Isn't breastfeeding natural? Why would I need help?
Woman's bodies are designed to nourish the babies that they grow. That said, breastfeeding is something that women and their newborns still have to learn, especially since women no longer have the generational support that existed in the past. Children no longer grow up seeing other children nurse and too often women are expected to cover up in public or go into a different room when feeding their baby. Mothers are more likely to succeed when they have information and support from others who have breastfed successfully, especially if that other mother is also a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
IBCLCs are the premiere resource for breastfeeding knowledge and support. By finding an IBCLC before you give birth you are giving yourself the best support possible. Having a thorough knowledge of positioning, techniques, and an idea of how milk production works will help you and your baby have a calm, and beautiful experience.
When is the best time to talk to a lactation consultant?
Preparing for breastfeeding begins well before your little one's arrival. When you learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding for you and your infant, your determination builds, and a clear picture of what the breastfeeding relationship looks like emerges. You are then able to prepare yourself, your support, and your space.
I recommend you and your primary support person attend a class on the benefits of breastfeeding in the first trimester, and then an informational class during which we will discuss technique, latch, positioning, and how to closer to your delivery.
If I wasn't able to breastfeed my first baby, will I be able to breastfeed my next baby?
Absolutely! An IBCLC will work with you to troubleshoot and overcome breastfeeding issues. An IBCLC is not just an expert in breastfeeding, she is also a problem solver, a cheerleader, and an advocate for you and your baby. A strong support system is invaluable in your breastfeeding journey and an IBCLC can be a critical member of that team.
We will discuss your your first experience and attempt to determine the source of the problems. Identifying those issues will help to put your mind at ease and prepare you in advance of the arrival of you new baby by helping you to avoid past issues.
What is involved in a home visit?
You had a baby and now you are feeling unsure. Maybe your baby isn’t latching well or you are concerned about their weight gain. Maybe breastfeeding is painful or things just are not going like you thought they would.
For your consult, I will join you in the comfort of your home. We will begin by discussing your medical history and your current issues so I can fully understand your needs and concerns. I will conduct an assessment of your baby that includes observing a nursing session, as well as your baby’s appearance and behavior.
From this assessment and observation, we will discuss and create an initial care plan, and a plan for follow up care. A report will also be sent to your pediatrician. Your consult fee also includes telephone follow up support as we tweak your care plan.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept Cigna PPO plans, BCBS PPO plans and all BCBS subsidiaries (Anthem, Premera, Regence, Empire, etc.) through The Lactation Network. I also accept major credit cards, PayPal, and Venmo for online payments and deposits, and will accept the balance at the time of your visit in any of the same forms, check, or cash.