Long Island Breastfeeding provides individualized consultations from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in your home, at our office, or at your office. We strive to make this an intimate meeting where all of your questions and concerns can be put to rest.
The Anatomy of a Lactation Consultation
A home or office visit with a lactation consultant typically last 1.5-2 hours but can vary depending upon your specific needs. Our professionals won’t leave until everyone is comfortable!
A full medical history will be taken, starting before pregnancy up until birth and beyond. Our top priorities are to get mom comfortable and to get baby fed; a majority of the consult will be used to address the current issues. We will, however, be able to address future concerns if time allows.
Common issues that International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) address while providing lactation consultations:
(including but not limited to)
- how to avoid painful nursing or pumping, or how to treat existing pain
- how to get baby to breast…properly. Latch is everything!
- supply: how to know if baby is getting enough; ways to increase or decrease supply, avoiding things that can contribute to less-than-ideal supply; weight-checks
- working with babies who do not want to be put down, who cluster feed, or who seem to “feed all day”
- tongue-tie assessment
- educating parents about normal newborn behavior including normal diaper output and normal growth
- safe sleep habits for baby and maximum sleep for mom/dad
- troubleshooting difficulties that began in the hospital or in the days following baby’s birth
- breastfeeding under extenuating circumstances: physical or medical limitations; traumatic birth; emergency c-section; mom/baby separation (NICU); nursing a special needs baby, multiples, colic babies; or moms who need to breastfeed while on medication
- treatment and prevention of plugged ducts, mastitis, and thrush
- when to pump and why; heading back to work/school; and how to properly store milk
- helping moms who need or choose to supplement with donor milk/formula
- breastfeeding in public; breastfeeding and the law
- breastfeeding and lifestyle; alcohol consumption and diet
- how breastfeeding can change the family dynamic for the better; getting your significant other and older children involved
- proper use of breastfeeding accessories: nipple shields, breast pads, pumps, and more
- providing moms with the best local and national resources
IBCLCs are extensively trained to know when a certain situation needs a collaborative effort. We will often ask to work with your doctor or other medical professional(s) to give you several angles of support, in a professionally cohesive manner.
- Once the consult has ended, our relationship with you continues. We are available via email and phone to answer simple questions you have-whether it has been 6 weeks or 6 months since we’ve last seen you.
- *Additional in-person visits and/or complex questions/concerns may have an additional fee.*
YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP
Long Island Breastfeeding provides a wide range of professional services including Lactation Services, Pregnancy Support, Labor Support, Postpartum Support, Placenta Services, as well as Legal and Expert Witness Services. For more information about a particular service that you are interested in, please click the corresponding link at the top of this page.
Our professionals provide prenatal and postpartum consultations to both new parents and experienced ones. Long Island Breastfeeding’s professionals work on a flexible schedule, seeing patients every-day between 8AM-8PM. Appointments can be scheduled at a provider’s home office, at the patient’s home or office, or at another mutually convenient location.
WHY IS THERE SUCH HIGH-DEMAND TO WORK WITH A LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING PROFESSIONAL?
Because Long Island Breastfeeding does not believe in ‘one-size fits all’ care and everything we do is evidence-based and individualized, our clients feel they have every tool available to them (which they do!) combined with the highest level of support and the least amount of judgment.
Our approach considers your specific situation and resources, and combines that with evidence-based care. We then incorporate YOUR family’s particular needs and wants, ultimately meeting YOUR definition of success.
BREASTFEEDING HELP DURING PREGNANCY?!
YES! Even though breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy! Hospitals and pediatricians are not always certified in lactation; many mothers are surprised to learn that their doctors, while supportive of breastfeeding, do not know how to be supportive of Breastfeeding Management. Taking a breastfeeding course while pregnant, and aligning your support system, before baby arrives can make all the difference!
WHEN SHOULD I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
It depends on the service, but the sooner the better! Long Island Breastfeeding sees women at any gestation or any time after delivery.