Preparing for your Lactation Consultation
A newborn breastfeeding consultation usually lasts about two hours—and the time flies! Below are some ways you can get the most out of your visit.
- Print out and complete forms – If you are able, completing the brief intake forms prior to the visit will allow us more time to focus on your breastfeeding issues. I also bring a copy with me just in case. Click here for forms.
- Include your partner or support person – Having your primary support person at the visit is great: partner, baby’s dad, grandma or trusted friend. This person can provide additional information about baby’s feeding and behavior, and will learn how to continue to support you and baby after the consult is over.
- Feed the baby – the consult is most valuable if baby has eaten about 1.5 hours before our visit. After feeding hold your baby skin-to-skin to keep him comfortable. It isn’t necessary to avoid feeding so baby is extra hungry for the visit. Care for his needs as you normally do.
- Write down your primary concern and any questions you have. We will focus on your main concern and answer all of your questions that pertain to it. We will address as many other less urgent questions as we have time. Sometimes parents have information overload. I am available by phone and email after the visit for follow-up questions too.
- If you are supplementing have pumped milk/ formula available so I can see how baby is feeding now.
- If you are using a nipple shield, or other breastfeeding tools have them available so I can see how they are affecting breastfeeding.
- Wear comfortable clothes that do not get in the way of breastfeeding. Dress baby in easy to remove clothes. Have blankets available to wrap him and you if needed.
- Don’t worry about cleaning your house or offering me anything. I am coming to help you and serving me is so kind, but not necessary. It is my turn to serve you.
I look forward to meeting you and your family. If you have any questions prior to our appointment call me at (206) 920-3084