Services:

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    Milk supply concerns

    A visit with a lactation consultant can help you manage an oversupply as well as build your milk supply. 

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    Latch concerns

    Latching is a dance between a mother and her baby. If your partner is a challenge, an experienced IBCLC can help. Shallow latches, slipping off the breast, clicking, repeated breast bobbing, refusing to latch and crying are a few signs that a lactation liaison may be helpful.

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    Slow weight gain

    A skilled lactation consultant can help determine the underlying feeding issues (ineffective feeding, tongue tie, reflux, food sensitivities, etc). An IBCLC can assist you in developing a plan to improve weight gain and milk supply, if needed. 

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    Painful feedings

    Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt. Pinched and creased nipples are not normal. Sometimes a simple adjustment to the baby's positioning will help. Sometimes it is more complex . A visit with a qualified lactation consultant can help identify the problem.

  • Breast or hormone concerns

    A healthy breast and adequate hormone levels are essential for making milk. Prior breast surgery (breast reduction, augmentation, radiation exposure) or hormonal imbalances can pose a challenge. IBCLCs can help prevent complications.

  • Weaning

    Weaning has many faces:  rapid weaning, partial weaning, night weaning,  daytime weaning, pump weaning, and toddler weaning.  If you need help navigating this process, spending time with a trained lactation consultant can help you create a road map. 

  • Pumping

    Efficient and effective pumping yeilds more milk in less time. Pumping should not hurt. Pale and purple nipples are not normal. A skilled IBCLC can help with pump setting, flange fit, and scheduling.

  • Reflux, colic, food sensitivites

    Fussy feeders take a toll on the whole family. If you are feeling overwhelmed by reflux, colic, or wonder about a possible food sensitivity, an IBCLC can help you make a plan for more peaceful feedings.

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    Breast or nipple pain

    If you are experiencing engorgement, plugged ducts, nipple blebs, deep breast pain, mastitis, thrush, and pale or purple nipples, rest assured that there are solutions. 

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    Bottle difficulties

    Bottle struggles are not uncommon. Chewing, gagging, clicking, dribbling, and crying are signs that feeding is not enjoyable for the baby.  An experienced IBCLC can help you find a good-fit bottle style for your baby and show you bottle-feeding strategies before aversions develop. 

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    Twins and more 

    Managing multiples has a unique set of feeding challenges. Development of a game plan, in partnership with an IBCLC, can provide ideas to help at home and to keep the focus on feeding and protecting milk supply.  

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    Adoption & induced lactation

    There are many ways to feed a baby.  If you are adopting and wish to induce lactation, a lactation consultant can assist with the process.

Expecting a baby?

There are always loads of questions regardless if this your first or fifth baby.  

 

I offer prenatal consultations to meet the needs of families who are preparing for birth and the breastfeeding journey with their newest edition.

Newborn consultations are available the first two weeks after birth.  To guarantee a home visit within days of your arrival at home, I offer a reservation system.   Contact me to learn more. 

I also offer three specific classes tailored to help families prepare for the arrival of their little one(s).

Breastfeeding

I offer a variety of in-home consultations that focus on the specific needs of families.

 

Common concerns families have, after the baby arrives, include: concerns about latching, painful feedings, slow weight gain, milk supply, bottle refusal, and tummy troubles, and more.  I am here to help!

Are you headed back to work? I have  return to work classes and flange fitting sessions  to address concerns or offer one-on-one, in-home visits. 

 

Contact us to schedule your visit.

Weaning

Ideal for families in search of a  judgement-free plan for weaning regardless if your 'baby' is an infant, toddler, preschooler or a big kid.

 

Weaning is best thought of as a transition that takes place over time, just like other stages motherhood. Weaning has many facets that impacts mom, child, and the whole family. For some families weaning begins with saying farewell to the pump. There is also night weaning, day weaning, partial and full weaning. Sometimes weaning is necessary for medical reasons, family planning, or lilfe circumstances.  Whatever your reason, I can help. Together, we make a plan that works for your family. 

PREPARATION 

 & PLANNING 

Prenatal Classes and Consultations

 

Prior Breastfeeding Issues

Chronic Maternal Health Concerns

Fetal Anatomical Issues

Lactation After Infant Loss
 

Prior Breast Surgeries

 

Fertility Difficulties

Downs Syndrome/Genetic Concerns

Adoptive/Induced Lactation

Services & Expertise​

BREASTFEEDING &

BACK-TO-WORK SUPPORT

Milk Supply Concerns - low/too much

 

Latching Problems

 

Pinched or Painful Nipples

 

Breast Pain

 

Pump Comfort 

 

Return-to-Work Classes

 

Using Feeding Tools 

 

Identification of Impeding Anatomical Structures

Tandem Nursing

FEEDING

TRANSITIONS

Weaning Support


Nutrition/Growth concerns

Starting Solids

Baby-led Weaning

Sleep Concerns

Starting Solids Classes

Gagging/Choking with Solids

Not Taking Solids

Expedited Weaning

I need breastfeeding help!

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