Intl Board Certified Lactation Consultant
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. As an IBCLC, Lori Beth is knowledgeable and experienced, and has been trained to help any mother with breastfeeding their newborns and finding solutions when difficulties arise.
Did you know that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) you can get up to 6 lactation visits? Lori Beth is passionate about breastfeeding and supporting the nursing relationship between you and your baby. Most visits can be scheduled within 24-48 hours. She offers different types of lactation visits based on your individual situation.
When is a lactation visit indicated?
Lactation visits are recommended for the following situations:
- Latch on and/or positioning difficulties (PLEASE don’t try to force the baby to take your breast. Battles at the breast are not pleasant for the mother or the baby and often reinforce the baby’s refusal of the breast. If your baby will not latch, keep your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible, pump your breast if every 2-3 hours and feed the pumped milk to the baby, and GET HELP as soon as possible.)
- If baby has a low output of wets and stools. Expected output – Day 1 ( 1 wet, 1 poop), Day 2, 2-2, Day 3 is 3-3, then milk is in – 6-8 per day —–DAY 1-3 at least 2 stools (each larger than a tablespoon) and 2-3 wets; DAY 3-5 at least 3 stools (each larger than a tablespoon) and 3-5 wets; DAY 5 or older at least 2-4 stools (each larger than a tablespoon) and 6-8 wets per day
- If baby always falls asleep at breast and doesn’t keep up a continuous pattern of suck-swallow for 10-20 minute feeding each breast
- If your baby has lost more than 7% of his birth weight
- If your breastfed baby is unsettled and cries excessively
- If mother is anxious about breastfeeding or in need of reassurance
- With any sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples
- With engorgement or painful breast
- With low weight gain
- If you think that your supply is low or if you think you may need to use formula
- If feedings last longer than 1 hour
- If baby is excessively fussy or gassy
- If baby has thrush infection and mother’s nipples have become sore
- With any special circumstances, such as, premature baby, twins, anomalies, or maternal health concerns
- If you are considering re-lactation or adoptive nursing
Call Lori Beth to discuss these or any of your concerns.
Preparing for Your Lactation Visit
NOTE: NO PERFECT HOUSES ALLOWED!
- Don’t clean! Our focus is on mom and baby. We won’t be looking at the piles of laundry or dishes in the sink. Leave the tidying up for the in-laws and even then wait at least a month…..
- Dress For Comfort Not Style. PJs are totally ok! Just wear a top with easy access so you won’t have to worry about it getting in the way of your breastfeeding efforts.
- Tuck Your Pets Away. We love our pets, but due to allergy concerns, we do need a pet-free area during all consultations.
- Expect to Breastfeed. But don’t hold off a feeding if your baby is hungry before we arrive. They are usually always willing to eat again. It’s helpful if you can text us when you expect the baby to feed next, and we may be able to adjust our schedule around the feeding!
- Pick a location. Decide where you will be most comfortable breastfeeding…couch, recliner, bed…and have pillows, burp cloth, receiving blanket and a bottle of water within reach.
- Write Down Your Questions. Don’t try to remember them…your new mom brain won’t let you. Take a couple of minutes the day of the consult to make a list of questions and concerns you may have. We won’t leave until we know that you have had all of your questions addressed.
- Plan payment. Feel free to ask ahead of time the specifics about fees and payment methods so it’s not a source of worry and surprise for you at the conclusion of the visit. You may also want to contact your insurance company to see if any of our services are reimbursable to you or can be applied to a flex spending account.
- Get Your Pump Out. If you are using a pump at the time of the consult, have it available for us to look at so we can make sure the fit is good for you and provide you tips for getting the most out of your pumping sessions.
- Talk With Your Support Person. And ask them if they might be available to listen in on the consult and watch techniques. Having another set of eyes and ears present ensures that when we leave you will feel confident in their ability to give you gentle reminders of the techniques and tips you learned during the consult
Please call Lori Beth today to learn more about what to expect at your lactation visit.
Fortunately, in the last few years there has been an explosion of resources for the nursing mom. With 77% of moms trying to breastfeed, it seems that everyone is getting on the bandwagon!
Lori Beth recommends the following products:
- Breast Friend Pillow
- More Milk Plus Capsules – by MotherLove
Please note: No information you find on the Internet is a substitute for a consultation with an IBCLC.