Caring Support from the Start.
The First Latch, 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 pre-natal breastfeeding and new baby-care 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 has been dedicated to helping mothers and babies breastfeed ever since. She volunteered with an international breastfeeding peer support organization and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to help even more 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.