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The Care You Deserve

Since 2011 the opportunity to work with new families has taught me that every moment filled with doubt, anxiety or pressure can be used as a catalyst for a fresh start. Your journey to achieving your goals.


As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and now retired doula, Lea brings over 30 years of child development and education experience to lactation support.  She has provided 1000s of families with direct support and supported over 225 births.  Her commitment to quality care and information is the hallmark of her work.  As a person dedicated to anti-racism and supporting all lactating and birthing persons. 

Empire Lactation is not in network to any insurance, but will  help fight for your reimbursement. A new tiered plan to allow more people access to high quality, consistent care has been instituted.  If you have questions about billing or fees or are ready to book please click the link here or below. 


As of 2023 Lea is in nursing school and some availability has changed.  Please use the contact form to arrange an appointment.  In January 2020, Empire Lactation has reformed as an affiliate network.  The independent contractors who made up the team and who are each individually experienced and  highly trained Breastfeeding Counselors are now 100% independent of Empire Lactation.  If you would like to work with any of the affiliates please click on their name in their profile below and you will be re-directed to their sites.  The reason for this change is discussed in the blog post Changes to Empire Lactation.  

We are excited to announce that we are a Human Milk Depot!


There are 3 broad categories of visit types..

An in home visit will include a full assessment and evaluation of your feeding session, which includes: 

A Full virtual consult includes:

  • Visual assessment of tethered oral tissues

  • Adjustment of positioning and latch technique

  • Discussion of frequency and duration of feedings

  • Discussion of any identified need or desire to supplement

  •  Individualized care plans

  • Referrals as necessary

  • Appointments may also include information and education on pumping, returning to work and bottle feeding.

A Full In-Person consults includes the above and 

  • a pre/post feeding weighs

  • hands on assessment of structure, function and oral anatomy

"Just In Time" Consults are brief consults that are appropriate for revisiting consults care plans, pumping for back to work, or other brief questions.  These are virtual only.

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The Affiliate Team

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Lea has over 30 years experience in education and psychology with a Masters in Educational Psychology.  She has worked in maternal child health for 14 years.  As an IBCLC she has had the benefit of working in both hospitals and in private practice through the last decade.  She began Mami Mia back in 2007 and is overjoyed to bring Empire Lactation to life.  She brings skill and training in oral structures, premature/near term deliveries, NICU stays, cleft palates, endocrine disorders, breast surgery and supply issues. Lea enjoys teaching and training others about lactation support  and spending time with her family, swimming, and hiking.

Lea Rivera

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