What can you expect during your In-Home Consult?
A thorough health history of the mother and baby and prior breastfeeding/lactation experiences.
I will evaluate the breastfeeding relationship and address your concerns and questions. Education related to breastfeeding and handling breastfeeding challenges will be covered.
A breastfeeding specific exam of lactating parent and assessment of the baby/babies is included.
A pre-breastfeeding weight of your baby and a post-breastfeeding weight are included to evaluate adequate transfer of breast milk.
An observation of a complete breastfeeding session.
A breastfeeding care plan will be developed with your input and goals.
A written summary of my evaluation and care plan is provided with written recommendations.
Collaboration with health care providers involved in your care.
The initial consultation in your home usually takes from one and a half to two hours. Additional consults are usually shorter.
How to prepare for your In-Home consult
SARS-CoV-2 Update: All participants at the consult over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the consult. I am following many additional precautions including a screening process.
I am fully Vaccinated
Precautions taken for Home Consultations during the Covid-19 Pandemic are provided upon request and at booking.
Preparing for a visit at your home shouldn't be stressful. Most likely you have a new baby, and the last thing you need to worry about is "tidying up"! A few things, though, can make the visit smoother for all...
Let's meet in the place you usually feed the baby. You comfort is paramount.
Adequate lighting helps, to examine how the baby is feeding and an oral exam. I might use a penlight or a headlamp to check baby's mouth to assist my visualization.
Please attempt to feed your baby approximately two to two and a half hours prior to the consult so that your baby will be interested in feeding but not frantic.
Please identify a table or counter that we can use to place my scale. The scale measures 16 inches by 23.6 inches. (This does not have to be in the same room as we meet)
I am a huge animal lover but a stranger working closely with their new baby can be stressful for them. If they become a distraction, we may need to temporarily move them out of the consult area.
Support via secure messaging is included after the initial consult for one week. If new or complicated issues arise, a second in-person consult is recommended.