August 29, 2019

Mercedes Thomas Spills The Milk On Her New Lactation Practice

Meet Mercedes. She’s a wife and mama to a spirited, fun-loving toddler. She’s the owner of Advanced Practice Wellness, LLC.

Mercedes specializes in lactation and wellness services. Her mission is “to provide evidence-based lactation services, promote health & wellness and empower families” throughout DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. She graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and then went on to get her Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama. She has over 11 years of experience including neonatal nursing, working with breastfeeding families and advanced pediatric health care.

Below is a short interview with Mercedes highlighting her and her business.

  1. What certifications and licenses do you have?

    I’m a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP). For those who may not know what a nurse practitioner is, they are graduate-level prepared registered nurses who have the knowledge and skills to: Diagnose, order tests, treat and manage care, as well as, prescribe medications and make referrals.

    I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and am currently preparing to sit for the exam to become an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) as part of my commitment to always offer my clients the highest level of evidence-based quality care possible.

  2. What different services do you offer?

    I offer a wide array of services specializing in lactation support, newborn and child health education. More specifically, my lactation consults last from 1 – 1 ½ hours and is designed to help nursing mothers with common breastfeeding issues. It also includes 2 weeks of email and text support with me. At the end of the consult, your Pediatrician will receive a detailed report explaining your visit.

    I also offer a free online breastfeeding support group you can check it out at:

    For a full list of services please visit:

  3. Do you offer services in-home or at a certain location?

    My practice is mobile and I make house calls in the DC, Maryland and Northern VA. I see clients in their homes or even at their office during their lunch break. I also offer video and telephone consults for certain lactation concerns or issues (ie. low milk supply concerns, returning to work, how to navigate extended breastfeeding and introducing solids).

  4. Do you accept insurance? If not, what do you expect clients to pay for services? Do you offer payment plans? 

    We currently accept the following forms of payment:  Cash, credit cards or HSA/FSA cards. However, I will provide clients with a superbill (itemized receipt) that they can submit to their insurance company for reimbursement depending on their plan benefits.

    For more information about our fee schedule or our sliding scale for low-income families please contact us at or call 240.203.7170.

  5. Do you have any upcoming events?

    Yes, I do! I’d love to meet you and your family so come join me at the Birth & Babies Fair in Frederick, MD on September 29th!

For more information or to schedule a lactation consult, reach out to Mercedes at or visit her website at

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