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What will your lactation consult visit be like?
Initial breastfeeding consultation generally lasts around two hours, with some consults lasting longer and others consults (typically older babies) shorter.
A complete birth, health, and breastfeeding history and health history as it relates to breastfeeding for both mother and baby.*
Weighing baby on a hospital grade scale accurate to within 2 grams (about a half teaspoon) before and after feeding so that we can see how much the baby is taking in at that feeding.
Observation of feeding in mother's own environment as she usually does it, to know best how mother and baby can best be helped
Assistance with positioning and latch
Assessment of mother's breasts and baby's oral anatomy.
Breastfeeding care plan
A report sent to baby's/mother's doctor as indicated
Phone support as needed
Typically last 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the situation
Assessment of progress
Weight check of baby, including pre and post feeding weights if useful for the situation.
Re-evaluation/updating of care plan
Phone support as needed
Preparing for a visit
Please don't feed the baby to satiety shortly before the visit. The baby needs to be hungry enough to want to latch on but not hungry to the point of frustration. (If in doubt, it is better to err on the side of giving the baby enough to tide over their hunger.)
Please don't be hungry, yourself! You will remember things better if you are keeping yourself fed and hydrated!
We need a hard, level area for the infant scale. Examples are kitchen tables and coffee tables.
Decide where you would like the consultation to take place. Whereever you normally nurse the baby is a good place to be.
Babies have their tongue motions and sucking reflex assessed most accurately when they have access to milk. If you have a teaspoon of expressed milk to dip our gloved finger in as we do the oral assessment it would be helpful. If you don't, that is also fine.
If you have a history of baby's weight checks, please have it nearby so that I can know the growth pattern that your baby has been experiencing.
Please don't run around cleaning the house in preparation for our visit. I don't care about any clutter and do not expect new mothers to have a tidy house. Just focus on your baby.
Payment is due at the time of visit. Initial visits are $150 and follow up visits are $75.
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When to call:
Trust your instincts and call anytime you feel that you need help breastfeeding. If more than two feedings in a row are painful, this is a good time to call for breastfeeding support. Problems addressed earlier are easier they are to fix. We will see babies at all ages.