East Bay Lactation Associates

Albany
Phone: 
510-525-1155
Email: 
info [at] eastbaylactationassociates.com

East Bay Lactation Associates offers expert, non-judgmental breastfeeding support. We have more than 50 years of combined experience helping mothers and babies!

We can help you with sore nipples, low milk supply, sleepy and/or fussy nursing, slow weight gain, plugged ducts, over-supply, pain between nursing sessions and more. 

We can also help with inverted nipples, breastfeeding after breast surgery and induced lactation.

We offer prenatal breastfeeding classes as well as individual prenatal support.

We also help with bottlefeeding.

Our 2-hour visits are comprehensive; fee includes phone and email follow-up, as well as our weekly drop-in weight check clinic.

We offer home or office visits. Call or email us if you have questions, or book an appointment at our website.

Parent Q&A

  • Hello, 

    A neighbor of ours is having breastfeeding trouble with her newborn (poor latch/sore nipples). She is thinking about booking an appointment with Molly Brannigan or Janaki Costello East Bay Lactation Associates. Any feedback on them? 

    Thank you!

    Mom of a 5 year old, friend to mom of a newborn. 

    I have nothing but great things to say about Janaki. She helped me with a fairly complicated situation with issues both on the baby's and the mother's side, and could not have been more compassionate, knowledgeable and encouraging. And it worked out! Baby and mom managed to get the breastfeeding thing going with her fantastic help. Her neighbor should not go, but run to Janaki!

    Hello, I haven't used Molly Brannigan as a lactation consultant, but I did take a 6 week parenting class with her when I was pregnant with my son, over 3 years ago now, and she was wonderful. I also took a 1 time breastfeeding class with her (again, soon before giving birth) and she was SO knowledgeable, kind, honest, and calm. I remember looking at my notes from that session many times, when struggling with breastfeeding myself. I just looked her up on google to be sure that was her name (mommy-brain) and saw that she had 27 5-star reviews as a lactation consultant!!! I would use her in a heartbeat, if I had the need again. Hope this helps. :)

    She should contact the local chapter of La Leche League.

Parent Reviews

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Molly Brannigan!!! She is truely truely wonderful!

also, ask if your insurance will cover her. They have to cover lactation consultants because of the ACA and many don’t have any in-network providers, so they have to cover out of network lactation consultants at the in-network rate.

I had the same experience. I went to Molly Brannigan and within a week we were done with the nipple shield. She won’t come to you but she is worth the trip. Good luck. 

Molly Brannigan is the person to work with! She’s at East Bay Lactation and she is so well-rounded and non-judge mental in her approach to infant feeding — her academic background is in nutrition! I can’t sing her praises loud enough. When my little guy wasn’t gaining enough weight she talked us through the whole ordeal and helped us feel confident again. 

I had an amazing experience working with Molly Brannigan. I had a number of issues, going into breastfeeding, and I felt like she was very aware of and sensitive to the balance of wanting to breastfeed, the mental burden of pumping, and other mental health factors. She was wonderful, and helped me and my little one get over our hurdles.

I have a one month old and hired Molly from East bay lactation consultants. She is very open about supplementing and does home visits and communicates by text. There is also a weekly drop in support group and weigh ins that is almost like a free new moms group I have enjoyed meeting people there even though my baby is now gaining weight fine. Good luck! 

I had a great experience with Molly Brannigan with East Bay Lactation Associates.  At the time I saw her I was almost exclusively pumping and supplementing with formula due to nipple injury and supply issues.  She helped with my daughter's latch, but also worked with me to establish a pumping schedule and gave me advice on how best to bottle feed.  The comprehensive feeding plan she put together was a huge help and a big stress reliever.  I would highly recommend her. 

Janaki Costello is the best. She helped me with my second baby, and I found her to be very kind and compassionate. 

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I feel your pain, literally.  Molly Brannigan saved us.  She is friendly, positive, responsive, non-alarmist, down to earth, and a true professional.   She came to my house several times, but once we were doing better, I loved her free open-nursing Wednesday sessions to meet other mothers in similar situations.  I still text Molly when I have a question, and my son is 6 months old now!  

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Molly Brannigan is truly amazing and comes to your house for the first visit if you want. 

My recommendation is Molly Brannigan at East Bay Lactation Associates. http://www.eastbaylactationassociates.com

She's amazing!!

Archived Q&A and Reviews


March 2013

RE: Lactation consultant for ''low milk production''

East Bay Lactation Associates. They are AMAZING. I liked many of the Kaiser lactation consultants, but the consultants at EBLA take the time to get to the bottom of the problem and develop sustainable and realistic solutions. I can honestly save that they changed breastfeeding experience entirely. Maria


Oct 1999

I highly recommend Janaki Costello who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is just passionate about her work. She has been helping nursing moms in the East Bay for years and is caring and very experienced. Caroline


June 1999

In response to the person looking for a lactation consultant to make house calls, I highly recommend both Bonnie Bruce and Janaki Costello as I have used the professional services of both. Janaki Costello is also a certified Doula and a certified Childbirth Educator who lives in El Cerrito. Janaki was our back-up Doula whom we met one time before our baby was born. My husband and I had liked her immediately! When our son's weight began dropping at 6 weeks of age, her proximity to our home made her a natural choice. Following her initial lengthy visit, Janaki spent extensive amounts of time in person and on the telephone providing free instruction, encouragement and emotional support that helped us successfully weather a very challenging period. Our son is now 9-1/2 months old and still nursing and growing well. I can't say enough good things about either of these caring, professional women.


Janaki Costello is a wonderful lactation consultant. She can be reached at 525-1155. You can read recommendations about her doula work at the parents website (you'll be able to get a sense of how great she is to work with).  Laurie 


Janaki Costello is the best there is. She can be reached at (510) 525-1155. 
MH