Preparing For Your Lactation Appointment
What to expect
Initial appointments are about 2.5 hours long. Your lactation consultant will take a full breastfeeding history, perform a breast exam and will assess baby from head to toe, including an oral exam. On most occasions, we’ll weigh the baby as well. To be most helpful, we’ll typically need to observe a feeding during your appointment. Feed your baby about an hour before your visit (you can give baby a small “snack” if s/he gets hungry less than an hour before we arrive). Baby shouldn’t be starving when we get there, but should be willing to eat by about halfway into your appointment. That will give us some time to chat and get to know each other before you have to whip out the breast :).
To utilize your appointment time most efficiently, please complete your intake paperwork before your appointment. You can also let us know on the form if there’s anything specific we need to know about you to make our time together more comfortable.
Partners and other support people are totally welcome to be present at the visit, if you want them to be. We recommend only inviting those who can help us maintain a calm, judgment-free feeding environment for you.
Please don’t feel pressure to scrub the whole house down or get dressed up before we come! We understand dishes and laundry can fall behind when there’s a new baby and we don’t mind a little mess (or third-day-in-a-row yoga pants).
Having a new baby in the house often makes pets more protective or excitable. If you think your fur-baby may be uncomfortable with a new person visiting and handling the baby, jumps up when meeting new friends, or might otherwise distract us during our consult, please arrange to keep him or her secure in their own special area during our visit.
Other things to have prepared:
If you are having issues with baby refusing the breast, it can be helpful to spend 15 minutes skin to skin with your baby just before your appointment.
A list of any questions you have for your lactation consultant. We’ll address as many as we can, time provided.
Please have your insurance card handy if you wish to have us bill your insurance and did not upload pictures to the intake form.
If you have concerns about baby’s weight gain, try to have some expressed/pumped milk or formula on hand.
If you’d like help with your pump, please have that out and together with your pump supplies.
If you have any other questions before your visit, feel free to ask!