Atlanta, GA
+ (678)-607-6052

ABOUT PEA POD

About Us

Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the nutritional health of Georgia families. We specialize in family nutrition including maternal health, pediatric nutrition, and chronic disease prevention through medical nutrition therapy. Additionally we provide family-centered lactation support and counseling. We offer an array of services to families including nutritional counseling, SOS feeding therapy, breastfeeding education,office based and in-home lactation consultations, group breastfeeding classes, group nutrition classes, cooking classes and gardening classes.

Our Mission

The mission of Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support is to empower families through evidence-based nutrition and lactation education, counseling and support to reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related chronic diseases in Georgia families.

Our Vision

Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support was founded to decrease healthcare inequities and disparities in chronic disease management and prevention for Georgia families. Additionally, we strive to increase positive birth outcomes and – through education, outreach and support – build healthier communities. To that end our vision is to:

  • to increase the rate of positive birth outcomes in the state of Georgia
  • provide every child in Georgia with the same level of access to nutrition education, support and nourishing healthy food
  • create an environment for women across all socioeconomic, educational and ethnic backgrounds to initiate and sustain breastfeeding exclusively for six months and complimentary through the first years of life.
  • eradicate childhood obesity in the communities we serve through early nutrition intervention programs that focus not only on the child but the entire family unit
  • empower families to make the best possible nutrition and lifestyle related decisions for their children and themselves

Our History

Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support, Inc. was founded in June of 2012 by Alicia C. Simpson MS, RD, IBCLC, LD. Pea Pod was founded on the principle that preventative care through nutrition education and positive lifestyle modifications are the hallmarks to helping to build healthier communities and reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related chronic diseases. Pea Pod believes in a holistic family approach that focuses on chronic disease prevention in every member of the family from infants who are nursing or enjoying their first solid foods to children, teens and adults who are at high risk of developing a chronic disease or who are currently living with one or more chronic diseases. To that end the mission of Pea Pod is to empower families through evidence-based nutrition and lactation education, counseling and support to reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related chronic diseases in Georgia families.

In working with families from varying socioeconomic backgrounds Alicia also observed a wide disparity in the type of healthcare services provided to low-income families versus the average well-insured middle class family. To help eliminate this disparity Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support offers free nutrition counseling, cooking classes, walking support groups, family centered breastfeeding counseling, access to prenatal and postpartum exercise classes and assistance for mothers returning to work or school that want to continue breastfeeding to not only low-income families. Pea Pod’s income eligibility criteria is one household member higher than that of typical government assistance programs allowing us to the “working poor” and make a long-term difference in the lives of more Georgia families. Since 2012 Pea Pod has, to date, served over 450 Georgia families through our Healthy Families Program.