Come in with your little one(s) and have a professional photo taken!
This is a Breastfeeding Awareness Event, so we encourage breastfeeding photos, but all moms and littles are welcome!
for $15 your digital image will be sent to you via email!
Meredith Pollaro, OTR/L, IBCLC is a wonderful asset to Northern Nevada Breastfeeding women and their families!
Meredith began her career as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 at Children's Hospital working in NICU setting, specializing in feeding and swallowing disorders, failure to thrive, cleft lip and palate, and administering swallow studies.
She later moved to Colorado and worked as the Director of Occupational Therapy at Vail Valley Medical Center. She started her training in lactation counseling in 2005 in NICU helping with bottle and breastfeeding. To further her lactation skills she worked at a well baby hospital Summit Medical Center seeing inpatient and outpatient mothers/babies weekly. Both hospitals participating in the Baby Friendly Initiative.
Meredith has some additional unique training and experiences: She has completed NOMAS training (Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale), Baby friendly initiative hospital training, training in pediatric swallowing disorders, attends the International Lactation Consultant Association Conferences and volunteered her time in Romania at a failure to thrive clinic.
You may wonder how OT/Feeding Therapy relates to Lactation: An Infants oral motor skills play an important role in the success of breastfeeding. In many cases, minor refinement in the infant's oral motor skills can make an immediate difference to the success of the breastfeeding pair, as well as providing long term benefits and preventing more serious problems (mobimotherhood.org). Feeding Therapists are experts on the structure and function of the mouth and the swallow. Their expertise can lend to help babies become more efficient and coordinated feeders. OT's practice in setting such as NICU, home health, outpatient pediatrics, feeding teams and Early intervention. They can specialize in feeding among many other areas. Meredith has worked in all these practice settings. She currently provides occupational therapy services in the community, coordinates the state's WIC Peer Counseling Program and volunteers her time as the Co-Chair of The Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition. She also meets moms for breastfeeding circle every Monday at noon and private consultations by appointment here at The Nurturing Nest.
See you Saturday at the Liquid Gold!
The Nurturing Nest will be hosting a team and a team breakfast! You can still register for the Race on the day of the event! Come support the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition!
Team T-shirts will be available for $12 day of the event!
Every Monday at 12pm the Nurturing Nest hosts a free support group for breastfeeding Moms! Join Meredith Pollaro, IBCLC, OTR/L for a supportive discussion on breastfeeding and all it's joys and challenges. Register on our website!
For mothers who are having challenges with breastfeeding we offer Private 1:1 Feeding and Lactation consultations with Meredith Pollaro, OTR/L, IBCLC. Call 775-303-7269 to schedule an appointment.