My role as your lactation consultant is to work with you and your baby to identify the source of your feeding difficulty, to provide gentle and compassionate care as we find solutions that are comfortable to you, and to support you in the process. I offer a range of services to meet your needs, both before and after giving birth. I am an in-network provider with Aetna health insurance. Clients with most Aetna plans can see me for up to 6 visits at no out-of-pocket cost. For all other insurance plans, payment is due at the time of service and you will receive a detailed receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Initial Lactation Consultation
First-time visits are typically 90 minutes, with up to 2 hours reserved for you. Your consultation will include an in-depth review of your pregnancy, birth, and feeding history; current feeding concerns; weighing your baby; structural and oral assessment of your baby; observation of a feeding; and a detailed feeding assessment. A report and summary of your care plan may be submitted to your pediatrician and/or your OB or midwife.We will develop a customized care plan to address any difficulties or complications with breastfeeding. Your consultation fee includes 1 week of email follow-up.
Twin Lactation Consultation
Similar to the initial postnatal consultation, this visit includes an in-depth review of your pregnancy, birth, and feeding history; current feeding concerns; weighing your babies; structural and oral assessment of your babies; observation of both babies feeding; and a detailed feeding assessment. We will develop a customized care plan to address any difficulties or complications with breastfeeding. Your consultation fee includes 1 week of email follow-up.
Follow-up Home Visits
Follow-ups are typically 60-90 minutes, with up to 90 minutes reserved for you. This appointment is for established clients only, who I have seen at least once since the birth of the baby. We will follow up on any ongoing concerns, address any new issues, and fine-tune your care plan. Fees are discounted and are based on the length of the visit.
Prenatal Lactation Consultation
A prenatal lactation consultation is one of the best things you can do to prepare for having a newborn! We’ll cover the basics of what you need to know to get off to a smooth start breastfeeding. Prenatal consultations are great for everyone, but are especially recommended for situations that may affect breastfeeding, such as diabetes, multiple gestation, past breast surgery, inverted or flat nipples, planned c-section, fertility or hormonal conditions such as PCOS, or a history of breastfeeding difficulties with your other children. Before the appointment, I will request some information about you, your plans for childbirth, breastfeeding goals, plans for work, lifestyle, and any health-related concerns you may have about breastfeeding.
Inducing Lactation packages
If you are considering inducing lactation for a baby you are not giving birth to, such as delivering by surrogate, adoption, or planning to breastfeed/ chestfeed your baby birthed by your partner, I would love to work with you! We’ll cover options, what to expect, and develop a plan that works for you and your family to best nurture and feed your little one. I can offer individual planning sessions in person or by phone, as well as a 3-session package to help guide you through the entire process of planning and supporting baby’s feeding after their arrival. Package discounts are available for families inducing lactation as long as you live within 10 miles of Pasadena. Please contact me directly for more details.
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the highest certification in the field of lactation care. An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who has completed 90 hours of approved lactation-specific education, 1,000 hours of clinical practice in lactation care, 14 higher education courses pertaining to lactation, and passed a lengthy board exam. There are many types of breastfeeding support available in the community, but the IBCLC is uniquely qualified to assess and work with complex situations. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from a consultation with an IBCLC:
- Painful feedings
- Concerns about baby’s weight
- Premature birth
- Milk not coming in by day 4
- Baby has jaundice
- Baby seems unhappy or uncomfortable at breast, or rejects breastfeeding altogether
- Baby never seems to be satisfied
- Difficulty latching
- Concerns about milk supply (too much or too little)
- Tongue tie
- Pediatrician has recommended supplements for any reason
- Past breast surgery
- Induced lactation for adopted baby
- Co-nursing or transgender parents
- Need help with pumping
- Weaning support
- Feeling unsure about how breastfeeding is going/ needing reassurance or feedback
If any of these sound familiar, I can help. I urge you to seek help right away. Some problems do resolve on their own, but others become much harder to fix with time. The earlier we address problems, the easier it will be for you and your baby. I try to be available for a consultations on short notice, and same-day services are often possible.