Many women find that a prenatal consultation helps to prevent breastfeeding problems from occurring or that occurred with a previous baby. This consultation runs from 1 to 1.5 hours. Expectant mothers bring in a list of questions to cover during the consultation. The Lactation Consultant additionally covers preparation for breastfeeding, positioning and latch-on technique, problem prevention, normal breastfeeding and common breastfeeding problem resolution.
Initial Problem-Solving Consultation
This 2-2.5 hour initial consultation allows the Lactation Consultant to thoroughly cover the general health history of both mother and baby, the history of the breastfeeding problem, the mother’s breastfeeding goals and to examine both mother and baby. This thorough history-taking and examination allows the Lactation Consultant to make a lactation diagnosis and develop a proper care plan to resolve the breastfeeding problem. If lactation therapy is indicated, it will be initiated during this first consultation.
Follow up visits are essential to continue the lactation therapy initiated during the initial visit. The Lactation Consultant evaluates the care plan, makes revisions as needed and continues lactation therapy as needed during each visit. The number of follow-up visits depends on the nature and severity of the presenting lactation problem. The Lactation Consultant discusses the course of lactation therapy at the initial visit and makes adjustments to this course depending on the level of resolution that occurs between visits. At the ABREAST center for breastfeeding, we provide continuous support until the mother’s breastfeeding goals have been achieved.
Because of high demand for Dr. Hazelbaker’s services, she is currently unable to do home visits.
Breastfeeding Classes: 2 hours, $60, please call 614-326-3504 to enroll.
Alyssa Ryan, an IBCLC intern, teaches this two hour breastfeeding basics class. The class covers the mechanics of breastfeeding, positioning and latch-on technique, early problem prevention and common problem resolution. Alyssa limits class size to six couples for optimal personal interaction and support. In this day of internet information, in-person classes can seem unnecessary, but an in-person class allows discussion and interaction with peers, question and answer with a lactation expert and real-time help with proper breastfeeding technique.