Here at the Care Connection we see mothers for a lactation consultation for many reasons. Concerns with milk supply, latching, supplementing, nipple pain, and positioning just to name a few. During your 1 hour one-on-one visit we can address feeding concerns and any questions you may have in a comfortable, private setting. At the end of your visit with us we provide you with a take home plan to best suit your needs. Below are a few recommendations to help you best prepare for your appointment with one of our lactation consultants.
1. Feeding: We recommend scheduling an appointment around a time when baby normally feeds. Or at the very least try to avoid giving baby a full feed within an hour of your consult. However, we realize that sometimes this can be difficult, and baby may not be on any predictable schedule. If baby is ready and eager to feed when you arrive we will address that first. If not, we will talk first and work on developing a plan, then work on getting baby to the breast.
2. Clothing: Please wear something that you are comfortable in (even if this means pajamas!). Nursing tanks, nursing bras, or a shirt that opens down in the front provides easy access for feeding or skin-on-skin with baby.
3. Equipment: If you have been using any tools to assist with feeding baby like a nipple shield or a bottle please bring them with you in case we need them during your visit. Also, if you have been exclusively pumping or pumping after feedings please bring you pump with you. This way you can empty your breasts after the consult if necessary. It is helpful to see what you have been using to assist with feedings and discuss what may work best for you.
4. Supplements: If you are currently giving baby any supplementation or have been advised by you pediatrician to do so please bring this with you should we need it during our consult.
5. Questions: Please write down any questions you may have and bring to your appointment. This allows us to be sure that we address all of your concerns in a timely manner. Our lactation consultants are also available by phone for any questions or concerns that may arise.
6. Significant other or support person: As long as you are comfortable, bringing a support person to your consult is fine! Sometimes this person can take down notes for you and may remember things that you forgot when you get home. The more support you have to continue your breastfeeding journey the better!
7. Siblings: If you have other children it is best to find someone to care for them during the 1-hour consult. If this is difficult for you, please bring along something quiet for them to do in the room while we are working with you and baby. Bringing along a snack for them works well too!
8. Follow up: Depending on the outcome of your visit we may ask that you come back in for a follow up appointment. This will be scheduled at the end of your visit to best suit your needs.
If you need a consultation, please call The Care Connection (716.725.6370) to set up an appointment. Your health insurance may even cover the cost! Call today to get scheduled.