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What to Expect at a Lactation Consultation
Whether you elect to see your lactation consultant for breastfeeding help at a Clinic or your home, you can expect your lactation consultant to offer a full breastfeeding assessment pertinent to your situation. This assessment might include evaluation the following:
Mother With Newborn Baby Talking With Health Visitor At Home
- Full health, lifestyle, pregnancy, and birth history as it pertains to lactation.
- Breast and nipple examination to assess structure and functionality, including glandular abnormalities, breast lumps, infections, engorgement, etc. (as needed)
- Identification of breast or nipple conditions that might affect breastfeeding, such as flat or inverted nipples, cracked nipples, blisters, scar tissue from piercings or surgery, etc.
- Milk assessment relative to your stage of lactation (colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk), including volume assessment and transfer to your baby.
- A complete oral examination to assess development, anatomy, and suckling ability.
- Diaper movement assessment.
- Feeding history and assessment.
- Weight checks, including pre- and post-feeding test weights (as necessary).
- A complete feeding assessment.
- Positioning counseling and guidance.
- You will receive a comprehensive care plan and supporting documentation specific to your breastfeeding concerns.
- You are welcome to contact us at any time to discuss how your care plan is working for you and for minor alterations to the plan.
- Some breastfeeding situations require multiple visits and additional consultations might be suggested.
- Documentation will be sent to your healthcare provider as needed.
- For home and community-based consults, you will receive a Lactation Visit Receipt (LVR) and supporting documents to file with your health insurance company for reimbursement.
- Participation in Breastfeeding Support Groups is highly recommended.
Your lactation consultant is a professional and a recognized member of your healthcare team, however, her approach is anything but clinical. During your consultation, you can expect a warm, relaxing approach to your breastfeeding situation. The goal is to normalize any breastfeeding issues and to help fit breastfeeding into your day-to-day life. Your lactation consultant will work with you and your baby (and your family) to develop a care plan for breastfeeding that is personalized and realistic for your situation.