Lactation Support

Mother breastfeeding her newborn baby after meeting with a lactation consultant

Meet Sharon Curry, IBCLC

Meet Sharon Curry – Lactation Consultant 

At Hirsch Pediatrics, we partner with parents to help babies and their families thrive. We strongly believe in the parent / pediatrician partnership and work daily to ensure families have the support they need to raise a healthy baby. That is why we are so pleased to partner with Sharon Curry, BSN, IBCLC who specializes in breast feeding support.

An experienced breastfeeding specialist, Sharon became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2006. She has worked extensively with mothers and babies in area hospitals and private practice. After experiencing firsthand the challenges and rewards of breastfeeding her own babies, Sharon began volunteering as a La Leche League Leader in 2000.

Originally from New Hampshire, Sharon has lived in the DC area since 1991. Sharon received her BA from Bates College and then went on to earn her BSN from the University of Maryland where Sharon was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Sharon’s range of experiences makes her well equipped to help mothers and babies from birth, through babyhood, teething, and the toddler years. Sharon has also developed and taught Prenatal and Back-to-Work breastfeeding classes.

“I am a dedicated teacher who believes that information and support will set families up for success. I enjoy getting to know new moms and focusing on managing the needs of new mothers. Because every mom’s situation is unique, I always strive to meet them where they are, helping them to reach their personal breastfeeding goals.”

– Sharon Curry, BSN, ICBLC

 “I am so pleased to have Sharon join our family as the Hirsch Pediatrics lactation consultant. As a solo practice with high standards for patient care, I believe that Sharon’s expertise and sensitivity make her uniquely qualified to join our Hirsch Pediatrics Family. Her compassion and warmth ensure every new mom is treated with respect and care. Sharon will be integral to the Hirsch Pediatrics Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Program that provides support to new moms to promote successful nursing and bonding.”

– Dr. Steven Hirsch, MD, FAAP

Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Program

What is the Hirsch Pediatrics Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Program? 

The Hirsch Pediatrics Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Program was designed by Dr. Hirsch in partnership with Sharon Curry to provide support to breast feeding moms and to promote successful nursing and bonding. In 2016, Hirsch Pediatrics received the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition “Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Provider” Gold Level for our commitment to support breastfeeding moms.

How do I participate in the Hirsch Pediatrics Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Program?

All breast feeding moms are encouraged to schedule Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom appointments to evaluate both the physical and emotional needs of the breast feeding mom.

What can I expect at my Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom Appointment?

Moms will meet with our Hirsch Pediatrics lactation consultant for an extended appointment up to 90 minutes long. Below please find a sampling of topics that will be covered at the appointment. In addition to answering individual questions, Sharon will. . .

  • Discuss optimal feeding schedule and care plan to meet your goals.
  • Examine latch and discuss techniques to improve comfort of breastfeeding.
  • Review the use of various breast feeding supplies and pumps to improve overall comfort and success.
  • Arrange for hospital grade breast pump if needed.
  • Assist breastfeeding moms with returning to work strategies.
  • Evaluate for postpartum blues and postpartum depression and discuss treatments or referrals if needed.
  • Arrange follow-up office appointments and/or phone calls as needed.

Will you bill my insurance for a Thriving Baby, Healthy Mom appointment with the Hirsch Pediatrics lactation consultant?

Yes! All office appointments with Sharon, the Hirsch Pediatrics lactation consultant, are billed in-network with your insurance. Note: As a pediatric practice we will bill your insurance under your baby (not mom) and there may be a copay or deductible required by your insurance.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Hirsch Pediatrics offers FREE prenatal breastfeeding classes by our lactation consultant, Sharon Curry, to expecting parents. The prenatal breastfeeding class is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm and immediately follows our 5:00 – 5:30 pm group practice interview with Dr. Hirsch. Note: Expecting Dads are also encouraged to attend the prenatal breastfeeding class!

Please call our office to resereve your spot in our next class!