Mama and Baby Consultation
A lactation consultant is an allied health
care professional specifically trained to help mothers nurse their babies.
In recent surveys, it
hasbeen noted that approximately 75% of
new mothers request assistance from a lactation consultant. This means it is more common for a new mom to
receive assistance from a lactation consultant than not! While breastfeeding
is a natural process it is
for a mom and a baby and usually takes some professional advice and a lot of practice before
a woman can say, “Breastfeeding is going well.” A common misconception is that breastfeeding
is natural, therefore it must be easy. This belief undermines a woman's confidence,
making them uncertain of their ability to breastfeed. The truth is that 'being natural'
doesn't translate to 'being easy'. Furthermore, asking for help from a professional lactation
consultant doesn’t make a woman inadequate, it makes them smart! Don’t hesitate to call
the Nursing Nook to schedule an appointment. You will feel much better after one visit with
There are many reasons to request a
consultation. Follow your instincts; if nursing your infant isn’t going well and you have
concerns call the Nursing Nook. A proper consultation lasts between 1- 1 1/2 hrs. Private
insurance usually covers consultations. For self pay the fee is $75 for a home visit or $65
for an office visit at the Nursing Nook. Consultations are usually scheduled the same day or
within 24 hours.
The fee also
-unlimited telephone support to answer
questions and to monitor the progress.
-coordination with the obstetrician
and pediatrician via fax and/or phone calls as needed.
reasons to schedule an appointment with an IBCLC
Baby is not latching
Baby does not seem satisfied
Mother concerned about having
a low milk supply.
Mother is experiencing pain
with nursing, has sore nipples, recurrent engorgement or mastitis.
Baby is not gaining weight as
Mother is using a nipple
shield and would like to toss it.
Mother is nursing
Mother will be returning to
work and would like assistance with continuing to breastfeed.
Still wondering whether
you should schedule a consultation? Let me remind you that breastfeeding provides your baby with
the best nutrition and gives your baby antibodies to help keep him healthy and out of the doctor’s
office. In addition, breastfeeding will save you thousands of dollars. Additional medical costs are
incurred because formula fed infants experience more frequent ear infections, respiratory
infections, and gastro-intestinal disturbances and allergies compared to breast-fed infants.
On average exclusive formula feeding cost approximately
$240/month or $2500 the first year of life.
Yes! You read it right! Adoptive
mothers can breastfeed too! If you are adopting a baby call the Nursing Nook to schedule an
appointment to discuss your options for breastfeeding. During the consultation we will design
a plan that fits your unique situation. We will coordinate with your physician if medications
or herbal supplements are needed to stimulate milk production. Remember there's a lot more to
breastfeeding than breast milk! Adoptive mothers enjoy preparing to breastfeed their
infant. The attachment and bonding process are enhanced while they anxiously await the
arrival of their baby. The attachment and bonding process continues to be enhanced by holding
their new baby skin-to-skin against their breasts. Some adoptive mothers are able to provide a full milk supply to their infants
while others will need to supplement with formula using a supplemental feeding system.
Breastmilk is considered “liquid gold” and even the smallest amount is considered a truly
precious gift that only you can give your baby.
Fee- $75 and includes frequent telephone monitoring, support, and
collaboration with your medical provider when necessary.
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