Lactation Services

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Breastfeeding is often thought of as one of those things that naturally happens for a new mother and her baby, but the reality is that things can be far more difficult. I provide help with everything from your initial breastfeeding plan, coaching, and education through the entire process.  As a Lactation Consultant, I’m committed to creating a personalized program that empowers you and your family to live better and healthier lives. Together, we’ll ascertain the nature of your concerns and find the solution best suited to your situation.

Benefits of Human Milk for the Baby:

  • Ideal nutrition for baby

  • Promotes healthy weight gain and helps prevent obesity later in life

  • Promotes stronger immune system

  • Contains important antibodies that protect against viral and bacterial infections

  • Protects against severe lower respiratory disease

  • Protects against diarrhea, constipation, and reflux

  • Lower rates of allergies, eczema, and asthma

  • Protects against diseases such as spinal meningitis and diabetes

  • Protects against childhood cancers

  • Lower rates of hospitalization and infant mortality

  • Decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother:

  • Less postpartum bleeding

  • Protects against cancer

  • Lowers the risk of osteoporosis

  • Releases oxytocin (the love hormone)

  • Lowers the rate of depression

  • Saves you up to $5,000 per year

  • Earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight

  • Parents have up to six times less absentee from work

 

Sources: AAP, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services, Cleveland Clinic

All families deserve a visit with an experienced lactation consultant to ensure they are getting off to the best start possible. I have over 15 years of experience helping families successfully nurse their babies.

Lactation Consults can be scheduled before or after your baby is born. I offer private lactation consults in my office for all families, including those who have had home births, birth center births, and hospital births. For those freshly postpartum, I do private visits in your home.

 

I provide personalized and holistic care while working with families to solve problems that can arise early in the nursing relationship to weaning.

An hour-long Lactation Consultation includes:

  • Complete medical history for parent and baby

  • Complete physical assessment for parent and baby

  • Infant weight checks before and after feeding.

  • Help with latch, positioning, hand expression, and pumping.

  • Help with supplementing, if needed.

  • Education and answers to all questions, including baby care

  • A written plan for you

  • A visit summary sent to your primary care provider.

Do you need a Lactation Consultant?

There are many situations in which families can benefit from a private, professional lactation consultation. Some reasons to seek assistance from a lactation consultant include but are not limited to:

Parent issues:

  • Supply concerns – low milk supply, oversupply, weaning support

  • Pain concerns – nipple/breast pain, mastitis, engorgement, plugged ducts, thrush, latch problems, not enjoying feedings.

  • Health history concerns – fertility issues, breast surgeries, prior breastfeeding issues, breast health concerns

  • Work/pumping concerns – pump comfort/fit issues, supply maintenance, support through a transitional phase.

Baby/Child issues:

  • Weight concerns – slow weight gain, poor growth, supplemental feeds

  • Latch concerns – non-latching baby, suck dysfunction, oral motor issues, tongue/lip tie, structural concerns

  • Feeding tools – support regarding tools such as bottles, nipples shields, at-breast supplementation, specialized feeding tools

  • Digestive concerns – colic, reflux, food allergies/sensitivities, unresolved fussiness