Prenatal Lactation Consults
Why is prenatal lactation consult important?
Whether you're a first-time parent or an experienced parent, there is always something new to learn. Every pregnancy is different. Your situation is now different. You're either a first-time parent or you have several kids at home. The dynamics at home are changing. Breastfeeding recommendations change. Most especially, your experience with every pregnancy is unique.
Isn't prenatal class enough?
If you've attended prenatal classes, you might have noticed that breastfeeding is discussed at the most basic level. It also doesn't cater to your specific situation.
Maybe you've had breastfeeding issues in the past or if you have anatomical questions or concerns or if you have risk factors that might impede your breastfeeding experience, this is the best time to discuss this and be proactive in your breastfeeding approach.
What's a Prenatal Consult?
This is a one-on-one consult that you and the consultant can mold into what's best for your situation. If you are a first-time parent and would like to have an informed decision on breastfeeding, then the consultant can give you education on evidence-based breastfeeding information and what to expect during the first few days, and most importantly when to seek help.
If you are an experienced mom and you have questions, then you and the consultant could develop a plan so you are armed with knowledge to better prepare you and your baby for your breastfeeding journey.
Most insurance covers lactation consults, and that includes your prenatal visit. You can also sign up for group classes or you can sign up for free consults, which is something I am currently providing.
The free consult is limited to thirty minutes and will cover basic breastfeeding education. The paid consult is one hour and the visit will be more in-depth and we will have time to discuss any of your questions or concerns.
Who can attend the virtual prenatal consult?
Since the topic can benefit anyone that is caring for the baby, it's encouraged to have everyone at home to attend the consult. The first few weeks is the time for mom and baby to bond and work on breastfeeding. Your support system is very important during this time, so they should also be included in your prenatal consultation.