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Chardá Bell, IBCLC


Melanin Milk SD was birthed by a passionate, progressive and experienced Black IBCLC Lactation Consultant, doula & mom who believes every birthing person should have a fully-supported and empowering pregnancy, birth & postpartum experience.

Families and birthing come in all types, sizes and colors. Chest/Breastfeeding is not just a "mom" thing and not all pregnant folks identify as a cisgender, heterosexual and female. Hence, the language used in our birth work and on this site will remain as inclusive as possible at all times. Birth is also a dad, partner, and family event.

Get the relationship based support you've been seeking. Not currently accepting doula clients, check back later! Lactation support & birth classes and plans only.

I'm a Provisional Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator.

Offering business to business curriculum development, doula training, mentorship, teaching for organizations and institutions.

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Mom Powered. Family Approved.

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Chardá Bell is a mom to 5 of a blended family 2 birth + 3 bonus. My name is pronounced Shar-day!

  • Lactation Consultant - IBCLC L#-309574

  • Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator

  • Doula Trainer & Curriculum Consultant @ Jennie Joseph Commonsense Childbirth Institute

  • Certified Doula

  • Childbirth Educator

  • Certified Lactation Counselor and Educator (UCSD)

  • Friend to many Mamas & Babies!


I'm NOT accepting doula clients.

Click on my resources tab above for doulas, bodyworkers, birthworkers and more I recommend!

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Southeast SD Breastfeeding Clinic

In Clinic Visits

Currently providing in person visits at my Southeast San Diego Breastfeeding Clinic location. Space is provided by San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation. Open Every Tuesday 9am - 3pm.

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Telehealth & Home Visits

Need me to come to you? Or out of state or overseas? Short on time, don't require in person support? Now offering virtual visits anywhere in the world! Offering home visits for babies/postpartum 6 weeks and under, multiples or recent NICU release. Must be in San Diego county, will determine if eligible to book if you are within travel radius limit. Please click here to book a home visit and include your address. You can also text 619-841-1160

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Lactation support is a human right not a privilege.

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Personalized Family Centered Support

Judgment free, Inclusive & Real support to help you meet your individual baby feeding goals. Planning, goal setting & solutions that are realistic & attainable. I do what works best for you & your family! Black/Brown, differently abled, immigrants, LGBTQAI+ all safe with me.


Prenatal Consults / Feeding Birth Plans


Chest/Breastfeeding, Latch, Milk Supply, Challenges

Bottle Feeding

Including Combo Feeding Support

Starting Solids

6+ months only


Back to Work/School, Occasional, Exclusive


Gentle Strategies for All Timelines


For this who wish to lactate again

Induced Lactation

Surrogacy, Adoption, Non-Birth Givers (LGBTQAI+ ally)

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Insurances Currently Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Anthem PPO, Cigna PPO, Humana PPO

Now booking through the Lactation Network (TLN), check your coverage under booking (insurance tab)

Sorry NO Tricare: Please Try SDBFC or Carly Marks

or Jarrah Foster

FREE visits if you are Black, Indigenous or Person of Color. Use BIPOC option.

FREE visits if you are in Healthy Start or Black Infant Health

Free visits are funded by San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation

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