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Welcome to Goddess Lactation! I'm here to provide you with the compassionate and experienced care you need. With over 20 years as a highly-skilled Registered Nurse, I understand the support and guidance you deserve and will ensure you have it every step of the way.

As a wife and mother of a seven-year-old daughter, I developed a passion for breastfeeding and lactation consulting during my own postpartum journey. I faced many challenges and received mixed advice from healthcare professionals during this period, which led me to realize the importance of having access to knowledgeable and supportive resources. This realization fueled my dedication to infant nutrition and helping new families thrive.

I provide education, feeding plans, and other assistance to breastfeeding mothers, and I am a strong advocate for the benefits of infant nutrition, both physically and emotionally. If you know you're in need of some support and guidance, but aren't sure where to start or how to move forward, click below, and let's chat to see how I can help! 

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Breastfeeding Support: From low milk supply to growth spurts, I'm here to help! 

At Goddess Lactation I am dedicated to helping new parents navigate the world of breastfeeding with confidence. As your lactation consultant, I offer personalized strategies and solutions to help you and your baby succeed and strive to provide you with the information and support you need to make the best decisions for your family. My goal is to give you the tools and knowledge to enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding, while having the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have my complete support.


I offer comprehensive support ranging from one-on-one consultations, group classes and online resources. My mission is to empower and encourage mothers to make informed decisions about breastfeeding and to provide them with the best possible support. Refer to the 3 options below. 

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In-Home Visits

Goddess Lactation brings the lactation expertise to your doorstep. Our lactation consultants make breastfeeding more convenient than going to an office – you can nurse or pump in the comfort of your own home, without having to find a babysitter for your other child. Our lactation consultants can provide personalized care and tailored advice, making sure you overcome any breastfeeding challenges you may face.

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Office Visits

Goddess Lactation is a practice dedicated to providing mothers and babies with the very best in lactation care. We're passionate about supporting and empowering mothers to make the best feeding choices for their babies. We provide personalized and comprehensive office visits. Whether you need assistance with breastfeeding, pumping, milk supply, latching or just general advice, we are here to help. Our lactation consultants are dedicated to helping you make the best decisions for you and your baby.


Virtual Consultations

We understand everyone’s needs and comfort levels may vary, so to ensure that you have access to the best possible care, we offer our clients a variety of lactation services, such as virtual lactation consultations. Our consultations provide you with the benefits of a one-on-one session, without needing to leave your home. Our mission is to provide mothers with the tools and resources they need to ensure the success of their breastfeeding journey in a method that feels most comfortable and convenient. We are committed to helping mothers reach their goals while providing them with compassionate and personalized lactation services. Our virtual lactation consultations provide mothers with the benefits of convenience, accessibility and privacy.

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Breastfeeding 101

We will talk about what to expect the first days and weeks of chest/breastfeeding, strategies for a successful chest/breast feeding relationship, positioning, milk supply/production and more! This class will provide you with a wide range of chest/breastfeeding knowledge before your baby arrives. Bring a partner or a support person! 

Prenatal Breastfeeding class and risk assessment

Click here to learn more.


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Shannon was a gem to work with when I had an issue weaning. She was incredibly prompt and responsive and took the time to follow up with me to make sure things were going well. Shannon was caring, kind, and her expertise was unparalleled. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone looking for help with lactation!!

~Mona Y. 

What Goddess Lactation Clients Are Saying...

We cannot recommend Shannon enough! Being a new mom already comes with so much stress and anxiety, and having Shannon there to walk us through latching, breastfeeding techniques, and everything in between was so helpful. She had so much compassion and was so easy to talk to. She made us feel at ease and was so patient with us as we asked her every question we could think of, We are so grateful that she got us through the beginning stages of breastfeeding, and I am a more confident mom because of her support and expertise!

~ Emilio and Claire D

As a first time mom I was very anxious and acutely aware of the importance of making sure my baby was adequately fed. Navigating through this new skill with a newborn while recovering from a prolonged delivery was extremely stressful. Having Shannon as a resource was the calming presence that I needed. An ICU nurse and a breastfeeding mom herself, Shannon had the knowledge and bedside manner that any new mom would embrace with open arms. After finally getting the hang of breastfeeding, I employed Shannon again to help me when my baby was now refusing bottles while I was back at work. She once again offered herself as an empathetic shoulder to lean on and a wealth of knowledge on techniques to overcome this new challenge. I would wholeheartedly recommend Shannon to any mom, first time or otherwise, looking for lactation services!
~Amanda R.

I can’t thank you enough for all your help! When it comes to the tenderness and intimacy of breastfeeding, nobody is more gentle and professional than Shannon Papoulias. As a first time mother, I was worried about all aspects of parenthood, but breastfeeding most of all. However, from Shannon’s pre-natal breastfeeding lesson to my endless questions and phone calls, I could always count on her up-to-date guidance, tips, and genuine passion for helping her customers. She is an amazing person that always wants to help and does everything she can in order to fulfill all your needs.
~Ioanna A.

Areas of Service

  • Chantilly

  • Centreville

  • Herndon

  • Reston

  • Vienna

  • Oakton

  • Fairfax

  • Fairfax Station

  • Clifton

  • Burke

  • West Springfield 

  • Springfield

  • Annandale

  • Alexandria

  • Arlington

  • Falls Church

  • Tysons

  • Mclean

  • DC

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