a B.A. in English from Boston College with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She is the founder of the Los Angeles Smart Birth Program, a non-profit that provides free doula and breastfeeding support to teenage mothers. Nicole believes that each family is unique and that support and education are the keys to empowered experiences. Nicole is the mother of three children all born peacefully with the help of midwives.

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Birth Doula Services

By providing ongoing emotional and physical support for you and your partner throughout labor, a birth doula's presence can significantly diminish a mother's chance of perinatal complications. Go to the birth doula page for information about the high cesarean rates in Los Angeles and how hiring a birth doula can increase the likelihood of a natural, vaginal birth for you and your baby.

Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula “mothers the mother” in the weeks following birth. A mother who works with a postpartum doula after her baby is born has reduced incidents of sleep deprivation, depression, and nursing problems. Mother/baby bonding is strengthened as her confidence in her new journey grows. Unlike hiring a baby nurse, a postpartum doula's primary focus is on the mother.

Lactation Help

Did you find my site while surfing the internet with a hungry baby in your arms and no resources to answer your questions? Are you suffering from painful engorgement, sore nipples, poor latch, or a baby who hasn't regained his birth weight? To book an appointment for a lactation consultation, please call 323-595-4006. Most visits are covered by insurance.

Insurance Coverage

My services and some products are covered by most PPO plans, often at no upfront cost to you. If you have Aetna, United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Blue Shield, or any other PPO, your lactation visit or doula package may be partially or fully covered. I also offer a sliding scale for clients without insurance or with a lower income. Please give me a call for more information: 323-595-4006.

I’m indebted to you for helping me and the boys work through our breastfeeding challenges. I know they are healthier and happier and we are closer because we were able to get that to work. Sometimes I think it’s a miracle that I was able to do this for them, and you were a huge part of that! -A.P., mother of twin boys and postpartum doula client