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Natalie Ward

Founder, IBCLC

The Milky Mermaid was conceived by Natalie Ward of Wilmington, North Carolina with the goal of improving the quality of life of nursing mothers in and around the Wilmington area (including Wrightsville Beach, Ogden, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, Wrightsboro, and Castle Hayne). A UNCW Business Mgmt graduate and mom of two, rambunctious, young children(6 & 9), Natalie recognized the lack of resources and support to expecting and new moms.

Collaborating with her mother, Gretta Blythe, of Lactation Concierge Services in Charlotte, North Carolina, she set out on a mission to provide in-home lactation support. Her own breastfeeding experience and struggles, along with watching countless friends and family members struggle and often abandon the hope of meeting their goals, made it clear that breastfeeding may be natural but it isn't always easy.  In fact, sometimes it can almost seem impossible. This led to the inspiration to change careers in her early 30’s, from Bank Management and Finance to the Health Services Field, more specifically Lactation.  Something that can help our babies with life-long health benefits is a priority and a commitment, but can be such a traumatic and difficult experience for so many of us. The Milky Mermaid is your one-stop shop for lactation consults, education, personalized breastfeeding support, hospital-grade breast pump rentals and baby weigh scale rentals. We are now also offering pre and postnatal group classes and packages!




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Megan Guthmann, IBCLC, graduated from UNCW in 2005 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. After obtaining her certification in 2007, she worked in Charlotte at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center and Matthews Medical Center. Megan is passionate about life and is a strong example of enjoying the journey, not just racing to get to the destination. Along her journey, Megan has picked up a vast range of experience that is invaluable as she empowers mothers and helps them reach their breastfeeding goals. She taught breastfeeding prenatal classes for 8 years, specialized in counseling teen mothers and was a feeding consultant for cleft lip and palate for Dr. Rick Kapitan DDS, MS at Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Charlotte. When she isn’t working or advocating within the breastfeeding community, you can find her playing volleyball with her two loving daughters, nine and six.


Gretta Blythe, RN, BSN, IBCLC is an expert in her field, educating and supporting families and healthcare professionals for more than 30 years. She is the energetic founder of Lactation Concierge Services based in Charlotte, NC and previously worked to build the Novant's Nursing Mother's Place into what it is today.  Gretta brings a smile to everyone she comes in contact with and is her patient's best advocate as well as an excellent listener. Her ability to think outside the box and determination to find the best possible solution, while using evidence based practices, makes her indispensable to the mothers and families she helps. 



National Women's Law Center Breastfeeding Toolkit & Fact Sheet(Insurance-provider requirements and reimbursement):


Medela’s flange fitting link:

CDC Breastmilk storage guidelines:

How to clean your breastpump(from CDC)

Reverse Pressure Softening:

General Online Resources:

Hand Expression:

Hands-on pumping video:

  • https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/maximizing-milk-production.html

Questions about medications and breastfeeding:

  • www.infantrisk.com (Mommymeds-phone app provided by infant risk)

  • 806-352-2519 (Please consult your physician and baby's pediatrician with questions regarding medication)


  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition, Kathleen Huggins

  • Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International

Local Resources:

Seaside Doula,  Courtney Gomez, 910-338-6112 www.seasidedoula.com

For Working Moms:

  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother, Revised Edition, Gale Pryor and Kathleen Huggins

  • Business Case for Breastfeeding, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Want to Get involved in the Breastfeeding Community?

  • Port City Breastfeeding Project: Are you interested in getting involved with Breastfeeding promotion and advocacy efforts? Contact the Port City Breastfeeding Project on Facebook for Volunteer Opportunities!

Local Support Groups:

  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center: Mother’s Milk Club
    Meets every Monday at NHRMC in the Betty Cameron classroom behind the gift shop. Also meets the first Sunday of each month.
    910-667-5192 or 910-667-3933

  • Breastfeeding USA, Wilmington Chapter
    Local Chapter Facebook Page
    Meetings the 3rd Saturday of each month at New Hanover County Northeast Library
    Text/Phone Support: Natalie Ward @ 919-210-8846

  • La Leche League
    Local Chapter Facebook Page

  • Brunswick County La Leche League Leaders:
    Natalie: 910-352-7292
    Margaret: 910-520-3331

  • Wilmington La Leche League Leaders:
    Warm Line: 910-375-9555

WIC Resources:

  • New Hanover County
    Norma Escobar IBCLC, RLC

  • Brunswick Co. (Brooke Rhyne)
    910-253-2878 (Shallotte)
    910-253-2288 (Bolivia)
    910-253-2877 Jill (Leland)

  • Onslow Co.

  • Pender County
    WIC Director, Maureen Hubbard: 910-259-1294.
    BF Coordinator/IBCLC, Melanie Boullion (available Tuesday-Thursdays): 910-270-5103


We are so excited to collaborate with Heather Anderson from Blessed Nest to bring you some fun and educational video resources! Pregnancy and motherhood are not intended to be journeys that are ventured alone. We hope these videos will support,encourage, and empower you!

A shallow latch is one of the most common causes of nipple pain, and our hope is that this resource will help with getting the hang of a deeper latch! This video will show you some tips and tricks to getting a more comfortable latch with your baby including: how to support your baby at the breast, recognizing hunger cues, and techniques.

This one is for all the moms out there with brand new babies! The Cross-Cradle hold is another great option for those first few weeks postpartum, when babies can't support their own heads yet - check it out!

It's time to play football! As in, the football hold when it comes to breastfeeding that is 😊 We are teaming up with Blessed Nest to bring you this week's video discussing the football position, which can be helpful for Moms with larger breasts, had a cesarean delivery, have multiples, or just want to try a different angle. Remember, the purpose of these videos is to help some Mama's out who may be struggling with getting comfortable feeding a newborn! If things are already going well with nursing, latching is comfortable, baby's output and weight is on track, there is no need to change what you are already doing, there is no "right or wrong" way to nurse your baby! Shout out to all of you new Mama's, you are doing an amazing job! **This in no way should take the place of getting help from a Healthcare Provider

In today's video, Natalie shares the items she has found most useful for breastfeeding moms! Do you have anything to add to her list??

Check out some of these really helpful tips for all you moms, dads and caretakers that are bottle-feeding!

Have you ever wondered what really happens during a lactation consultation? Natalie breaks it down and explains what services LC's are able to provide and how they can help struggling mommas! Give it a watch!