PRIVATE BREASTFEEDING CONSULTATIONS
HOW CAN A LACTATION CONSULTANT HELP ME?
While breastfeeding is optimal and natural, it is also natural for new mothers to have questions and need support. Mothers often have questions about how to make and maintain an adequate milk supply, how to breastfeed effectively or how to fit breastfeeding into their lifestyle. Research has shown that mothers who receive help in the early days are likely to have an easier time breastfeeding and tend to breastfeed longer.
During a consultation, I compassionately guide mom and baby while observing a full feeding. The initial consultation appointment is generally 2 hours. Follow up consults if needed, are usually 1-1 ½ hours. Lactation consultation appointments include a comprehensive mother and baby health history, an assessment of the mother’s breasts and a clinical evaluation of the baby’s feeding. A written personalized care plan is developed to support your breastfeeding goals. Your care may be coordinated with your health care providers (midwife/obstetrician and pediatrician). Follow up with a phone call within 24 hours of the consult is scheduled to ensure breastfeeding is improving.
There are various situations in which making an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with a board certified lactation consultant may prove especially useful:
* Need for reassurance that breastfeeding is going well
* Latch, suck or medical/anatomical issues (tongue or lip tie) that impact the feeding
* Baby who refuses to breastfeed
* Low milk supply
* Supplementation for weight gain concerns
* Sore nipples and/or breasts
* Breast pain
* Premature baby and milk expression assistance
* Education on selecting a breast pump, milk expression and storage
* History of breast surgery, hormonal issues or infertility
* Support for an adopted baby or multiples
* Sleep, growth or solid food concerns
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies have a feeding assessment between days 3 and 5 to assess latch and weight gain.
Some mothers and some babies babies need more time and help than others. With assistance, gentle support and patience, you can make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.