What to Bring to Your Lactation Appointment
Breastfeeding is a skill that new moms and babies learn together. Booking a lactation appointment will help answer questions and address challenges. Our certified lactation consultants will help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
Preparing for your appointment:
- Bring yourself and your baby!
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- It's best if your baby is neither starving nor stuffed. Arrange the earlier feedings so that baby is likely to be hungry soon after you arrive.
- Your partner, mom, sister and/or friend are welcome, as they typically will remember information.
- If you have difficulty making the milk your baby needs, bring milk you've pumped or whatever else you are feeding the baby and necessary supplies.
- If you have difficulty pumping, are planning to pump, or if it's uncomfortable, bring your breast pump and kit. If it's a hospital-grade pump, only bring the kit (accessories); we have Medela and Ameda hospital-grade pumps.
- Relax. And give yourself a pat on the back for seeking assistance. Our goal is to leave you with a plan and feel empowered and more confident to take charge of your breastfeeding journey.
- Expect the visit to last 60 to 75 minutes. A lactation consultation with your permission generally includes weighing your baby, observing a feeding, taking your health history, examining the baby's mouth and, if necessary, your breasts. Also, we work together to problem solve, try out strategies we decide may be helpful, and practice those techniques.
- Verbal instructions will be provided during the visit, and written instructions will be emailed within 24 hours of the consultation.
Follow-up visits are available. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if your visit is covered. A referral may be required.