Leslie Stern

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)


I always knew I wanted to work with families to assist and empower them. I first became a lactation consultant in 1997, while I was in school at Columbia University, attaining my Masters in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Before that, I graduated with my Bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1992 and then worked for several years in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Knowing that I wanted to be around birth, began working at the Long Island Birth Center and Glen Cove Hospital.  I found that I had a special love for helping Moms and babes with breastfeeding. I now have two children of my own who have both been happily breastfed. They are now teenagers...treasure your babies and don't wish away the time for them to be older. It goes by in a flash!!! 

Beyond Birth Lactation was born in 2010 and continues to grow.  I am grateful to love the work I do and those I work with. I am extremely honored to be part of peoples' lives at a such a special and intense time.

Lorraine Rocco

Registered Nurse (RN)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)


My love of birth and breastfeeding began with my own personal experience with my first child.  I had many challenges and felt so overwhelmed! The help I received was so compassionate and comprehensive that it inspired me to want to do the same for other mothers.   At that time I was a pediatric BMT and oncology nurse at Duke University Hospital.   When I returned to work I was lucky enough to secure a job at the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center as a labor, birth and postpartum nurse.  I have since had many years of experience assisting with births both in hospitals and in birth centers.  I became a lactation consultant in 2011 and have grown and developed my skills, knowledge and intuitive know-how over the years.  I also have a strong mindfulness meditation practice that I weave into the work that I do, most specifically through teaching Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting courses and providing Birth Story Healing sessions.  I love to walk with new families through the transition to parenthood and I am continually humbled and awed by the experience.  I have three children now that have all been breastfed and when I am not serving families I am usually hanging out with my own.  

Mattea Alexander

Masters Public Heatlh (MSN)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)

¡ Se Habla Español !

(Mattea is fluent in Spanish)

As the oldest of 6 kids, taking care of families has always been second nature for me. Intending to go to medical school I went to Boston University for undergrad where I quickly learned I wanted to have a more holistic approach to healthcare but didn't know how this could happen, so instead I spent 10 years working in tech, traveling the world implementing software systems. I was always helping new families as a hobby and made the plunge to become a Doula in 2016. Doula work quickly led me to North Carolina to obtain my MPH in Maternal Child Health and complete the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative to become a Lactation Consultant. It is here that I can weave my love of families, with my interest in science and the body, with the mental and social intricacies of the postpartum period of lactation and infant feeding.  I feel complete. I live in Carrboro with my girlfriend Hilary, 3 kids, a dog and cat. In my free time I love yoga, music, cooking from scratch, road trips, traveling to Latin America, planning parties and fighting health disparities.