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. After welcoming your newborn, coping with breastfeeding challenges can be unexpected, stressful and highly emotional. Working with an experienced lactation consultant can help you identify the origin of your breastfeeding issues and assist you in developing a customized care plan to resolve those issues.. While breastfeeding is optimal and natural, it is also natural for new parents to have questions, difficulties, and need support. While babies are hardwired to breastfeed, 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. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies have a feeding assessment between days 3 and 5 to assess latch and weight gain. In the comfort of your own home, or in my cozy office, I offer comprehensive, individualized client-centered.

An initial consultation appointment is generally 2 hours and includes:

  • comprehensive history including your birth, breastfeeding and medical history

  • assessment of your nipples and breasts

  • discussion of your current lactation concern(s)

  • assessment of infant weight

  • assessment of infant oral anatomy

  • evaluation of latch, effective transfer, and general feeding

  • review of baby’s growth and feeding patterns

  • referrals to other services or health care professionals as needed

  • personalized and detailed written care plan in consultation with you

  • insurance documents to submit for reimbursement by provider

  • follow-up correspondence within 24 hours

There are a number of reasons you might need breastfeeding support, especially in the first few weeks at home with your newborn. Lactation consultants follow evidence-based practices and can help sort through conflicting advice you may hear. Some of the various situations in which making an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with me may prove especially useful include (but are not limited to):

  • Need for reassurance that breastfeeding is going well

  • Latch, suck or assessment of anatomical issues (tongue or lip tie symptoms)

  • Baby who refuses to breastfeed

  • Breastfeeding after a cesarean delivery or other difficult birth circumstances

  • Multiples (twins, triplets)

  • Special needs infants, such as Down Syndrome, cleft lip and palate

  • Mastitis, plugged ducts, breast abscess

  • Low milk supply or oversupply

  • Nipple shield (how to use/how to wean from)

  • Breastfeeding during an illness or complicated health issues

  • Supplementation for weight gain concerns

  • Jaundice

  • Sore or painful nipples and/or breasts

  • Engorgement

  • Weaning (baby led, emergency)

  • Thrush (candidiasis) in mother and/or baby

  • Breast hypoplasia (insufficient glandular tissue/ IGT)

  • Premature infant and transition to breast

  • Breastfeeding during an illness or complicated health issues

  • Selecting a breast pump, milk expression, collection and storage of human milk

  • History of breast surgery, hormonal issues or infertility

  • Support for an adopted baby or for multiples

  • Sleep, growth or solid food concerns

  • Induced lactation or re-lactation

  • Safe sleep and safe co-sleeping practices