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Lactation Consultations

Lactation is natural

Breastfeeding is learned

Here, I will warmly teach you how to nourish your baby, maintain a healthy supply, and integrate breastfeeding into your unique family’s life.

Prenatal

Lactation consultation

At this hour-long private appointment, Katie will identify if you have one or more breastfeeding risk factors, and create a breastfeeding care plan with support materials specific to your individual and family needs. Prenatal consultations allow you to establish care with Balanced Breastfeeding to guarantee the option to schedule a visit postpartum.

  • Identification of breasts, nipples, and hormonal risks factors that may impact ability to make milk and/or remove the milk.
  • Intake questionnaire to understand your medical history, fertility journey, pregnancy, and birth intentions.
  • Exploration of goals, expectations, life circumstances, and home support in the first two weeks postpartum and beyond.
  • Discussion about past newborn feeding experiences, if not your first baby.
  • Evaluation of the lactating parent’s breasts.
    • Identification of breasts, nipples, and hormonal risks factors that may impact ability to make milk and/or remove the milk.
  • Practice the maneuvers you need for your unique breast and nipple anatomy through hands-on assistance with positioning using breastfeeding pillows and a life-like doll.
  • Ample opportunity for questions and learning.
  • Customized, strategic newborn feeding plan with supporting digital learning materials.
  • Intentional, active inclusion of the breastfeeding support partner.
  • Collaboration with necessary care partners as needed.

pricing & insurance

Certain insurances accepted. If approved, coverage is 100% with no copay. Check coverage here. Fee for service pricing without insurance is $175.

Postpartum

Lactation & Newborn Feeding Consultations

In this 60-90 minute visit, we will complete a feeding cycle together: directly nursing, bottle feeding, and/or pumping. We encourage your breastfeeding support partner to attend!

Use of the HATLFF to assess both the appearance and function of the newborn’s tongue to identify any restrictions that may affect feeding.

Demonstration of positioning and support, and paced bottle feeding method

Assistance in choosing the ideal bottle for your baby’s unique needs.

Gentle assistance to execute the unique anatomy specific maneuvers you need to deeply, comfortably latch your baby onto your breast

Measurement of infant consumption of milk while directly latched to the breast through pre and post weighted feeds on a highly sensitive, specialty scale.

Physical assessment of the breasts to identify problem areas that may be prone to poor drainage such as plugged ducts and mastitis; nipples to identify break down or damage. Both assessments are used to create an ideal care plan for your unique body.

Hands on pumping session to evaluate flange fit, adjust cycles and vacuum on your personal pump, and evaluate volume expressed.

  • Follow up is critical to evaluate how the strategic plan worked in real life; we will adjust and revise the plan if we need to.
  • Intake questionnaire to understand pregnancy, birth, lactation and infant feeding to date. It is my goal to start from wherever you are; your lived experience matters a lot.
  • Evaluation of infant feeding: directly latching to the breast and/or bottle feeding
  • Discussion about past newborn feeding experiences, if not your first baby
  • Evaluation of the lactating parent’s breasts.

Assessment of infant oral anatomy and suck Use of the HATLFF to assess both the appearance and function of the newborn’s tongue to identify any restrictions that may affect feeding.

Attachment focused Bottle feeding support Demonstration of positioning and support, and paced bottle feeding method

Assistance in choosing the ideal bottle for your baby’s unique needs.

Hands on, direct latching support Gentle assistance to execute the unique anatomy specific maneuvers you need to deeply, comfortably latch your baby onto your breast

Measurement of infant consumption of milk while directly latched to the breast through pre and post weighted feeds on a highly sensitive, specialty scale.

  • Evaluation of the lactating parent’s breasts:

Physical assessment of the breasts to identify problem areas that may be prone to poor drainage such as plugged ducts and mastitis; nipples to identify break down or damage. Both assessments are used to create an ideal care plan for your unique body.

Hands on pumping session to evaluate flange fit, adjust cycles and vacuum on your personal pump, and evaluate volume expressed.

  • Ample opportunity for questions and learning.
  • Intentional, active inclusion of the breastfeeding support partner.
  • Customized, strategic newborn feeding plan with supporting digital learning materials.
  • Follow up appointments as needed to review and revise plan
    • Follow up is critical to evaluate how the strategic plan worked in real life; we will adjust and revise the plan if we need to.

pricing & insurance

Certain insurances accepted. If approved, coverage is 100% with no copay.  Check coverage here. Fee for service pricing without insurance is $275 the initial visit and $175 for follow ups. If you had a prenatal consultation, the first postpartum visit is considered a follow up and is $175.

Postpartum

Strategy Discussions

Planning to make a change, like returning to work or weaning and needing strategic support? Strategy discussions are visits to review your current lactation and infant feeding circumstances to make a plan to achieve your next safe, realistic goal.

  • Managing pumping (exclusively or occasionally).
  • Balancing working and continuing to breastfeed.
  • Starting solids.
  • Managing annoying, uncomfortable behaviors your nursing baby may have developed (biting, punching, distractibility).
  • Caring for your mental health and breastfeeding, including discussion of medication safety and sleep protection for the lactating parent.
  • Teaching and empowering your chosen childcare providers to care for your child.
  • Changing infant feeding schedules.
  • Weaning from producing milk.
  • Weaning the child from direct nursing.
  • Post weaning, to reflecting on and process the entire breastfeeding journey.

pricing & insurance

Certain insurances accepted. If approved, coverage is 100% with no copay. Check coverage here. Fee for service pricing without insurance is $175.

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