A home consultation is very convenient for moms who have just had a baby. Mothers are more comfortable breastfeeding in their home and babies tend to respond better to the quiet atmosphere. The purpose of a home visit is to reassure mothers and help them achieve their breastfeeding goals.
How do I know if I need a home visit?
If breastfeeding is painful, milk supply is a concern, infant weight gain is not optimal, feedings are long, or baby is inconsolable, the assistance of a lactation consultant can provide insightful information. In addition, if you are feeling unsure of yourself or have received mixed advice regarding breastfeeding, the lactation consultant can provide you with evidence based information.
What happens at a Home Visit?
A home visit generally lasts 1-2 hours. During this time a physical assessment of the mother and baby will be taken as it relates to breastfeeding. Typically, a full feeding will be observed. Attention will be paid to the baby's positioning and latch as well as to the mother's overall comfort. The baby will be weighed on a digital scale, before and after the feeding, as a tool to assist in determining how breastfeeding is going. After making careful notes and observations, a plan will be made that is specific to the needs of the mother and baby. Upon completion of the visit you will receive a form to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement. If needed, follow-ups can be done by appointment, phone, email or at support groups.