As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) I provide clinical breastfeeding* assessments to parents in New York City. To begin, contact me or view my availability right away and book online now.
Why Have A Home Visit?
something hurts (sore or damaged nipples, breast pain, plugged ducts)
baby is not latching, “slides” off breast, is too sleepy to nurse
baby is gaining weight slowly
concerns about baby’s tongue or torticollis
something feels "not right"
concerns about milk supply
issues relating to preemies
previous breast surgery, unusually shaped breasts or nipples
concerns regarding feeding management for trans/gnc parents
What happens at the visit?
An initial visit lasts about 2 hours. During that time, I will:
take your history and conduct physical examination
assess baby "at rest and at breast" (observing a feed)
work with parent and baby to achieve comfortable latch and positioning
weigh the baby before and after a feed
discuss management of feeding and active problem-solving
facilitate communication between parents
develop a customized, written care plan based on the assessment, to guide family through the next few days
write a report to send to baby’s pediatrician and your care provider, to coordinate care with the rest of the health care team
make a referral to a specialist if needed
provide you with a receipt to submit for insurance reimbursement.
do my best to help you feel more secure and confident in managing your family's needs, with practical tools and non-judgmental, empathetic support.
Following the visit, we will be in touch over the next several days to tinker with the care plan and get you on your way. Subsequently, many parents find it helpful to schedule followup visits for further support and education, as they get the hang of things.
You deserve to have a good experience as you get to know your baby.
Preparing for your visit:
Try to arrange for the baby to be ready to feed shortly after our visit begins. (I know you can't plan this exactly, but ideally we'll have a few minutes to get started, talk about history and get comfortable, and then move on to the feeding. Please try not to feed the baby a full feeding just before I arrive!)
Do you have to clean up your apartment? Oh my goodness, please don't bother!
If you think we may play with the breast pump, I suggest getting it out and cleaning the parts (great role for your partner)
Note: I will try to see you as soon as possible after you contact me, or will help you find someone else! Since so many people need near-immediate help, I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
Hey, is a home visit not possible for you? Consider my semi-private breastfeeding clinic. Capped at four moms, it's a great way to get the assessment of a private visit with a deep discount and the chance to connect with other moms.
What happens after we’re done?
Lots of moms want or need a few follow up visits as we sort out a good plan for you going forward. After that, you can subscribe to my email service for those small ongoing questions that come up for all of us.