As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) with over two years of experience, I am here to help you on your journey to successful breastfeeding. While I respect a family’s right to choose how to feed their baby, I encourage and support exclusive breastfeeding for the baby’s first six months. The American Association of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Fortunately, most insurance companies will cover 100% of the cost of breastfeeding education and support.
WHY IS “BREAST BEST”?
Evidence from studies comparing exclusively breastfed babies to those fed formula (even supplemental amounts with partially breastfed babies), show that exclusively breastfed babies are healthier, less likely to suffer from illness and disease, and have better overall health outcomes throughout their lives. Exclusively breastfed babies have significantly increased protection from and reduced rates of: sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, asthma, obesity, type 1 & type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, GI infection, pneumonia, and neonatal death.
Furthermore, women who breastfeed are at reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and postpartum depression. For every subsequent month a woman breastfeeds, her level of risk decreases.
Home Visit ($100): Support within the first few days and / or weeks of a baby’s life is the key to breastfeeding success. During this private, in-home session, I will assess a feeding, answer any questions you might have, and help to resolve any concerns or troubles you may have. After the home visit, I offer unlimited phone and email support for two weeks following the one-hour session.
Extensive Breastfeeding Support ($250): For those families seeking more support and education, I offer an extensive package of support, which includes: one prenatal session of breastfeeding education and preparation, an in-home visit within the first week of the baby’s life, and unlimited phone and email support for the first 6 months of the baby’s life.
Most insurance companies will cover 100% of the cost of lactation in-home visits. Many will also cover prenatal education.
Group Prenatal Breastfeeding Education ($75): I offer Group Breastfeeding Education Classes every other month. To see the current schedule and learn more, click here.
Private Prenatal Breastfeeding Education ($100; I offer in-person classes as well as virtual classes via the computer / phone): Prepare for breastfeeding success with the proper education and preparation. In this private class, we will discuss how the breast makes milk, correct latch and positioning, how to tell if baby is getting enough, how to optimize the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, and how to avoid common problems, such as sore nipples, engorgement and early weaning.
Prepare to go Back to Work ($100; I offer in-person classes as well as virtual classes): Are you returning to work and hoping to continue to breastfeed? In this private class I will teach you the skills you need in order to ensure a successful breastfeeding transition back to work. Topics will include: proper use of breast pump and parts, balancing breastfeeding and pumping, how and when to introduce the bottle, safe milk storage and preparation, and tips to increase milk production.