About Mother Nurture Breastfeeding | Private Practice Lactation Services

Mom nursing baby right after birthMother Nurture Breastfeeding is the inspiration, heart and hands of Marianne Ames, IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  Marianne has been supporting, protecting, advocating and educating breastfeeding families in Snohomish County since 2002 through La Leche League as a mother-to-mother support Leader in Everett, WA. Mother Nurture Breastfeeding was inspired by Marianne’s desire to provide nurturing, responsive, thorough and a “whole health” approach to lactation care and to help each breastfeeding pair to define, and then reach their unique breastfeeding needs.  Combining experience, compassion, integrity and research, Marianne endeavors to empower parents through education and counseling – to make their own decisions and trust that THEY are the experts on their baby and to understand what is biologically normal throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenthood.. By following and trusting the baby’s innate cues and intelligence, Marianne works to foster confidence between mother and baby and allow a deeper connection and trust to unfold.  Marianne’s approach is truly holistic and mother-baby centered.


New family in hospitalHolistic Lactation considers the physical, psychological, emotional, and social health of a breastfeeding pair – mother and baby. The mother and the baby’s overall health are inner-connected and directly impacts breastfeeding.  Some of the factors can be nutrition, family stress, parenting expectations or unrealistic expectations and pressure from others, your parenting inheritance, sleep, your birthing experience, and your child’s temperament – to name a few.    Holistic lactation also recognizes breastfeeding as the biological necessity that provides a powerful framework for human health.  Helping families make educated decisions that improve the overall physical and emotional health of all is my deepest intent.

When babies nurse skin-to-skin, research shows that mothers are better rested, experience less postpartum depression, feel an increase in bonding, and an increase in milk production.

Partners plays a critical role in a successful breastfeeding relationship through being supportive, faithful, and encouraging.   The partner impacts the way that breastfeeding unfolds in a new family. A supportive partner is correlated with higher breastfeeding rates.

Breastfeeding preparation, information, and support during pregnancy and the early newborn days are vital to breastfeeding success.  Connecting with other mothers and families while pregnant helps to build the support needed for after your baby arrives. Mother Nurture Breastfeeding helps to support mothers-to-be, new moms, experienced moms, and their families, by linking them with a comprehensive selection of nurturing service providers and resources. 

In your own health care experience you may have noticed that not every health care provider is a good match for every patient. The same is true in lactation support! If you have already seen a breastfeeding specialist but are still coping with unresolved issues I hope you will contact me and we can work together to resolve whatever challenges you face.

Mother Nurture Breastfeeding is usually available within 24 hours, including evenings and weekends, to meet with you in your own home. Marianne sees clients in Mt Vernon, Arlington, Everett, Snohomish, Granite Falls, Monroe, Lynnwood, Bothell, Woodinville, Mill Creek and the rest of Skagit, Snohomish, and King Counties.


Areas of specialty:

  • tongue-tie
  • suck dysfunction
  • sensory integration
  • low/high muscle tone
  • milk supply
  • hormonal issues
  • sibling preparation
  • child development
  • parenting
  • mutliples
  • craniosacral therapy
  • health/wellness