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 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 parent's overall comfort. Baby will be weighed on a digital scale, before and after the feeding, as a tool to evaluate weight gain and 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 breastfeeding dyad. Upon completion of the visit you will receive a form to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.