Frequently Asked Questions about Services
Why would I see a lactation consultant?
Lactation Consultants are trained experts in the clinical management of breastfeeding. You can trust that the information they provide is the most up-to-date, evidenced-based practice for breastfeeding care. Whether it is a simple breastfeeding question or more complex problem, lactation consultants are here to help you in your unique situation as no two babies or mothers are alike!
What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)? Are all of your lactation consultants IBCLCs?
Yes, all of our lactation consultants are current IBCLCs—International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The IBCLC credential is the gold-standard in breastfeeding care. Each consultant has had thorough lactation education, completed a lactation-specific clinical internship and passed a board examination. In addition, they must recertify every 5 years and retest every 10 years, so you can be confident their education and expertise is always up-to-date.
Is my lactation consult private and secure?
Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. Parenting From the Heart is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a lactation consultant online.
What is online lactation counseling?
With the Parenting From the Heart web you can see a lactation consultant face-to-face to address common issues associated with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant can provide help on a number of issues such as latching, breast pain due to feeding issues, questions about milk supply, pumping or going back to work or school as well as many more.
How many consultations will I need?
Most mothers, on average, will need 1-3 consultations to answer their questions and resolve breastfeeding challenges or issues.
How long is a visit and what can I expect during my appointment?
Our initial visits are $125 and last 50 minutes, all follow up visits are only $75 and typically last for about 25 minutes. At the first appointment, a lactation consultant will review the health history for you and your baby to get a holistic understanding of the questions and issues you are having. We also like to perform a feeding assessment to help identify any problems and work with you to troubleshoot solutions. Finally, we come up with an individualized breastfeeding care plan that will be made accessible to you via your patient profile. The breastfeeding plan will review any topics discussed or instructions given at your appointment. We will also include any patient educational materials that might be beneficial to your unique situation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breastfeeding
Why should I breastfeed?
Breastfeeding is normal and healthy for infants and moms. Breastmilk has hormones and disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs and illness. This protection is unique and changes to meet your baby’s needs. Some reasons to breastfeed are:
• Breastfeeding offers essential nutrients and a nutritionally balanced meal
• Breastmilk is easy to digest.
• Breastmilk fights disease
How long should I breastfeed?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months, and for as long as both the mother and baby would like. Most infants should drink only breastmilk for the first six months. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
Does my baby need cereal or water?
Until your baby is 6 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your baby breastmilk only. Giving your baby cereal may cause your baby to not want as much breastmilk. This will decrease your milk supply. You can slowly introduce other foods starting around 6 months of age.
Does my baby need more vitamin D?
Most likely, yes. Vitamin D is needed to build strong bones. All infants and children should get at least 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin D each day. To meet this need, your child’s doctor may recommend that you give your baby a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU each day.
Is it okay for my baby to use a pacifier?
If you want to try it, it is best to wait until your baby is at least 3 or 4 weeks old to introduce a pacifier. This allows your baby time to learn how to latch well on the breast and get enough milk. Once your baby is breastfeeding well, you should use the pacifier when putting your infant to bed to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Can I take medicines if I am breastfeeding?
Most likely. Almost all medicines pass into your milk in small amounts. Some have no effect on the baby and can be used while breastfeeding. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist about medicines you are using and ask before you start using new medicines. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements. For some women, stopping a medicine can be more dangerous than the effects it will have on the breastfed baby.
Do I still need birth control if I am breastfeeding?
Yes. Breastfeeding is not a sure way to prevent pregnancy, even though it can delay the return of normal ovulation and menstrual cycles. Talk to your doctor or nurse about birth control choices that are okay to use while breastfeeding.
Does my breastfed baby need vaccines?
Yes. Vaccines are very important to your baby’s health. Breastfeeding may also help your baby respond better to certain immunizations, giving him or her more protection. Follow the schedule your doctor gives you. If you miss any vaccines, check with the doctor about getting your baby back on track as soon as possible.