The Anatomy of a Lactation Consultation 

  • Home or office visits 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 IBCLC’s address while providing Lactation Services:

(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 supply, 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: normal diaper output, 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 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

IBCLC’s are extensively trained to know when something 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.*

Pregnancy Support 

Long Island Breastfeeding provides private breastfeeding classes to expecting moms and their support person(s). We can arrange the class according to your specific needs, goals, and circumstances. In our private class we cover every aspect of breastfeeding from start to finish.

Often times parents have questions unrelated to breastfeeding but related to being prepared for a new baby! We are happy to assist you in creating your registry, which baby products most babies and families like and how to care for your infant.

Labor Support 

Labor is called ‘labor’ because is it simply that. It is the hardest work you will ever do- even if you’re planning on having medicinal pain management.

Doulas are evidence-based professionals who provide emotional, physical, and mental support to a woman in labor or post partum.

Midwives and obstetricians are present at births to oversee the health of both mom and baby but, in the hospital setting, neither typically provide hands-on care other than the actual delivery. This is where a Doula comes in.

Research shows that NOT hiring a Doula:

  • increases the length of your labor
  • increases discomfort during labor
  • significantly increases your chances of having a C-section

Most women begin working with their Doula during pregnancy. Their Doula will likely have personal experience working within the hospital and with the physician mom is under the care of. Because of their help with pain management, their explanation of medical procedures, and their being your biggest advocate – hiring a labor Doula is something most moms consider their best birthing decision.

Doulas are trained to not overstep the medical boundaries of the physician or the emotional boundaries you may have with your partner or other support person(s). Doulas are fully capable of being your most active support person in labor if that is your wish.

Doula, which literally translates to ‘woman’s servant’ – is not a medical professional. While she will likely have a complete understanding of the medical procedures and actions surrounding you, she will be acting as a support person, not a medical assistant.

Post Partum Support

The first few weeks after birth are really just an extension of your pregnancy. Some call it the 4th Trimester!

While in the womb- your baby was continuously fed, listened to your heart beating and was held for 9-10months- this is part of the reason why they want to feed so often and are most content when held. Some moms are looking to hire baby nurses but there is not much a baby nurse can do if you are allowing your baby to properly adjust to their new world.

A Postpartum Doula is a trained professional who caters to a woman, her family, and her home, after she gives birth.

Postpartum Doula’s can provide much needed support during the first few days, weeks, or even months at home.  She is an expert at breastfeeding and infant care, but also tends to the family as a whole, not just the baby.

Postpartum Doula’s typically offer:

  • evidence-based breastfeeding support
  • excellent infant care and education
  • maternal postnatal care
  • meal preparation
  • light housekeeping
  • help with older siblings and/or pets
  • friend and advocate to the mother
  • post partum mood disorders

A Postpartum Doula is gentle, she listens, and is there as an advocate for the mother.  She is there to serve in the most caring, nurturing, and respectful way, with the goal of making your transition to motherhood (or to a having an additional child) as stress-free as possible.  A postpartum doula is also trained in dealing with C-section aftercare and postpartum depression.  Many Postpartum Doulas are also knowledgeable in alternative or more natural ways of living.

 

Placenta Encapsulation 

Placenta Encapsulation is one process, of many, that allows mom to easily consume and utilize nutrients from her placenta. Yes it may sound weird or maybe even gross but we promise you it’s not!

Humans are the only mammals on earth that do not consume their placenta after delivery and many human moms are catching on to the benefits!

Moms who consume their placenta after delivery report…

  • increased energy
  • positive mood
  • replenish essential hormones and vitamins
  • lack of baby blues
  • lower incidences of post partum depression
  • increased milk production
  • less post partum bleeding

*the benefits may vary from mother to mother

Prior to delivery, we will arrange a pick up and drop off of your placenta-depending on where you deliver and when. We will let you know how and when to get a hold of us and how to handle the placenta until we are able to have it in our care.

All of Long Island Breastfeeding’s Placenta Encapsulation Specialists are trained, experienced and prepared to handle your placenta in a hygienic, safe, and respectful way.

In the most simple terms- according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your placenta will be steamed, dehydrated, ground, and put into capsules. Or, if you prefer the raw method-we will forgo the steaming, which maintains a higher quality and number of nutrients. You will then take a series of capsules throughout your post partum period as discussed with your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, specific to your needs.

Legal and Expert Witness

Long Island Breastfeeding’s founder, Lindsey Murphy (IBCLC), is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who specializes in breastfeeding and attachment parenting issues. She provides consulting services to law firms and private clients all over the U.S., and can provide written and oral testimony as an expert witness in a courtroom as it relates to these subjects. Lindsey is able to help parents negotiate custody schedules that are optimal for the welfare of the child, utilizing breastfeeding best practices and attachment parenting philosophy. She also acts as an advocate for mothers who have their breastfeeding rights violated; whether in employment situations that may not allow for the pumping of breastmilk in the work environment, or in situations where breastfeeding has been limited or prevented in a public area.

Lindsey’s home office is located in Massapequa, NY, however she is often able to travel to other destinations to provide legal and expert witness services. Fees for these types of services vary on a case-by-case basis, and are charged based on an hourly consulting rate.  Lindsey provides free initial consultations for clients who are interested in discussing legal and expert witness services, which can be held in-person, on the phone, or via Skype.  If you would like to set up an initial consultation, please call Long Island Breastfeeding’s office at (516)660-0484 or send a request through the contact page.



YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP

Long Island Breastfeeding provides a wide range of professional services including Lactation Services, Pregnancy Support, Labor Support, Post-Partum 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 to the left of this page.

Our professionals provide prenatal and post-partum consultations, to both new parents and experienced ones.  Long Island Breastfeeding’s professionals work on a flexible schedule, seeing patients everyday between 8AM-8PM.  Appointments can be scheduled at a provider’s home office, at the patient’s home or office, or another mutually convenient location (click here to view a full list of areas we serve).”




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?!

YUP! Even though breastfeeding is natural, it does not always mean it’s 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.