All Lactation Consultations are billed to insurance. Please have your insurance card and state issued identification card on hand during our appointment. Those with Medicaid coverage, please schedule an appointment at my Integrative Pediatric Health Care office.
How Can a Lactation Consultant Help Me with Breastfeeding?
IBCLCs (lactation consultants) help you find strategies to help you feed your infant comfortably and effectively. I help you learn your infant’s cues and behavior. Together, we can develop a feeding plan that makes sense for you and your family.
Trust your body! Natural Infant Feeding, Breastfeeding, or Lactation is a beautiful biological system that works well! I have spent a lot of time with new mothers teaching them all about how to latch their babies. Personally, I breast fed my child for almost 3 years. My son is a strong and bright young boy who was given the benefit of his mother’s milk!
I have helped families of many different backgrounds, cultures, and from all over the world. Having spent a great amount of time on postpartum units, neonatal intensive care units, pediatric units, and out-patient clinics. I go that extra mile to help you latch your baby and feed successfully, comfortably, and as naturally as possible. I am excited to share my breadth of experience and education with you!
Breastfeeding is hard when you are just starting out as a new mother! In the early days, learning how to work with your infant’s behavior to achieve a comfortable latch can be challenging. Do not breastfeed through pain! Breastfeeding should not hurt! Let’s work together to problem solve why there is discomfort.
It can be confusing to understand how much your infant may be getting from your breast. It can be hard to know you’re doing the right things when there is so much conflicting information out there. As your breastfeeding relationship continues, there can be lots of questions about what what is going on with your infant? Does my child have allergies? How do I help them while still breastfeeding? Can I breastfeed with this medication? What is mastitis and how do I know if I have it? How do I get my body to produce more breast milk? Can I lose weight while breastfeeding? How?!
You know my mother always said that prevention is always better than a cure! I also provide extensive prenatal breastfeeding education. We will talk about the infant gut changes and how your breast milk changes. You will learn about how human milk is produced. Also, how to make sure that you have a nice and full production after birth.
What does a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist do?
I can help problem solve issues with many different issues:
- sore nipples
- nipple damage
- painful latch
- slow weight gain
- low milk supply
- congenital anomalies
- plugged ducts
- pumping difficulties
- nipple confusion
- issues bottle feeding
- alternative feeding methods
- use of nipple shields
- getting enough sleep while nursing
- and other issues that may arise! I am available to you.
Lactation Consultation Appointments
Initial Lactation Consultation
Your lactation consultation can be in the comfort of your home or in my office.
Your confidentiality and privacy will be kept. Additionally, you will be respected in your right to make choices that are correct for your situation. I help you and support you to identify and meet your nursing goals. Also, I give education and support nursing families during pregnancy, postpartum, and older babies, too!
I assess both you and your infant. Together, we will determine a plan of care to help you reach your goals. By the end of our time together, you will understand how to know if your infant is getting enough. You will learn different nursing positions and how to latch your baby. Also, you will understand frequency and duration of feedings, as well as, infant behavior at the nipple. Your lactation consultation includes an observation of you nursing. An assessment of effective milk transfer from chest to infant in nursing situations will be completed. You’ll get the guidance regarding human milk feeding issues that you may have. I help you to identify obstacles to nursing success and help with resources to minimize, eliminate and overcome them.
I will be keeping a detailed record of our meetings and tracking you and your infant’s progress. Also, we will work collaboratively with your health care team to get you the support you need. I will work as an advocate on your health care team to garner more support for your breastfeeding relationship!
What will happen during your appointment:
Our first meeting is 1.5 – 2 hours. We will do a before and after feeding weight to assess how much milk your baby received while nursing. I will observe you nursing your baby and help you with any issues that may come up. Together, we will determine an appropriate care plan. I will also make a report to your physician and/or your baby’s pediatrician.
Some things to have ready for when we meet to insure we make the most of our time together:
A great time to start nursing your baby is when baby’s eyes are wide and looking around. During this time your baby will be really calm and just taking everything in! You have lots of practice time to get the latch just right!
Feed your baby 2-2.5 hours before our scheduled meeting time.
Where comfortable clothing that does not hinder nursing.
Have your support person present during the visit.
Have your pump available if there are any questions regarding use.
Write a list of issues, questions, concerns, and topics you would like to cover!
I am available for the following two weeks via text message, phone call, or email. I look forward to receiving updates and hearing success stories!
Prenatal Lactation Education
Prenatal Lactation Education is important. There are many reasons you should take my prenatal lactation course. First and foremost, this is your first time being breastfeeding. Also, you should consider prenatal lactation education if you breastfed previously but experienced difficulties. Finally,you have breastfed before but it has been a long time and you would like a refresher! This visit will include a comprehensive health history, chest examination (if desired), lactation education.
Investment for Prenatal Breastfeeding Education:
In-home Prenatal Breastfeeding Education: $85
Group Prenatal Breastfeeding Education: $65