Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I already know I want to breastfeed my baby. It's natural, why would I need to hire a lactation consultant?
A: While breastfeeding is natural, it is not always simple. Many things can hinder a mother's breastfeeding plan. As an IBCLC I can assess and evaluate the mother, baby, latch and feeding to understand the effectiveness of the feedings, and help you to recognize and solve any problems. Having a lactation professional visit at least once (and early!) can set you up for success and follow up visits are available for problems that need continued assistance.
Q: Why should I hire someone to provide postpartum and infant care?
A: Following childbirth, it is important for the mother to prioritize her rest. There is so much going on around her, and many changes taking place. Being well taken care of in the weeks following birth promotes better mental health and has been shown to improve breastfeeding outcomes.
Q: My family wants me to rest after I have my baby, and they want to help with feedings. I plan to feed formula for the first few days and then I'll start breastfeeding. Can I hire you later in my postpartum?
A: I can be available to assist you ANYWHERE in your breastfeeding journey. However, when making a decision that postpones breastfeeding I encourage mothers to gain a solid education on how lactation works to ensure that they are making an informed decision. The first few days following childbirth are when your body best "programs" itself for the job ahead. It may require increased efforts to establish an appropriate milk supply when breastfeeding is delayed.
Q:Do I need to hire an RN for my postpartum and infant care?
A: Some families are more comfortable with the security of hiring an RN, and others may have a need or desire for a higher level of care. Many families may find that they prefer the care provided by an RN for the earliest days and weeks after birth and then transition to care by a doula or NCS for longer term contracts. I also offer non-medical support as a postpartum & infant care.
Q: I'm early in my pregnancy, is it too early to book?
A: Absolutely not! It's never a bad idea to be prepared and educated about your choices! I offer special rates for advance booking for some services.
Q: How does advance booking work?
A: With a 50% deposit you can reserve a service window in the weeks surrounding your guess date.
Q: I have a very limited budget but I know I need support. What do I do now?
A: Let's connect! Send me a message so I can learn about your specific situation and needs. We may be able to set up a payment plan or customize care in a way that works for everyone!
Q: Do I have to have a homebirth to hire someone to provide postpartum care at my home?
A: Definitely not! I am honored to serve families regardless of where or how they have birthed!
Q: I don't plan to breastfeed. Can I still hire you?
A: Yes! While I am very passionate about lactation, my goal is to serve mothers according to their OWN needs. I want to help you meet YOUR goals!
Q: I want to exclusively breastfeed. Do I need night care if I will be the one feeding my baby?
A: Many mothers find night-time care extremely helpful while exclusively breastfeeding. I can bring baby to you in bed and even latch the baby for you! Once feeding is finished, I can assist baby back to sleep while you enjoy a better nights rest.
Q: In the current pandemic it safe to have someone visit my home?
A: I believe in transparency on both the part of the provider and the client to report any SS&S (signs symptoms or suspicions) regarding illness. I will disclose any to you and I expect my clients to disclose them to me so we can both make the best decisions for our health and our family. I carry appropriate PPE for myself and encourage clients to wear masks if they have any SS&S. Should a client require a COVID test for me to enter their home, the cost of the test will be included in their invoice (estimated at $150).
Q: Have you been vaccinated?
A: I am current on my TDaP and Flu vaccines and have completed the COVID vaccine series.