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.
Private In-home Breastfeeding Support
Snohomish Valley Breastfeeding is an in-network provider with Aetna insurance and we will submit claims directly on your behalf.
For out-of-network clients, payment is due at the time of booking. Snohomish Valley Breastfeeding accepts payment by all major credit cards. Many of our clients pay for consultations with a Health Saving Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) credit card. If you have a HSA/FSA, lactation consultations should be considered a qualified medical expense.
If you need to make other payment arrangements—including payment by cash or check—please connect with us to discuss options.
For all insurance plans (with the exception of Aetna), Snohomish Valley Breastfeeding is considered an “out-of-network” provider. “Out-of-network” providers are not typically fully covered by your health plan and you are often responsible for greater cost-sharing or even the entire cost of the visit. You can contact your insurance company to verify your benefit coverage and cost-sharing for an out-of-network lactation consultant. If your insurance company and policy are required to follow the ACA guidelines and they don’t have any lactation consultants in-network, they generally must cover services from an out-of-network provider without cost-sharing. This is sometimes referred to as “gap coverage.” Some insurance policies require a licensed provider, such as an RN-IBCLC. If that is the case, please let us know and we can direct you to schedule with an appropriate provider.
Snohomish Valley Breastfeeding provides all out-of-network clients with a “superbill” or detailed receipt which you may submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement depending on your policy. This will be sent to you within one week of your consultation.
For more information, the National Women’s Law Center has a very helpful toolkit and a Sample Letter for Lactation Consultant Coverage that can be downloaded and used to support your efforts for coverage.
I believe all mothers, regardless of income, should have access to quality lactation care. Feel free to contact me if you need to discuss alternative payment options (I can arrange payment plans for families in need) or would like information on other sources of community-based support.
INITIAL LACTATION CONSULTATION
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
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.
EXTENDED PHONE CONSULTATION
I recognize in some situations families can benefit from additional phone support, beyond the two 15 minute phone consultations included with each initial and follow up visit. Because in-person support is necessary for most lactation challenges, phone consultations are intended for established clients only.
For calls beyond 30 minutes, I charge $5 for each additional 15 minute increment.
Travel Fee and Holiday Fee - $30-50
My travel area includes Snohomish County and NE King County. Consultations in Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah and North Bend will have a $30 travel fee.
Consultations scheduled on a federal holiday or associated weekend will have an additional $50 fee.
SERVICE AREA AND HOURS
Including but not limited to: Snohomish, Monroe, Everett, Marysville, Arlington, Stanwood, Camano Island, Lynnwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Woodinville, Duvall, Carnation, Redmond and Kirkland. A travel fee of $30 will be charged for appointments in Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend.
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm