Caring Support from the Start.
First Latch & Counseling, Inc. is a lactation and counseling practice that promotes the health and happiness of children and families. As experienced health care professionals we prepare and support families through the challenges of parenting and breastfeeding.
We offer home and office visits, a drop-in clinic, group counseling, and individual and family counseling. We provide phone consultations, individualized care plans, and feedback to physicians. We also offer prenatal breastfeeding classes.
It is well documented that breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life has extensive health and mental health benefits for mothers and babies. We help families achieve their breastfeeding goals and provide additional support to continue having healthy outcomes for families.
Our combined experience, training, and team approach has given us the opportunity to help countless families.
Jennifer Leopold • IBCLC, LMSW
Jennifer graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work at Columbia University, with a concentration in Family and Children Services. She has extensive experience working with children and families helping them to overcome trauma and developing tools for their future.
Tova Ovits • IBCLC
Tova graduated from Pace University with a BA in English. While breastfeeding her youngest child, she read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and discovered how much she didn’t know while nursing her older kids. Tova became a breastfeeding peer supporter and then an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to help families enjoy a healthy, happy beginning.
Chaya Deborah Stern • RN, IBCLC
Chaya graduated from Kingsborough School of Nursing. Her dedication to helping families started while working in a private practice pediatric office. Her passion for breastfeeding began with the birth of her first son. Chaya enjoys being able to support and help breastfeeding families meet their goals as a La Leche League Leader and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Stephanie Minnich • CBC
Stephanie Minnich graduated from Temple University. As a nursing mom who overcame the struggles of learning to breastfeed, she left her first meeting with her tiny, new baby while thinking, "I have found my place. I can do this. These are my people." As a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and La Leche League Leader, Stephanie has been helping families find the joys in breastfeeding and meeting their nursing goals.