Breastfeeding consultations can take place in your home or in my home in South Dublin. Generally a consultation takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. We time the visit around a breastfeed so I can assess your babys latching, positioning and feeding. I offer a kind compassionate service which is based around your breastfeeding goals (not mine). At the end of the consult you will get a written plan of what we have changed and my breastfeeding booklet. One visit is generally enough to sort most problems with follow up by phone/email afterwards. I will also send a letter to your GP.
Fees for consultations vary according to time and distance. I will always inform you of the fee before the visit. Some health insurance companies provide partial reimbursement for Lactation Consultant visits.
Tongue Tie Diagnosis or Help : I have extensive professional and personal experience of tongue tie and its impact on breastfeeding . I can assess for all types of tongue tie in babies and if needed send a referral to a medical practitioner for division .
Other reasons might you need a visit?
- Sometimes just for your own confidence to check all is well.
- Breastfeeding did not go well on a previous baby.
- You want to understand your baby and breastfeeding more completely.
- You have health issues such as diabtetes , depression , asthma and are worried about how it might affect breastfeeding.
- You have inverted nipples , asymmetrical breasts or hypolpasia of the breasts.
- You have painful sore nipples.
- You have blocked ducts , mastitis , breast pain while nursing.
- You baby has trouble latching and comes off the breast during feeds frequently.
- You suspect your baby might have a tongue tie.
- You are concerned you do not have enough milk.
- You have been told to supplement with formula.
- There are concerns about your babys weight gain (if your baby is not gaining an average 6oz /180 grams per week in the first few months , you may benefit from a consult).
- You are nursing twins, triplets or more babies.
- Your baby is born early either preterm or near term ( 35-38 weeks) and you wish to directly breastfeed.
- You have been told you must wean because of a medication, illness or postnatal depression.
- You need help picking the breastpump that is right for you and your babys needs. You have questions about bottlefeeding a breastfed baby and storage of breastmilk.
- You are going baby to work and not sure how to incorporate pumping and breastfeeding into your daily work routine.