At one of the most tender times of your life, you probably want to feel accepted and heard when working with a lactation specialist. I offer gentle support through careful and thorough listening about what matters to you. I draw on a whole variety of approaches I've integrated over the 17-plus years I've been working in lactation. Your preferences and needs guide the choices we make together.
I've often thought about why I do what I do. After all, I made a very conscious choice to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (an "IBCLC") — it's not the kind of profession you just fall into! What's really, really important to me is supporting mothers and babies kindly and sensitively to help them both feel better.
When I was breastfeeding and looking for help, I was frustrated and upset to find judgment. The message I heard was that there was only one right way to do things. I felt like a failure and a bad mother. No one wants to feel this way, especially as an exhausted and vulnerable new mother. Respect, acceptance and empathy for every mama I work with is a given. I can honestly say that I have never met a mother who wasn't working hard at doing the absolute best she could.
Consultations with me are individualized and tailored to your unique needs and goals. My goal is to build your confidence and work with your goals so that you are successful, whatever success means for you. We will work together using solutions and strategies that feel feasible to you. I don't have an agenda to push on you, and I will support you 100% in your choices.
I help mothers with such issues as:
During the initial consultation, I will ask you about your breastfeeding goals. I will take a detailed history of your own health and of your baby’s and will invite you to feed your baby so I can observe the issue(s) you are facing. All of this is to uncover the causes of your/your baby’s current issue(s).
Using this information and keeping your goals in mind, I will create a detailed care plan with suggested effective strategies you can use going forward. I'll ask you for your feedback to make sure you think this plan meets your goals and feels feasible to you. With your OK, I will send a report to your baby’s pediatrician and other health professionals you consult. Finally, I will encourage you to stay in touch with me (by text, phone, email) until you feel good about how things are going.
Initial consultations are approximately 1.5 hours. Follow-up consultations are 1 to 1.5 hours and allow us to assess you and your baby’s progress, discuss any questions or concerns, and to adjust the care plan as needed.