What to expect when you see a Lactation Consultant
By Phyllis Kombol, RNC, MSN, IBCLC; Judith Lauwers, BA, IBCLC; Patricia Berg-Drazin, IBCLC
What will happens in a home visit?
Your first visit may take up to 90 minutes. The lactation consultant will ask your name, address, phone number, and your baby’s date of birth. They will need the names of your doctor, your baby’s doctor, and your health insurance provider. They may ask permission to contact your insurance company. You will sign a privacy practices notice. The lactation consultant will tell you what the visit will cost and how you can pay. They will then ask you some questions for the “history” so they can help you in the best way.
The lactation consultant may ask you about:
* Your health and your baby’s health.
* Your family’s history.
* Your pregnancy and birth.
* Your baby’s birth weight and any other weights.
* How your baby has been breast/chestfeeding.
* How many wet and soiled diapers your baby has each day and what they look like.
* What worries or questions you have.
During the visit, the lactation consultant will probably:
* Check how your baby looks and acts.
* Check your breasts and nipples.
* Watch your baby breast/chestfeed and offer help with positioning if you need it.
* Show you how to tell when your baby is latched and feeding well.
* Give help with any breastfeeding problems you are having.
* Email you a Care Plan to follow after they leave.
* Tell you how to contact them for more help, with questions or to alter the Care Plan.
* Give you information about more support in your area.
The lactation consultant may also:
* Put a finger in your baby’s mouth to check your baby’s suck and mouth structures.
* Check your baby’s weight naked to get an accurate weight.
* Weigh your baby before and after feeding to measure how much your baby ate.
CALL BACK the lactation consultant if:
...a problem does not seem to get better.
...a different problem comes up.
...you find you can’t do the Care Plan you decided on.
...you have questions.