Do I need a consult?
Many women who do great breastfeeding in the hospital may experience difficulties upon returning home. The sooner we can meet and observe a feeding the better, as some issues can get worse with each feeding.
Common complaints that would benefit from a consult include:
- Sore, cracked nipples or painful breastfeeding
- Clogged ducts
- Mastitis (if you suspect mastitis, please call your physician immediately)
- Painful latching, difficulty latching or unsure if latch is correct
- Baby with jaundice
- Concern that baby is not getting enough
- Baby that needs supplementation
- Low milk supply or concerns about low milk supply
- Previous breast surgery
- Breastfeeding multiples
What happens during a consult?
We offer in-store and in-home breastfeeding consultations by an IBCLC. In-store lactation rooms are complete with a couch for dad and other family members! Our consultations usually last 1-1.5 hours allowing us time to talk and to evaluate a full feeding. We also have a hospital grade scale to tell us how much milk baby takes in during a feeding, which most moms find helpful and reassuring. Many breastfeeding challenges can be resolved in one visit and others can be more of a work in progress. Either way, we will work with you to create a breastfeeding plan that you feel comfortable with and will follow-up with you as needed. You will receive educational information as well as a customized summary of our visit via e-mail.