SNOHOMISH VALLEY BREASTFEEDING
I offer professional in-home breastfeeding assistance emphasizing a unique holistic approach. I provide compassionate support to ease the transition to new parenthood through education about the normal course of human infant feeding and newborn care.
My goal is to provide support to help mothers continue breastfeeding as long as they and their babies desire and to feel confident in breastfeeding their infants anytime, anywhere. I am committed to helping mothers succeed in their breastfeeding goals,
whatever they may be.
Initial Visits generally take 1.5 hours
Follow Up Visits are generally 1 hour
I am VERY thorough! Here are a few of things that will take place during your appointment.
I will be looking at mom's and baby's medical history as it pertains to lactation and breastfeeding. I will also ask about pregnancy and labor and delivery history.
I examine mom's breasts if necessary. A full physical exam of the baby including an oral anatomy exam with assessment of oral function is completed. As a result of these exams, I determine if any exercises or therapies might benefit the baby and instruct on those, as needed.
In addition, I delve into the family history around oral motor function (speech issues/snoring/orthodontia work/etc...the apples don't fall far from the trees with feeding challenges). If needed, I will also teach correct use of the most appropriate pump for the mom and make recommendations for a pumping plan, if that is warranted.
Last but not least, I observe a feeding, making adjustments/suggestions as needed to improve latch and positioning and addressing any concerns mom might have about pain, milk transfer or other issues. I use a scale that is accurate within 2g so that I can calculate pre and post feed weights as part of my assessment.
I will make necessary referrals to any other specialists if necessary to improve the baby's feeding skills. I keep a very short list of the top providers in my area that provide the best care for my patients.
At the end of your appointment you will have a customized breastfeeding plan that is tailored to your specific needs. When appropriate I will communicate my findings to the necessary health care providers who are on your care team including the pediatrician, midwife/OB, and specialists.
Which visit is best for you?
A Home Visit is easy peasy....you can stay in your jammies :) There is an additional travel fee that insurance will not cover ($30-50 depending on your location).
An Office Visit is great if you are ready to get out with your baby OR if you have other children at home who may interrupt you too often (we certainly don't mind watching moms mothering their other little ones but have found that often moms who do have other children sometimes prefer to come into the office for some alone time!).
And in many instances, moms will choose to do the first visit at home and then are more ready to get out and about if/when future visits are needed. .
Telehealth is also a great option, for mamas not ready to get out of the house. To get the best results, it is helpful if 2 adults are present during the visit. The second person will act as photographer/videographer so that the consultant can clearly see latch, positioning, baby's oral anatomy, etc.
INITIAL LACTATION CONSULTATION
$260 single / $310 twins
This initial consultation, usually about 1.5-2 hours in length, includes observation and assessment of how your baby feeds at the breast, as well as a gentle examination of you and your baby. I allow plenty of time for you to share your story, as well as all questions, concerns and insights you have pertaining to any challenges you are facing. At the end of our consultation, together we will create a care plan that is feasible and workable for you and your family. To encourage close communication I offer two complimentary 15 minute phone consultations with each initial visit.
I can address a variety of concerns including but not limited to: latch and positioning, plugged milk ducts, sore and/or damaged nipples, low milk supply, pumping, over supply, mastitis, breast tenderness, supplementation needs and tongue tie and/or lip tie.
FOLLOW-UP LACTATION CONSULTATION
$200 single / $250 twins
While some breastfeeding challenges may be addressed in only one initial visit, some challenges may require additional meetings. Follow up consultations are generally 1 hour in length, during which time I will assess your progress and make adjustments to your care plan as needed. To encourage close communication I offer two complimentary 15 minute phone consultations with each follow up visit.
I am available to meet with families during pregnancy to discuss any questions or concerns that you have about breastfeeding.This visit includes a breast assessment, evaluation of any breastfeeding issues you may have had with a prior child, breast/nipple surgeries, flat or inverted nipples, health issues, hormonal concerns such as insulin dependent diabetes, history of PCOS and infertility, multiples pregnancy (twins, etc.) or other concerns that may affect breastfeeding. In addition, a plan of care is provided. Prenatal consults are generally 1 hour in length.
RETURN TO WORK CONSULTATION
The return to work consult is specific for mothers that work outside of the home. I will assist you in preparing for your return which may include setting up and using your breast pump, discussion of appropriate bottles and best positions to alternatively feed your baby, milk storage, timing of pumping sessions, discussing pumping requirements with your employer and options for private pumping locations. (This visit does not cover breastfeeding assessment and assistance).
A virtual consultation in a great option for anyone who has general breastfeeding questions or concerns but due to distance or time is unable to see me in person. I can address positioning/latch, pumping scheduling and troubleshooting, low milk supply concerns, engorgement and much more.
A virtual consultation can also be used as a starting point to determine if a more detailed in-person consultation is necessary.
MINI VIRTUAL CONSULTATION
A 20 minute video consultation that allows us to chat about your concerns and determine the best course of action. This is a great option if you have basic questions regarding latch, positioning or pumping. If you have more in-depth clinical concerns including tongue-tie, infant weight gain or milk production this will require a full consultation. This would include a full review of both you and your baby's health history and a personalized care plan. I would also send your health care provider my chart notes and provide you with a superbill for insurance reimbursement. This is not included with the mini consult.
LACTATION CONSULTATION AT ORIGINS NATURAL HEALTH AND MIDWIFERY
119 Cedar Ave. Snohomish
I have clinic lacation appointments available at Origins Natural Health and Midwifery in Snohomish, WA. This is a wonderful option for those clients who prefer a clinic location over an in-home visit. This option also allows for direct insurance billing rather than private payment. If you would like to schedule please contact Origins Natural Health directly at 360.863.3223
SERVICE AREA AND HOURS
I offer in-home consultations in Snohomish County and East King County.
I do charge a travel fee for locations in South Snohomish County and locations on the Eastside that are south of Kirkland.
Travel fees range from $30-$50.
Appointments in the clinic are available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. To schedule an appointment at Origins Natural Health please call 360.863.3223.
Mon - Fri: 1pm - 6pm