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!
RN, BSN, IBCLC
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:
Hands-on pumping video:
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
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:
Wilmington La Leche League Leaders:
Warm Line: 910-375-9555
New Hanover County
Norma Escobar IBCLC, RLC
Brunswick Co. (Brooke Rhyne)
910-253-2877 Jill (Leland)
WIC Director, Maureen Hubbard: 910-259-1294.
BF Coordinator/IBCLC, Melanie Boullion (available Tuesday-Thursdays): 910-270-5103