Meet Odelia, IBCLC at Great Start Lactation


Odelia Marciano, MS, IBCLC, RLC

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I am the mother of four delightful breastfed children and I have been right where you are…

It is physical, it is emotional, it is overwhelming and it can be tough.
I believe that support is key to make the most out of your breast/chestfeeding journey. Having someone who knows that breastfeeding is important and who knows that you can do it makes a huge difference.

My calling is to help parents have a successful breast/chest/bottle feeding experience, and I believe that success is defined by you and your own goals.
My role is to guide, educate, empower and counsel with evidence-based, up-to-date information, so you can make informed decisions that work for you, your baby, your family and your lifestyle. Together, we customize a plan of care that is realistic, doable and that you feel comfortable implementing.

I am not the breastfeeding police!
I take a non-judgmental, guilt-free approach and respect every family’s objectives and beliefs. There is no “one size fits all” and lactation care is tailored to your individual needs. Great Start Lactation is an inclusive practice; I serve ALL families and support all infant feeding options!


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I am bilingual and can provide consultations in English and French!

I can help you with:

  • Breast/chestfeeding positions

  • Difficulty latching, shallow latch or painful latching

  • Sore, cracked or bleeding nipples

  • Engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush

  • Signs of good milk transfer

  • Assessment of tongue-tie and lip-tie and referral to providers

  • Pre and post-frenotomy suck organizing

  • Concerns about milk production and supply

  • Baby’s weight gain

  • Oversupply

  • Fussy baby

  • Premature baby/NICU graduate

  • Safe bottle feeding and formula preparation

  • Bottle refusal

  • Supplementation at the breast/chest

  • Transitioning back to breast/chestfeeding

  • Sleepy baby

  • Breastfeeding after breast reduction or augmentation

  • Twins and tandem nursing

  • Pumping by necessity or by choice

  • Relactation, induced lactation and chestfeeding

  • Weaning

  • And more

Odelia has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master's degree in Marketing. Before counseling breast/chestfeeding families, she has worked in the cosmetic industry as a Research & Development Chemist and as a Product/Brand Manager.
With each of her breastfeeding experiences grew a passion for helping parents achieve their own goals and enjoy their breastfeeding journey. Odelia graduated from the University of California San Diego's Lactation program and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Odelia is actively involved with La Leche League International and is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association. She maintains her credentials current with continuing education by attending professional conferences, seminars and workshops.

When Odelia is not busy helping mamas and babies, she enjoys exploring the beautiful California outdoors and spending time with her family.