Prenatal Lactation Consultation

Services Explained

Initial Breastfeeding Consultation

 

We provide in-person consults in our office or your home. Tele-health consults are available, but please understand there are limits to these consults -- we cannot do a weighted feed or do a physical exam of you or your baby.

What is included in your initial appointment?

  • Assessment of mother/breastfeeding parent

  • Assessment of baby (or babies!)

  • Assessment of latch

  • Weighted feed (to see how much your baby is getting at the breast)

  • Detailed, written care plan

  • Written report to your physician

  • Referral(s) as needed and appropriate

  • Phone or email follow-up

Occasionally, all that’s needed is a one-time initial consult.  However, it is suggested that you budget for at least 2 consults -- the first to assess and design a care plan for the first 24-72 hrs., and a follow-up to re-assess how things have progressed or changed. Many breastfeeding issues can take time and attention to resolve. 

*Twin consultations are scheduled for a longer period of time in order to assess both babies. *

*Please note there is an increased fee for twin consultations as they do take longer.*

Follow-Up Lactation Consultation

 

In most cases, one or more follow-up visits may be necessary to measure progress, improve latch, deal with new, but related issues, or provide confirmation of improvement (weight gain, milk transfer, etc.). Care plans created at initial lactation consults may include recommendations for follow-up appointments however those are suggestions only and left up to each family's discretion. 

If, however, after the first week or two, the problem is not resolving and cannot be adequately addressed over the phone, I will suggest a follow-up consult to reassess the care plan.  

 

Prenatal Lactation Consultation

 

During a prenatal breastfeeding consultation we will review in great detail all of the basics of breastfeeding and how to determine if breastfeeding is going well once you welcome your baby into this world.  Prenatal appointments are particularly helpful if prior attempts to breastfeed were unsuccessful or you have particular medical concerns that need to be addressed.  

Prenatal appointments are booked for 90 minutes to allow for a thorough discussion of breastfeeding essentials for your early establishment of breastfeeding. 

Phone Consultation

 

Phone consults can be an efficient way to discuss straight-forward questions that do not involve observing the baby at the breast or assessing more complicated issues. If you are unsure whether this type of appointment is appropriate, please fill out the contact form with detail about what your concerns are and we can let you know what type of appointment is most appropriate. 

Weight Check

 

Weight checks are meant to provide a quick check on how your baby is doing and is only available for current clients.