Sometimes feeding your baby is harder than it looks! We take a non-judgmental, collaborative, family-centered approach and work with you to help you reach your personal breastfeeding goals.
From induced lactation to weaning, just ask what you are looking for! We enjoy wonderful working relationships with a broad array of support providers in the community (and at our center) and we are happy to refer to our other wonderful IBCLC colleagues who may have a particular specialty or meet one of your needs well and/ or refer to our network of supportive providers — it can sometimes take a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to help get your best foot forward to meet your breastfeeding goals.
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In short, quite possibly… but it may take time, shared care with other health care providers, and committment to follow through. When helping unravel lactation challenges, sometimes it’s a quick direct line to resolving the issue and you’re off to the next thing; other times it takes some real sleuthing and time to figure out the root of the issue. As with many things in parenting world, patience, perserverence, and a good ol’ fashion sense of humor can get you through. We will stay committed as long as you are, and if we feel that we can’t help us (or you feel that way), then we have a wide-network of trusted lactation consultants who we would be happy to refer to to help add new perspective.
First and foremost: your baby! (Unless you are still pregnant or your baby is hospitalized, we usually observe your baby nursing.) Additionally, most breastfeeding moms find it helpful to have another set of eyes and ears listening and supporting them–especially if that person is going to be around regularly. We welcome an additional parent, a close friend, your own parent, or anyone else you feel comfortable having with you. If you think you’ll be bringing more than one other adult or an older child, please let us know so we can accommodate them.
Thanks for asking. A few things are helpful for you to maximize the value of your time with us.
- Please download the two intake forms (found just above the Lactation Services menu), fill them out, and send them to the email listed on the top of the form;
- Try to feed your baby about a 1.5 to 2 hours prior to the scheduled visit. This way, your baby should be ready to breastfeed during our time together. If you are needing to use pumped breast milk or formula, please bring it with you just in case it’s needed;
- Finally, try to arrive about 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time to park, get the little one out of the car, and get settled in. Tea, water, light snacks, and a cozy home-like will be waiting for you.
There is a very good chance that your insurance will partially or completely cover the cost of your lactation consultation and any lactation-related tools you may need. Talk with our founder and Lactation Consultant, Sabrina, directly to discuss your specific situation. And, if you have a flex-spending account through your employer, check to see if appointments with IBCLCs or breastfeeding-tools are covered. Most are pleasantly surprised to find out they are, though you may need a note from your health care provider to be eligible. (We are happy to coordinate this with you if need be.)
The reasons to see an Lactation Consultant can be quite varied (many described in the “list of breastfeeding support options” link above), but the short answer is to get help sooner rather than later if you are struggling with breastfeeding, feeling pain, your baby is not gaining enough weight, or you just need a little fine-tuning. Not everyone needs an in-depth assessment and care, which is why we have many options for you here. If you’re concerned about something, just give us a call — if we can help you in 10 minutes, it’s free!