Lactation Consultations

Just like anythng we have never done before, time and patience is key in the early days of feeding your newborn human milk, either directly or indirectly. Often we feel that we should just "get it" all right from the start. This is so rarely the case.

                                                          But, it is so possible.  Hang in there! In time you will find your rhythmn.

Breastfeeding Newborn
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I offer compassionate, in-home breastfeeding support.  Whether you are looking to review the basics of getting a good latch to increase comfort, reading your baby’s cues, or help with more serious challenges along the way, I can help to create a plan that meets your personal desires and goals.

The truth of the matter is that there are many moving and intermingled pieces to your breastfeeding experience. More than just phyically mastering a new skill, it is a bidirectional relationship that involves two "new" human beings.  It is easy to relate that term to the newborn, but it is so important to appreciate that you are "new" in this role as mother, parent, and nurturer.  This relationship, like any, continues to evolve and change as your baby and you do.

Some key ingredients we can bring are an open heart and mind, a positive perspective,  patience and trust in your instincts.  Add loving support and some informed guidance, and you will most likely feel more calm and competent. Receiving appropriate lactation support and care when early challenges arise can make all the differernce in keeping you comfortable and confident.

The initial consultation includes:

  • A 1.5-2 hour-session with a feeding observation,
  • A pre and post feeding weights,
  • A health history of mom and baby
  • The formulation of a mutually agreed upon plan of care.

This service includes:

  • A written feeding care plan
  • A report of my evaluation and plan to your medical provider
  • Ongoing  phone or text support for up to 3 weeks

In person follow up visits may be recommended, as more complex issues require time and the ongoing adjustment of the plan. Certain situations may warrant an in-person follow up visit with another care provider if parent or baby require medical care that is beyond my scope of practice, ie: prescription medication or evaluation for tongue tie, etc.

Full payment and healthy history and consent forms are required prior to visit.  COVID-19 precautions are required for all adults.

Fees:

Initial 1.5-2 hour visit fee is 175.00

Follow up 1-hour visit fee is 75.00

Quick follow up weight check fee is 45.00

  • According to the ACA, "Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth.  This applies to Marketplace plans and all other health insurance plans, except for grandfathered plans.
  • "Your insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump."  Each plan will have their own guidelines on whether it is manual or electric, if it is yours to keep or is rented and for how long. Source:  https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/breast-feeding-benefits/ 
  • Breastfeeding consultations, and breastfeeding related supplies (FSA covered breastfeeding/pumping supplies) qualify as eligible expenses if you have a FSA or an HSA account . You save money by using pre-taxed dollars you have put aside.
  • I am not an in network provider, but will provide a super bill that you can submit to your insurance company for full or partial reimbursement.  An FSA or HSA debit card can be used to pay for the breastfeeding consultation.