I refer to ‘baby’ throughout, however, it all equally applies to twins/triplets.
Consultation After Your Baby Is Born
Your partner or anyone else who is helping you, are welcome to attend the consultation.
We will talk about how feeding is going, and I will take a full history including your health and any issues baby has had.
Early days and weeks
When your baby is ready to breastfeed, we can explore different positions finding what works for you and your baby. I can help you recognise when your baby is drinking effectively. I can show you how to use breast compression and switch nursing if appropriate. We may explore the use of breastfeeding aids such as an at breast nursing supplementer or nipple shields.
In addition, I can do an oral assessment and identify if there is any tongue restriction which may be impacting on the way your baby feeds. I do not carry out tongue tie divisions however I can discuss this with you and make suggestions for further evaluation.
Maybe your baby isn’t able to take all the milk he needs at the breast. We will look at different ways of feeding extra milk, maybe by cup, spoon, bottle or nursing supplementer.
I can guide you to find quick, effective ways to express your milk to build your supply so that your baby can have as much of your milk as possible.
Understanding your baby’s behaviour and feeding cues will enable you to adjust to life as a breastfeeding mother and build your confidence. If your baby seems fussy we can talk about possible reasons for this, in addition, I can share tips and ideas to help.
Maybe you have concerns about mastitis or blocked ducts, we can discuss strategies to help and prevent them recurring. If your nipples are sore, I can help you with information about nipple healing.
We will talk through next steps, giving you the opportunity to make informed decisions, considering your goals and time commitments. Any plan needs to ensure you can get some sleep and enjoy time with your baby too.
Questions at any stage of your breastfeeding journey
Thinking about returning to work, starting solid food, breastfeeding a baby with allergies, reducing breastfeeds or stopping breastfeeding I can help.
After a consultation
I can give you a written summary of what we have discussed and your plan. As part of the ongoing support, we can continue to discuss how things are going and keep everything under review.
I can include a brief report of our consultation in baby’s Red Book for your midwife/health visitor/GP.
When you book your consultation, I will send you an email or text confirming everything and with some information ahead of the consultation.
I offer two weeks free follow up support by email/text/telephone. Some mothers may feel a second consultation would be helpful.
Home Visit Before Your Baby Is Born
An antenatal consultation usually takes around 90 minutes. It can be very helpful to have your partner or support person there too.
We will talk over anything you want to discuss and what is important to you. I can answer questions you have and give you information about how to get breastfeeding off to a good start, along with some simple early days troubleshooting tips. I will leave you with a personalised folder of information sheets you can refer to.
If you have had a previous difficult experience of breastfeeding, we will look at what happened and try to understand why.
Depending on your circumstances, we might discuss writing a feeding plan to include in your birth plan. I can help you write this. Your feeding plan can be shared with health professionals caring for you and help you feel prepared for any eventuality. I will follow up with an email with a summary of what we talked about and links for further reading.
How much do consultations cost?
Home Visits £100 I cover Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and Rutland.
Price includes two weeks phone or email follow up support.
Follow-up home visits £60.
Consultations in my home £55 I offer one to one consultations at my house, Boughton, Northampton NN2 8RS on Friday afternoons. This means I can keep my time and travel costs to a minimum. I hope this makes a consultation with an IBCLC Lactation Consultant more affordable to families who would benefit from this service.
Payments by bank transfer, cash or cheque at the time of the consultation.