New families,
we’re here for you.

Whether you’re getting ready to meet your baby or navigating your way through the early weeks and months together, Sound Beginnings is your Seattle area resource for breastfeeding and parenting support.


Sound Beginnings currently has more limited availability while our owner and lead lactation consultant, Joy MacTavish, spends time with her new baby. Our team member Melissa has sporadic availability, but is not currently in-network with Aetna.

Joy has greater availability for consultations in the Sound Beginnings Shoreline office (where she may have her baby in tow); as more limited availability for in-home consultations (typically held evenings and weekends and reserved for families who have newborns and/or are recovering from birth). Virtual consultations by phone and video continue to be available and we appreciate your understanding for baby noises in the background.

For your convenience, here is a list of other out-of-hospital lactation consultants we refer to as needed.

Lactation Consults

An in-home lactation consultation is an opportunity to receive private, individualized support for your breastfeeding relationship in the comfort of your own home. This is especially helpful when you have a newborn, but great for all situations because your home is where real life breastfeeding happens most.

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Family Consults

Raising your child involves the entire family. We can help you navigate bonding and caring for your little one from birth through toddlerhood. Consultations combine education and guidance on topics including babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, potty training, sleep, holistic parenting sessions, and more—all in the comfort of your home.

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Time is short with a new baby. Families need quick and efficient access to trusted support.

We know that you and your baby feel most comfortable in your home. We bring support to you.

We save you time by bringing together a team of consultants and educators in one place.

Our Seattle Postpartum Team

Our compassionate, skilled team includes International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), Certified Babywearing Consultants, and experienced parenting educators in the greater Seattle area.

We can provide you with the information and tools you need so you have more time and space to truly enjoy your baby.

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We’re here.

And we’re ready to answer any questions you have.
Give us a call, email us, or use our contact form to find out more or set up a consultation.


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Are you wondering if Sound Beginnings will be a good fit?
We can support you when:

  • you’re dealing with a challenge and would like to connect with a compassionate and fully screened professional as quickly as possible.

  • you need personalized and comprehensive support for lactation, babywearing, or other family topics.

  • you want to be more confident in caring for yourself and your new baby.

  • you know that you and your baby feel most comfortable in your home and you'd love that professional support to come to you.

Are you wondering what the costs are?

  • Most insurance plans include coverage for lactation consultations, though your coverage will depend on your individual plan.

  • We can help you understand your insurance coverage options.

  • We are in-network with Aetna, and our team includes an RN-IBCLC if your plan requires it.

  • A consultation is an investment in your family's transition and can increase your confidence and ease with your little one.

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Ready for support?


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