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Whether your having problems with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, baby-led weaning (baby foods), or a tongue and lip tie, tips from our Lactation Consultant will make things easier. We provide private consultations and group classes for parents throughout the greater Houston and surrounding areas, both before and after the baby has been born.

We are an inclusive practice of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) providing compassionate care focused on helping families meet their feeding goals — whether your goal is exclusive breastfeeding or not. Our role is not to dictate how you feed your baby, it is just to help you be successful in meeting your goals.

If you’d like to ensure we’d be a good fit for you and your family, we are happy to answer your questions. Send us a message from our contact page, or give us a call at (281) 305-0411.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What problems and concerns can we help with?  Click Here

Our IBCLCs provide breastfeeding tips, help and education for a wide range of breast feeding and infant feeding problems and concerns from how to prepare for breastfeeding, how to latch the baby when you are breastfeeding, to how to stop breastfeeding, and everything in between.

We help with a wide variety of issue throughout your baby’s infancy. Here is partial list of the topics that we often discuss and provide support for during our visits.

  • Understanding the benefits of breastfeeding
  • How to prepare for breastfeeding (prenatal classes and consultations)
  • How to choose a breast pump
  • How to know if breastfeeding is going well
  • What to do when your baby is cluster feeding
  • How to make latching or positioning the baby easier
  • Making sure your baby is getting enough breast milk
  • Establishing and increasing your milk supply (do herbs and lactation cookies and teas really help?)
  • What to do if you make too much breastmilk for your baby
  • Correcting a painful breastfeeding latch
  • Preventing and treating breast pain and sore nipples
  • Preventing and treating mastitis and plugged ducts
  • How to stop using a nipple shield
  • Breastfeeding a premature baby (preemie) or a baby in NICU
  • Assessing and managing tongue ties (ankyloglossia) and lip ties
  • Recovering from infant frenectomy, frenotomy, and frenulectomy procedures
  • Planning for returning to work and using your breast pump
  • Knowing how medications interact with breastfeeding
  • How to bottle feed, or help a baby who is struggling with bottle feeding
    Using your breast pump and/or exclusively pumping
  • How to store breastmilk safely
  • How to properly prepare baby formula
  • How to nurse twins or other multiples
  • How to help a baby with milk allergy or other allergies and sensitivities
  • What to do if you baby has acid reflux or colic symptoms
  • What to do when your baby refuses to breastfeed (nursing strikes)
  • How and when to introduce solids (baby led weaning)
  • How to stop breastfeeding and wean
  • What to do if you become pregnant while breastfeeding
  • How to tandem nurse
  • How to induce lactation for an adopted baby or a non-birth parent (including co-nursing and chest-feeding)
  • How and when to do Tummy Time
  • How to treat and prevent a flat head (plagiocephaly)
  • What to eat when breastfeeding (breastfeeding diet)
  • Questions drinking alcohol and breastfeeding?
  • Concerns about thrush and nipple infections

2. Why is seeing a private practice IBCLC different than seeing the Lactation Specialist, Nurse or Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in the hospital?Click Here

In the hospital environment, the lactation specialist, nurse or IBCLC has a set amount patients to see during each shift and can’t spend a lot of time with any one. They usually are expected to see at least 12-15 or more new mothers each shift, and patients will often see a different person for lactation support each day! While the IBCLCs in the hospital are wonderful, being a hospital-based IBCLC is very difficult – we know, because we’ve been there. They have a large amount of information to teach in a very short amount of time, and parents are often getting different and sometimes conflicting information from every IBCLC, nurse or doctor they see. Added to this, most patients are exhausted from their birth and often on medications that make it even more difficult to absorb what everyone is telling them.

In our private practice, we spend time with you and your family to develop a relationship that spans the duration of your breastfeeding journey. Our initial visit lasts 2-3 hours and follow up appointments are generally 1-2 hours long. We know that this is a long time out of a new parent’s day, but it is key to do a full assessment of both the parent and baby and really understand each unique situation to create a care plan that is specific to that parent and their baby.

Another problem is that many hospitals do not allow their IBCLCs to do a full assessment of the baby, so often issues like lip and tongue ties are missed. Most patients are in the hospital for only one or two nights, well before their milk is in and milk supply can be adequately assessed. Many problems with breastfeeding don’t show up until the mother’s milk comes in, usually on day 3-5 postpartum. Since most hospitals do not offer follow up appointments with their IBCLCs for patients after the patient is discharged, parents are left with limited resources to help with these breastfeeding problems.

3. How is our private practice different from other practices?Click Here

We are a large practice, with multiple IBCLCs in our group and many of our lactation consultants have taken advanced training in many complex issues. This allows us to not only cover a large geographical area, but to also help match patients with the best IBCLC for their specific situation. In complex cases we refer and cross-consult within our practice, so you always get the best information and guidance possible.

Our practice provides support for new parents throughout their breastfeeding journey, beginning in the prenatal period, in the hospital, continuing after returning home and all the way through weaning. Our practice believes in walking beside you to support the full lifespan of your breastfeeding relationship.

4. How can I use insurance benefits for Lactation Consultations?Click Here

Insurance companies are now covering Lactation Consultation services because it became mandatory beginning is 2011 for most plans.

