A Lactation Visit: More Than Just Latching

Embark on an extraordinary journey with us into the world of lactation consulting, where the art of latching is just the start. In our realm, each session unfolds like a grand adventure in infant feeding. Imagine a world filled with the delicate dance of bottle feeding, the finesse of pumping, and the insightful detective work that comes with each visit. Here, we do much more than just help babies latch; we explore the entire universe of feeding, growth, and development.

Think of our approach as navigating an iceberg-laden ocean. At first glance, it’s about perfecting that latch, but look deeper, and you’ll find a vast expanse of parenting and infant needs. From offering simple reassurances to solving complex feeding conundrums, no challenge is too great. Not every journey will uncover hidden obstacles, but if it does, rest assured, we’re ready to delve into the depths and provide the support and guidance you need.

Join us as we embark on this voyage, blending a dash of humor with a wealth of expertise. We’re here to explore every layer of your infant feeding journey, from the first latch to the nuances of nutrition and beyond. So, welcome aboard! Every lactation visit with us is more than just a session; it’s a significant milestone in your baby’s thriving story.

Now, let’s dive into the details of what you can expect during a lactation visit with us!

1. Unpacking Your Story: Every Superhero Needs an Origin Story 

Before your visit, we don our detective hats, delving into your health histories. We examine everything from your pre-baby days to your little one’s debut. It’s like assembling a jigsaw puzzle where every piece snugly fits!

2. The Long Haul: More Than a Quick Chat

Ever wonder why our sessions rival some epic movie runtimes? We dive deep into every aspect of your feeding journey, addressing every query and concern. Expect to spend a cozy 1-2+ hours with us during your initial visit. Read more on how seeing a private practice IBCLC is NOT the same as seeing a lactation consultant in the hospital.

3. The Assessment: A Comprehensive Once-Over

Meeting face-to-face (or should we say breast-to-face?) means it’s me for a detailed check-up for both you and baby. This includes a meticulous breast exam for you and a head-to-toe assessment for your little one (including an oral assessment). We’re not just looking; we’re discovering the keys to feeding success.

4. Reflexes and Milestones: Charting Baby’s Progress

We observe your baby’s reflexes and milestones, tracking their growth and development. It’s like watching a live-action growth chart, marking each significant stride in your baby’s journey.

5. The Main Event: Feeding Observation

Here’s where the real fun begins! Whether it’s breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, we closely observe and actively seek ways to enhance your experience. Think of it as a feeding choreography where we help you find your perfect dance steps.

6. The Weighted Feed: Measuring Success

Our weighted feeds are a highlight. By weighing your baby before and after feeds, we gauge exactly how much they’re consuming. It’s a precise, informative, and surprisingly fun process!

7. Pumping Performance: Getting the Perfect Fit

Pumping is an art, and we’re here to help you master it. We’ll observe and adjust your pumping process, ensuring you have the perfect fit for your flanges. Think Cinderella, but with breast pump flanges instead of glass slippers!

8. Covering All Angles: The Comprehensive Discussion

We explore a broad range of topics, from physical challenges to your emotional well-being. Our goal is to arm you with the knowledge and skills for every possible feeding situation. From breastfeeding hormones to sleep, nutrition, and beyond, no stone is left unturned.

9. The Brainy Bit: Learning Made Lively

Get ready to be empowered with bite-sized wisdom on nipple care, latching, milk storage, bottle feeding, and formula choices. Our mantra? No gatekeeping of information! We equip you with all the essentials to confidently navigate your feeding journey.

10. Crafting Your Plan: Tailored to You

We create a care plan as unique as your baby’s smile. This personalized guide is tailored to fit your family’s specific needs, supporting you whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or a mix of both.

11. Doctor Dialogues: Keeping the Team Informed

Post-visit, we don’t just part ways. We ensure your doctor is up to date with our findings and your care plan, maintaining a seamless line of communication.

12. The Afterparty: Continued Support Beyond the Visit

Our support doesn’t end when the visit does. For the next two weeks, feel free to reach out to us via text, email, or our Spruce app for guidance and reassurance. And for ongoing support, our membership program offers continued access to our expertise and care well beyond the initial two weeks. Think of us as your extended support crew, always there to cheer you on and assist in your infant feeding journey.

Embarking on the journey of infant feeding, remember, we’re with you for the long haul. From the initial enchantment of the first latch to the exciting introduction of solids and the milestones that follow, our expertise and support are constants in your adventure. Whether it’s refining breastfeeding techniques, tackling bottle-feeding challenges, becoming a pumping pro, or navigating the weaning process into solid foods, we’re here every step of the way. Enter a world of growth, bonding, and discovery with us, where each step in your child’s feeding journey, even beyond their first year, is a moment worth celebrating. Welcome to an enduring partnership in your extraordinary feeding journey, as we guide you through the diverse landscape of infant and toddler feeding!

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