Think of this as the breastfeeding class offered by your hospital, but in the comfort of your own home. The visit will cover all of the breastfeeding basics, including common questions and concerns and what to expect in the hospital or home birth setting. This is also a great opportunity to address any specific questions you may have about breastfeeding. If you have struggled with breastfeeding in the past, this can be great time to investigate what issues may have occurred and see what can be done to avoid them this time around. Our goal is to give you all the necessary tools to set you up for success. Visits generally last around an hour and a half, and we encourage your support person(s) to be there with you. Group rates are also available if you want to get a group of expecting moms together and postpartum visits are offered at a discounted rate if you have had a prenatal consult.
While breastfeeding may be perceived as natural or intuitive for many, there can be a steep learning curve. Regardless of what you may have heard, breastfeeding should not be painful. If you are experiencing pain or other issues, there is a reason and a solution. Home visits are available seven days a week to asses any breastfeeding issues you may be experiencing. Services may include using an infant scale to do pre- and post-feed weights, assessment of the infant's latch, help with positioning, working with your pump and other assessments relevant to your unique situation. You are encouraged to have a support person present and curious toddlers are always welcome. Visits usually last one and a half to two hours. Additional visits are available at a discounted rate. If you are not sure if you need a consult, feel free to contact us via phone or email to discuss your needs.
Returning to Work
If you are returning to work and looking for tips on pumping, paced bottle feeding and maintaining supply, this is the visit for you. We are here to answer your questions and give you information on how to successfully transition back to work while continuing to breastfeed and/or pump. Whether your are returning to work at six weeks or six months after having your baby it can be a stressful, emotional time. We would like to take some of that stress away by knowing that you're all prepared for feeding your baby while you're away. This is a great visit for your care provider or family members to attend so they can learn how to best support the breastfeeding relationship while you are away. Visits are generally around one hour.
*We do not want lack of funds to prevent you from getting the support you need. If this is an issue please contact us for sliding scale.
**Under the Affordable Care Act lactation services are required to be covered by most insurance companies. We will provide you with all of the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.