Do I need to see a Lactation Consultant?
There are many situations in which families can benefit from a private, professional lactation consultation. Some reasons to seek assistance from a international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) include but are not limited to: milk supply issues, sore nipples/breasts, latch issues, weight gain concerns, past breast surgery, tongue tie, past breastfeeding problems, traumatic birth, planning to return to work/school, not enjoying breastfeeding, lactation support after infant loss, pregnancy/tandem nursing, pumping issues, weaning support, and many more.
What can I expect during a consultation?
Each initial consultation begins with getting to know each other a bit, reviewing your pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding and health history and exploring the current breastfeeding issues you are experiencing. You will be invited to feed your baby during the appointment and depending on the issue at hand, I will examine you and/or your baby.
Initial consultations typically last about two hours. Consultation fees are per appointment, not based on an hourly fee, so we will never be rushed. After assessing and exploring your situation, we will develop a written care plan together with suggestions for improving whatever breastfeeding issues you may be having. I will provide you with referrals to other health care providers if necessary, and a full report and copy of the care plan will be sent to the baby’s and/or your health care providers depending on the situation.
What should I have ready for my consultation?
You and your baby (preferably ready to be fed, but not desperate), your partner or support person if desired, your list of questions and concerns, your already filled-out intake form if ready, any breastfeeding tools, pillows, pumps or gadgets you are using or want to use, any supplemental infant food/fortifier if using, a sling or wrap for babywearing if desired, any feeding/diaper diaries you have been keeping track of.
What if I'm still having breastfeeding issues?
Follow-up support is usually by phone or email, but sometimes another visit is necessary. For each visit you will be given a Lactation Visit Receipt to send in for possible reimbursement from your insurance provider. I strongly encourage all my clients to keep in touch with me until they feel fully confident that their problems are resolved and they are enjoying breastfeeding!
Do you take insurance?
Many insurance plans will cover some or all of a lactation consult. I provide a Lactation Visit Receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Can I write a check?
Yes, I accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is an experienced professional who has achieved the high levels of clinical and theoretical knowledge required to practice competently and safely in the breastfeeding field, having at least 1000 hours of experience as well as passing a comprehensive certifying board exam.