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 A holistic approach to gently bringing baby into the flow of Family life
Andrea Syms-Brown

Andrea Syms-Brown is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice. 

 

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, she is very well established and highly regarded in New York City having been an independent Newborn Care Specialist/Educator for over three decades, a private practice IBCLC for twenty years and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor for twelve years.

Andrea has served as both President (2012-14) and Education Director (2008-12) of the New York Lactation Consultant Association. She is the founder of Baby in the Family LLC which has offered popular prenatal education workshops online for streaming and in group sessions around New York City for almost two decades. Volunteering at a shelter for homeless mums, providing free breastfeeding support circles twice monthly and affordable weekly online breastfeeding support sessions reflects Andrea’s dedication to breastfeeding families. 

 

Based in New York City, Baby in the Family LLC provides prenatal education and continuous postpartum support to clients in the Tri State area and via the internet, the World!

Reviews

"Andrea Syms Brown is AMAZING!!! Thoughtful, gentle, very knowledgeable."

"I had a miserable experience with nursing...bleeding nipples, fissure through the nipple, clogged ducts, etc. I ended up with a lactation consultant who was of no help, but then someone recommended Andrea Syms-Brown. I LOVE HER!!!! Andrea taught me how to nurse. Period. Without it hurting. She taught me how to nurse without pillows, in multiple positions, standing up, lying down, walking around. She spent hours during her visit- she conducted a thorough assessment and didn't leave until I felt comfortable giving it a go on my own. She taught me how to control my flow, how to clear my clogged ducts. What I loved even more about her was that she was supportive and available whenever I needed her, and that was often :) We spoke on the phone, emailed, and texted. She also runs a nursing support group. It used to meet at Gumbo on Atlantic, but I believe she's now somewhere in Park Slope. I learned so much about the myths and truths of breastfeeding and motherhood during those groups. Anyway, I highly highly highly recommend Andrea. I wouldn't have been able to continue nursing without her."

"I highly recommend Andrea Syms-Brown as a lactation consultant. I saw Andrea for the first time 4 days after having my child when I was frustrated, struggling and in pain from trying to breastfeed. Andrea turned things around for us almost instantly. Her approach is gentle, intuitive and very supportive. Within minutes she had helped me to have my daughter latch and we have been able to maintain all of the gains since her visit. After meeting with her you have access to her via phone, text, and video until your child is weaned. Andrea takes your progress very seriously and doesn't leave you on your own after the home visit. We have spoken daily since meeting and texted multiple times a day. She comes up with a very specific plan for you and your baby and then continues to tweak it accordingly. I cannot stress enough how helpful Andrea has been. Without her I would have further damaged my breasts and likely been forced to give up on breastfeeding. One final note: if you are having trouble with breastfeeding, as so many women do, reach out to a lactation consultant sooner than later. I damaged my nipple in just two days. Time is of the essence."

"Andrea is nothing short of amazing and I wholeheartedly recommend her. The nursing positions that the lactation consultants in the hospital taught me required me to contort my body in unnatural and uncomfortable ways. During my two hour visit with Andrea, she showed me some simple but very effective, comfortable, and natural ways to breast feed.  Within hours of her visit, my son was latching and he has been breast feeding without any problems since. Not only is Andrea very knowledgeable about what she does, she is also extremely warm and supportive.  Andrea also makes herself available by phone/text/video until you wean your child. 


I owe my success with breast feeding to Andrea. Finally, once you meet with Andrea for a lactation session, she is a resource for as long as you continue to breastfeed your child. I look forward to using her knowledge for many, many months to come. I highly, highly recommend Andrea's services."

 

"In our two-hour appointment, Andrea Syms-Brown did an absolutely amazing job of figuring out what subtle problems I was having nursing my 13-day-old daughter. she asked great questions and gave clear instructions (including using my phone to videotape a successful latch so that I could refer to it once she'd gone), and we are seeing immediate results. She is so incredibly knowledgeable!"
 

 

 

 


"Andrea's calm and approachable demeanor in the face of a frustrating breastfeeding experience was exactly what I needed, and by the time she left, I was better equipped to feed my child. I simply  couldn't be more thankful for that. She was also super proactive about filling out insurance reimbursement forms, and I didn't even know that reimbursement was a possibility!"

 

"I highly recommend Andrea Syms-Brown as a lactation consultant. I saw Andrea for the first time 4 days after having  my child when I was frustrated, struggling and in pain from trying to breastfeed. Andrea turned things around for us almost instantly. Her approach is gentle, intuitive and very supportive. Within minutes she had helped me to have my daughter latch and we have been able to maintain all of the gains since her visit. After meeting with her you have access to her via phone, text, and video until your child is weaned.  Andrea takes your progress very seriously and doesn't leave you on your own after the home visit. We have spoken daily since meeting and texted multiple times a day.  She comes up with a very specific plan for you and your baby and then continues to tweak it accordingly."
 


"I cannot stress enough how helpful Andrea has been. Without her I would have likely been forced to give up on breastfeeding."

"I just had a baby in August and was recommended Freda by my pediatrician. She didn't have availability so she referred me to Andrea Syms-Brown. That woman was worth her weight in gold, cannot say enough good things about her."

CONTACT ME

Text: 1-917-864-7457

Email: andrea@babyinthefamily.com

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