Lactation Consulting Services in Whatcom County
I am a maternal/child home health care nurse with more than 30 years experience helping new moms and babies — and the wonderful dads and others that support them — get off to a healthy start. In 1998 I became an internationally certified lactation consultant and have worked with new families in both the hospital and clinic settings — and visited hundreds in their homes — providing personal, practical support to help them get off on the right foot.
I love my work. I truly believe breasts are best and the investment you make in breastfeeding is one of the most important gifts you can provide your baby. I provide gentle, supportive, breastfeeding help in a family-centered environment as I work with you, your baby, your supporting cast and healthcare providers.
An In-Home Visit Includes
Each visit includes a detailed history of mom and baby, an assessment of maternal/infant anatomy, and an observation of a feeding for evaluation of technique and effectiveness of feeding. All clients are provided with a written and/or verbal care path to improve breastfeeding concerns. Each consult generally lasts about 90 minutes (some will go longer, some can be shorter depending on your needs).
While one visit (with a follow-up contact) is often all that is required, additional in-home follow-up visits are sometimes necessary to successfully resolve some breastfeeding problems and are billed separately, Currently I only serve clients in Whatcom County.
I will happily provide a report to your healthcare provider, as required or requested.
My Specialties Include
Sucking difficulties that interfere with breastfeeding (e.g. tongue-tied)
Prevention and management of engorgement and sore nipples
Positioning and latching problems
Establishing and increasing milk supply
Monitoring and encouraging infant weight gain
Working with twins (multiples)
Prenatal breastfeeding assessment and counseling
Creating a feeding plan for returning to work
Support for Mom’s emotional/physical needs (I've been there!)
Support for adoptive moms
Providing general maternal/child medical information, as required
I charge $185 for an initial consultation, which includes all travel charges to your home in Whatcom County and a follow-up telephone call. (Follow-up visits are $175.) I accept cash, check or credit card at the time of our consultation.
To keep my costs low (and to keep things simple), like most home-based lactation consultants I do not direct-bill insurance companies. Instead, I provide you with a detailed "super-bill," which is in the format insurance companies require, that is ready to be submitted directly to them for reimbursement.
The Affordable Care Act now requires all but a few older medical insurance plans to fully cover — without a copay or co-insurance — lactation support services for as long as you choose to breastfeed. Much more information is available here.
Unfortunately, at this time I am not contracted to provide services to Medicaid clients, which falls outside the Affordable Care Act.
Availability for Home Visit Lactation Consultation
Self-referrals are accepted.
Weekend visits are available.
To request a home consult, please call me at (360) 474-7092 or use my online scheduler, below.