Why in-home lactation?
During those early newborn days when feedings are frequent & sleep is at a minimum, getting out of the house with a newborn infant can be challenging. The convenience of an in-home lactation visit will allow you to use your time doing something more productive…like take a nap!
Not only is an in-home visit more convenient, your environment will be more familiar & comfortable for you & baby. You & baby will likely be more comfortable when you are surrounded by familiar things like your favorite chair, blankets, pillows, etc.
Do I need a lactation consultant?
If you are searching for lactation consultants, you may already know you need help. If you are still unsure, ask yourself all of the following questions. If you can answer “yes” to any of these, you may want to consider lactation support.
- Does it hurt when you nurse your baby?
- Does your baby not latch well? Does your baby come off & on the breast frequently during a feeding? Do you hear clicking & popping while your baby is feeding?
- Does your baby seem to cluster feed all day long? Does your baby not seem satisfied after a feeding?
- Are feedings lasting too long & occurring too frequently?
- Are you experiencing any nipple pain? Do you have cracks or bleeding of the nipples?
- Are you concerned that you are not producing enough milk? Is your infant not gaining weight at checkups? Is your infant not having enough dirty diapers?
- Are you making too much milk? Is your over supply causing difficulty with the latch?
- Are you returning to work & needing help with pumping? Do you have questions about your pump or just about pumping in general?
Amanda’s areas of lactation experience include:
- Painful latch
- Latch concerns
- Feeding frequency
- Nipple pain (bleeding or cracks)
- Concerns with lip/tongue tie
- Low milk supply
- Oversupply of milk
- Pumping concerns/Returning to work
- Weaning from Nipple Shield
I’m ready to make my appointment. What should I expect?
Before your in-home lactation visit:
- Choose a day & time for your appointment
- Payment will be due at the time of scheduling your appointment. You can easily pay online in the scheduling section using Square. Lactation services are HSA/FSA eligible and accepted using Square.
- You will receive an e-mail with a link to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Please fill this out prior to the appointment so I can spend more time with you and baby
- Write down any questions you may have
During your in-home lactation visit:
- I will review and go over the history of you & baby, and gain an understanding of your lactation challenges & concerns. Depending on how hungry baby is when I arrive, this may come first or last.
- I will observe a feeding & make any suggestions or adjustments to positioning as necessary
- If necessary, I can assess babies mouth if there are any possible concerns of lip/tongue tie
- After the appointment, I will provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company to attempt reimbursement
- After much discussion, I will leave you with a personalized care plan for you to use & reference for the next several days
After your in-home lactation visit:
- I will fax any information necessary to your child’s pediatrician and/or OB
- You will have support from me (via text, e-mail, or phone) for 14 days after our visit to make any adjustments necessary to your care plan
- If a follow up consult is necessary, this is available at a reduced price
Because I know you’re already thinking about it…
- Please do not feel obligated to clean your home before I arrive – I’m a mother too, I get it!
- Expect me to come to you in whichever area of your home is most comfortable for you to nurse (nursery, bedroom, living room, etc)
- I will not ask your family to leave the home while I am there. Your support system, whether that is a sibling, husband, grandma, aunt, or whomever, is always welcome to join.
- Tip: From my experience, it’s a good idea to have someone else present during your visit to help retain information & learn how to better support you after I leave.
- I do ask that you place your dogs or other animals in another room during your visit.