The Milky Way

Lactation & Postpartum Counseling


The Milky Way, is a Lactation Counseling and Postpartum Doula Practice located in the Temecula Valley of Southern California.  Owned and operated by Kim Brantley, who is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Certified Doula (DONA), Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Birth Story Listener in practice since April of 2008.  Kim received her training as a Lactation Educator and Counselor through the University of California San Diego as well as Certification in Lactation Counseling through "The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice" and specializes in the evaluation and support of tethered oral tissues (tongue and lip ties).  Kim has also trained and Certified as a Postpartum Doula through Doulas of North America (DONA); as well as completed training for Placenta Encapsulation through The International Placenta and Postpartum Association (IPPA) and Birth Story Listening through Birthing From Within.  In addition, Mrs. Brantley holds a Bachelors Degree in the Field of Health Science and enjoys helping new families in and around the Temecula Valley.   


In Home Lactation Counseling- to assess your breastfeeding concerns.  Such as:
tongue tie evaluation and post release support, sore nipples, correct positioning and latch-on, engorgement, low milk supply, over production of breastmilk, slow weight gain in newborn, fussy baby at the breast, and the proper use of breastfeeding equipment and tools. 

Short Term Breastfeeding Doula Care - For mothers needing extended breastfeeding support and maternity care over a few days.

Antepartum Doula Support- to help mothers during their pregnancy, who may be at high risk, and need to remain on bed rest.  Also, pregnant women with severe morning sickness and single parent mothers could benefit from this service.
Postpartum Doula Support- offered for the first one to six weeks after giving birth.  Day and evening help is provided however, overnight care is not available at this time.  Support is tailored to your needs and may provide: assistance with newborn care, preparation of light snacks and refreshments, light house keeping (infant laundry, tidying up), local errands, creating a postpartum plan, and referrals to local area professionals.  A 4 hour minimum is required for this service.

Placenta Encapsulation - The Milky Way offers mothers an opportunity to use their placenta as part of their postpartum recovery after delivery.  Through placenta encapsulation, the placenta is transformed from a life sustaining organ into a holistic dietary supplement.  The Benefits offered for ingesting the Placenta are Increased Energy, Decreased Symptoms from Postpartum Depression, and Improvement in Breast Milk Production!
Birth Story Listening - Can help to heal a negative belief about yourself, feelings of being betrayed, abandoned, or general shock and confusion related to an unexpected moment in labor, birth, or the postpartum period.  For more information, please visit our Birth Story Listening page.

Products - Breastfeeding and Postpartum Supplies are available for purchase!
Specialized Training In Tongue & Lip Tie Management
Member of Temecula Valley Doulas In Southern California