Do you take Insurance?

I do not take insurance or contract with insurance companies. I feel it is better for me to focus on the work I do rather then spending office hours sending out bills. 

I will provide you with a invoice that allows you to claim reimbursement from your insurance company.  I am not able to guarantee reimbursement, however, you can check with your specific insurance provider by asking about lactation coverage

Payment at time of service is expected, I accept cash, check, and venmo.

How can I prepare for my consult?

Seeing your baby feed is a valuable part of the consult.  Please try to hold off a full feeding if possible so I can see what your reality looks like for you and your baby.  Although unintentional, a full baby makes it very difficult for me to fully evaluate your challenges.  

If possible,  try not to feed your baby 1-2 hours before the visit.   

If breastfeeding is natural, why is it so difficult for me?

This answer can be different for each family since there are many reasons. 

With that said, our modern culture hides breastfeeding behind closed doors, which means most women have not seen breastfeeding when they have their baby.  This makes the whole experience feel a bit overwhelming initially and makes it seem like its not natural. 

But don't worry, with time and the right support breastfeeding will feel like second nature. 

How do I know how much my baby is getting when breastfeeding?

After we have some baseline knowledge of your infants weight gain pattern and pre/post feeding weight, I will be better able to advise you on how you will know if your infant has had enough and what to do if he/she has not.  

Is it OK for my baby to have a bottle?

There are many reasons why an infant needs feedings beyond their mothers breasts  in the early days of breastfeeding.  With that said, I recommend using an alternative feeding method like a bottle  if there is truly a medical need for supplement for either the mother or infant.  Indications for supplement include(but not limited to: poor infant weight gain, jaundiced, failure to thrive, separation of mother/infant, maternal medical need. If you are interested in exploring alternative feeding options, I am able to support you with this.  

If there is no  medical need indicating supplementation, I recommend most families consider giving the infant a bottle every other day starting around 3-4 weeks postpartum in preparation of future separation for work, etc

When should I start pumping?

I recommend mothers begin pumping if there is extended separation from their infant or if supplementation is indicated at any point.  Meaning if your baby is feeding from a bottle at 1 week old for any reason, then I suggest you pump to keep up your supply and prevent engorgement and clogged ducts.  

If this situation does not occur, I recommend women to pump to make bottles around 3-4 weeks.  This is done typically once a day, sometimes more often.