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lactation consultant

private practice in Southern California

virtual consultations available 

Johnna Naraki, BS, RN, IBCLC

registered nurse lactation consultant





My name is Johnna Naraki

owner and founder of motherbaby

I am a private practice IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) with 25 years experience working as a registered nurse with postpartum mamas and newborn babies in a local Southern California hospital. I am also currently working on a certification in holistic sleep for babies.

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"A mother is the embodiment of life and love."      






Hello mamas, my name is Johnna Naraki. I am a private practice IBCLC lactation consultant and registered nurse with twenty-five years experience working with postpartum mamas and newborn babies in the hospital setting. I am also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). In addition to my years caring for new mamas and babies in the hospital as a RN and teaching/assisting with breastfeeding, I have breastfed my own children. I love supporting new mothers, and it would be an honor to support you. Supporting mamas with breastfeeding has been a love of mine since 1996. I am available for home, virtual and office visits. I am also currently working on a certification in holistic and attachment-focused sleep for your baby -coming soon. 

*I do not provide medical care or give medical advice.



The goal of motherbaby is to gently support you on your breastfeeding journey. My hope is to support you in the weeks before your baby is born until your last drop of milk. Those first days after birth would be an ideal time for an initial lactation home visit. Assessing for a proper latch, suck and swallow in those early days is fundamental. Breastfeeding is a journey and there is so much that can come up along the way and so many questions you might have and that is why I am here. It would be an honor to walk with you on your breastfeeding journey.

motherbaby can support you with:

breastfeeding, prenatal lactation education, proper latch, assessing for effective suck and swallow, feeding positions, recognizing hunger cues, weighted feeds, weight gain, flange fittings, breast pumps, hand expressing, milk storage, paced bottle feeding, sore nipples, damaged nipples, oral assessments, assessing for tongue-tie and other tethered oral tissues, engorgement, clogged ducts, mastitis, increasing milk supply, decreasing milk supply, weaning, breast refusal, back to work pumping and feeding plans, questions about medications and breast milk, healthy eating, emotional support, Gillespie Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT), etc.



Lactation Support

Breastfeeding provides life giving milk that nourishes the body and soul of both mama and baby, but sometimes the delivery of it can leave a new mother feeling flustered. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), I can help. Since 1996, I have helped thousands of newborns latch on to their mother's breast for the first time. Helping mamas with achieving an effective latch has been one of my greatest joys. Correct positioning and proper latch are essential for a successful beginning and it would be an honor to support you with that. Troubleshooting difficulties at any stage of your breastfeeding journey and working through them with you is what I am passionate about. Mama, I would love to support you and your baby on your breastfeeding journey. I am available for in-home lactation support in Orange County, California and the areas surrounding northern Orange County. Office appointments are available in the Irvine/Newport Beach, CA area. I also have virtual options for lactation consultations.

  • initial lactation visits up to 60 minutes, follow up lactation visits up to 45 minutes 

  • home, office and virtual appointments available

  • prenatal lactation education appointments available


*contact for pricing/insurance accepted 

United (UHC, UMR, Oxford, etc.), Cigna, Health Net, Aetna, Oscar, TRICARE WEST

Holistic Sleep Support

I am currently working on a baby-led sleep and well-being specialist certification with Isla-Grace sleep. Soon to be offering sleep solutions for babies and toddlers that validate your mama heart and intuition using a holistic and attachment-focused approach. No sleep training. It is normal for babies to wake during the night for feedings and to have their needs met by you. Babies need your gentle loving touch to help them back to sleep. 

*coming soon

"How do you spell 'Love'?" 

"You don't spell it, you feel it."


Please send me a message and I will respond promptly to discuss how I can best support you. I look forward to connecting with you mama! 

Warmly, Johnna

Thank you!


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN 1996)

Bachelor of Science Health Science CSULB (BS 2002)

Registered Nurse - licensed in CA since 1996

IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 2022

 CBS Certified Breastfeeding Specialist 2022

CLC Certified Lactation Counselor 2022

Tongue-Tie Online Symposium -GOLD Learning 2022

A Professional's Guide to Tongue Tie in the Breastfeeding Infant -TTE 2023

Oral Functional Assessment - Intuitive Parenting Network 2023

Gillespie Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) Foundation Training 2023

Bodywork for Better Breastfeeding - Baby Massage Course (Lactation OT) 2023

Rhythmic Movement to Improve Latching - Avery Young 2023

NRP Provider (Neonatal Resuscitation)

BLS Provider (CPR)

* (in progress) Baby-Led Sleep certification | Isla-Grace


Three weeks after having my first child I was struggling with uncertainty and the inevitable anxiety around whether I was producing enough milk and whether my baby was receiving enough during feedings. There were times I felt we were in a good rhythm and times I questioned if I was doing it right at all. When looking into lactation support, Johnna was highly recommended to me by a trusted source as being a great resource in the community who’s been “doing this work forever.” Once I messaged her, she responded right away and made herself available for a home visit the very next day. Johnna’s gentle and calming energy put me at ease from the start. She was knowledgeable and patient in answering all of my questions, and she brought her scale to definitively confirm the amount of milk intake after a nursing session. Hearing that all is going well with breastfeeding and that my son is thriving has been so reassuring - especially since it’s so hard to know how much milk your baby is getting when exclusively breastfeeding! Johnna welcomes follow-up communication as needed, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing that her expertise and kind support are just a text away. I highly recommend Johnna for any breastfeeding mother seeking support throughout this new, sacred, and often anxiety producing journey of breastfeeding!


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