The Care Connection has received the distinction of a “Medela Certified Nursing Center” and is recognized as a premiere provider of Lactation services with WNY insurances. The Care Connection provides lactation consultant services for local OB/GYN and Pediatric Practices. Our clinical staff works closely with your baby’s Pediatrician to ensure the coordination of your personalized clinical care plan. Our quality of service is untouchable! The Care Connection focuses as much on prenatal and postpartum education as we do on services and equipment. Our highly trained staff will help you select the correct supplies and equipment for your needs, at a reasonable price with extraordinary follow up services. The Care Connection works closely with WNY Hospitals and Certified Home Health Care Agencies.
- Twenty five years of service to WNY Hospitals
- On staff lactation consultants (IBCLC)
- Full breastpump demonstration and personalized setup – for both rental and purchase pumps – we’re not comfortable until you are comfortable and successful!
- Supportive classes to ensure your success and ability to meet your breast feeding and motherhood goals – many of which are 100% insurance reimbursed!
- Preferred Provider – pump rental insurance reimbursement
Meet The Owners
Allison Zulawski and Holly Shelly
With over 30 years of friendship, Allison and Holly are entering into their 3rd year of owning The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center. The Care Connection has been in the community for more than 28 years and they have worked hard to maintain the warm and inviting atmosphere the center has been known for in assisting moms with all of their breastfeeding needs. At The Care Connection you will find a variety of breast pumps reimbursable through insurance, small group classes, and private one on one lactation consultations. Allison and Holly pride themselves on being a support system within the Western New York community to help women achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Meet Our Staff
Peggy Furlong is an RN and IBCLC with over 40 years of experience working in Maternal and Infant Health. Peggy’s experience includes working with moms and babies in both hospital and OB office settings. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1992 and started Buffalo’s first hospital based lactation program in 1997. Peggy also developed and taught the Lactation Educator Course presented at local colleges. She is one of the founding members of the WNY Breastfeeding Network. Peggy has 3 children who were all breastfed. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children and 9 grandchildren.
Bridget Millich Kuchta
Bridget Kuchta is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with over 20 years experience helping WNY families overcome breastfeeding difficulties. Bridget was certified as an IBCLC in 1999. She provided lactation care in the areas first pediatric lactation program, as well as in a local hospital. Bridget also has many years of experience working in community based lactation clinics. Her 20+ years of experience have given her the opportunity to work with mothers and babies in all phases of lactation including prenatal education, the golden hour and immediate post-partum period, newborn, infant and toddler period and weaning. This wide range of experience is especially important to our mothers at Care Connection, who come to us from all ages and stages of breastfeeding. Bridget is a career Lactation Consultant, which means her entire practice has focused solely on breastfeeding. This experience has allowed her to amass thousands of clinical hours in direct patient care. She enjoys speaking at area lactation conferences and presenting to medical residents. Bridget is past president of the WNY Breastfeeding Network and former Area Professional Liaison Leader for an international breastfeeding organization. She began her career in Lactation after her own difficult breastfeeding journey and understands both the clinical and emotional side of working with patients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two children and Labrador Retrievers.
Suzanne Aquilina has been a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant for over 40 years. Her educational history includes obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree from Keuka College (where she is a Trustee), a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester and earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Her experience at Tonawanda Pediatrics for over 20 years has provided her with the opportunity to provide health care to families of all ages including nutritional/breastfeeding expertise from the newborn period and beyond. Suzanne has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Buffalo for 35 years, educating nurse practitioners, nurses and medical students about the positive impact breastfeeding has on the health of infants, mothers and society. Her clinical expertise and commitment to breastfeeding has helped her assist mothers and teach families about breastfeeding at the Care Connection for over 6 years as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In the past 5 years she has worked with the United Way on a CDC grant to improve breastfeeding rates and exclusivity in the Western New York area by educating Obstetrical and Pediatric practices about the importance of breastfeeding. Personally she is a wife, mother of two daughters (and 2 wonderful sons- in -law), and grandmother to Sawyer. Suzanne’s passion is empowering women to embrace pregnancy and breastfeeding as a natural gift of life.