Lactation Counseling

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding with continued breastfeeding for two years. But breastfeeding is not always easy and many find that they need additional support to reach their breastfeeding goals.


A Certified Lactation Counselor can help in many ways:


Assessing for Proper Latch


Finding Comfortable Nursing Positions


Help with Weening, Pumping


And More...

Lactation counseling is about your goals – whether they are breastfeeding exclusively, pumping effectively, or weening comfortably.

Mandi Sawyer

Lactation Counselor and Licensed Acupuncturist , Root to Branch


Mandi has been a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) through The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) since 2014. She has experience working with twins, older infants and toddlers, weening, tongue and lip tie, nipple shields, poor latch, pumping issues and parental anxiety.

Before becoming a CLC she worked as a birth and postpartum doula.

Feeding an infant should be a enjoyable for baby and parent, no matter how you feed.

Sadly, struggles with breastfeeding can take away from this precious time.

If you are experiencing pain, frustration, or confusion, please reach out for a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I able to address breastfeeding concerns using Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Absolutely. If you would like acupuncture or an herbal prescription for a nursing related issue, please schedule an acupuncture appointment or herbal consultation. If you are unsure which type of appointment would be best for your situation, you can book a free 15 minute phone consultation with Mandi.

Are herbs safe for breastfeeding babies/children?

All herbal prescriptions from Root to Branch are checked for safety in a number of ways. 

  • We only use herbs from reputable sources. Herbs being imported into the USA are regulated by the FDA. 
  • Before prescribing an herbal formula, herbs are checked interactions with patient supplements and medications, contraindications for health conditions, and safety during lactation and/or pregnancy.
  • We offer post-prescription support. If you have questions or concerns about your herbal prescription, please contact us.

Is there a risk to the infant if a nursing mother gets acupuncture?

While we cannot speak to every possible situation, under normal circumstances, infants are not at risk by a nursing parent receiving acupuncture treatments. It is more common that the infant benefits from the increased milk production, mother’s reduced anxiety, and prolongued breastfeeding duration.


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Sunrise, MN 55056



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