We are now IN-NETWORK with most Aetna plans!* In addition, we can see many Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and United Healthcare patients through our partnership with TheLactationNetwork.com

For other Insurance companies:

If you do not have Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, or United Healthcare, we encourage you to contact your insurance company to see if these services are covered.

From the HealthCare.gov website:

Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth.  This applies to Marketplace plans and all other health insurance plans, except for grandfathered plans.”

If you do not have coverage through your insurance policy, you can also use an FSA or HSA to pay for your lactation support services, as these services are medical expenses.  We can provide a receipt or superbill with the appropriate codes for you to submit for reimbursement.

*Please confirm our IBCLC Lactation Consultants participation with your health plan as some benefit plans utilize narrow networks which may exclude Lactation Consultants.

5. Where do we see patients?Click Here

Patients can schedule an appointment at one of our offices or choose the convenience of having an IBCLC come to their home.

We service the greater Houston and surrounding areas, as well as offer phone consultations using Skype.

Coverage Map
Coverage map for home visits

We have two office locations:

Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby Area (Inside the Spirit of Texas Bank Building)

3100 Richmond Ave., Suite 401
Houston, TX 77098

Kingwood – Far Northeast Houston (Inside of Wellspring Birth Center)

794A Russell Palmer Road
Kingwood, TX 77339

Home visits are offered throughout the Greater Houston and surrounding areas.

Please note that while insurance typically covers the consultation fee, it does not cover our convenience fee for having the lactation consultant travel to the patient’s home.    

Addicks/ Park TenAldineAlgoa

Almeda

Alvin

Atascocita

Barrett

Bayou Vista

Baytown

Beach city

Beasley

Bobville

Boling-lago

Booney

Booth

Brookshire

Brookside Village

Burr

Champion Forest

Channelview

Cinco Ranch

Cleveland

Cloverfield

Coady

Conroe

Cove

Crabb

Crosby

Cullen Park

Cummings

Cypress Station

Damon

Danbury

Dayton

Deer Park

Dewatt

Dickinson

Dobbin

East Bernard

Eastex/Jensen

El Lago

Energy Cooridor

Fairchilds

Fields Store

Four Corners

Friendswood

Fulshear

Galena Park

Galveston

George Bush Park / Eldridge

Golden AcresGreat Hobby Area

Greater Inwood

Greatwood

Greenspoint

Guy

Hedwig Village

Hempstead

Highlands

Hillcrest

Hitchcock

Hockley

Huffman

Hufsmith

Humble

Hungerford

Iowa Colony

Jacinto City

Jersey Village

Katy

Kemah

Kendleton

Kingwood

Klein

Kohrville

La Marque

La Porte

League City

Liberty

Liverpool

Lochridge

Long Point

Lynchburg

Magnolia

Manviel

Mason Park

McNair

Meadows Place

Mission Bend

Missouri City

Monaville

Mont Belview

Morgans Point

Needville

New Caney

New Territory

New Waverly

Newgulf

Northeast Houston

Northline

NorthsideOld River-WinfreeOrchard

Otey

Panorama Village

Pattison

Pearland

Pecon Grove

Pinehurst

Piney Point Village

Plantersville

Porter

Prairie View

Resharon

Richmond

Rosenberg

San leon

Sandy Point

Santa Fe

Seabrook

Shadow Creek Ranch

Sheldon

Shenandoah

Shoreacres

Sienna Plantation

Simonton

Southbelt/Ellington

Southeast Houston

Southwest Houston

Splendora

Spring

Sugar Land

Sunny Side

Tavener

Texas City

The Woodlands

Thompsons

Tiki Island

Tod Mission

Tomball

Trammels

Uptown

Waller

Wallis

Waverly

Webster

Westchase

Whaley Corner

Willis

Willow

Willowbrook

6. What is an IBCLC? Click Here

What is an IBCLC Lactation Consultant?

IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  An IBCLC provides skilled lactation management for everything from general lactation education and basic latch issues to more complicated lactation problems, such as tongue-tie or weight gain problems.

How are IBCLC’s different from other Lactation Support Providers?

There are many different lactation helpers available to new parents — Breastfeeding Educators, Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC), WIC Peer Counselors, La Leche League Leaders, Breastfeeding USA Counselors and more.  Many of these helpers have some lactation training, and some are required to take an exam showing basic knowledge.   However, none of these designations require the level of training, experience and skills required to achieve the IBCLC certification.   “The Second 9 Months” website has a great article explaining the different types of “Lactation Consultants.”

IBCLC’s are healthcare workers who have extensive education and clinical hour requirements.  Additionally, IBCLC’s are required to to pass a comprehensive exam to gain certification.  IBCLC’s are required to recertify with continuing education every 5 years, and must retake their exam every 10 years to demonstrate current knowledge..  The IBCLC is considered to be the Gold Standard of lactation knowledge.

7. How do I schedule a Lactation Consultation in Houston? Click Here

We offer both office visits and home visits (for an extra fee).  We have two office locations, one in Greenway plaza at 3100 Richmond Avenue, Suite 401, Houston, TX 77098 and one in Kingwood at Wellspring Birth Center (794A Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood, TX 77339).

Scheduling your lactation consultation with one of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants is easy.  You may contact us by phone to schedule your appointment, 281-305-0411.  We  also provide 24-hour online appointment requests through our online scheduling application.

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