Prenatal Lactation Consultation ***INSURANCE ACCEPTED***

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bcbs-eligibilty.jpgThe visit is tailored to your specific needs and will include individualized breastfeeding education, a breast exam, discussion and demonstration of key techniques in the first few days, referrals to other health care providers who may need to be part of your breastfeeding team, how to put your best foot forward with establishing a solid milk supply, common hospital procedures and experiences that lead to unplanned supplementation… and more!

Private prenatal visits with a Lactation Consultant are recommended for all women, especially those with history of:

  • any breast/nipple surgery
  • flat or inverted nipples
  • insulin dependent diabetes
  • PCOS and infertility
  • pregnancy with twins or more
  • significant difficulty breastfeeding in the past
  • are planning to induce lactation

Who Benefits From Prenatal Lactation Support?

Most women would likely have easier breastfeeding experiences if they took steps to prepare.

The following is a list of some of the things that can put a mother at risk for breastfeeding problems. Not everyone with these risk factors will experience breastfeeding problems, but they are more likely to.

Risk factors:

  • any breast/nipple surgery
  • significant difficulty breastfeeding in the past
  • Experiencing a high-risk pregnancy
  • Having difficulty conceiving and needing IVF or medications to conceive
  • Being a first-time mother over the age of 35
  • Having multiples
  • Having inverted or flat nipples
  • Having had a breast surgery or procedure such as any cosmetic breast surgery, lumpectomy, mastectomy or radiation treatment to the breast, or a chest surgery or injury
  • Having experienced breastfeeding difficulties with another child
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Diabetes, type I, type II or gestational
  • Having very large or very small breasts
  • Having the first menstrual period at age 10 or younger
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Experiencing postpartum hemorrhage
  • Having a baby born early, particularly if born before 38 weeks gestation
  • Having a difficult birth such as an induction, a birth where high doses of pitocin were needed or a cesarean section

A mother is unlikely to know in advance about the last three, but knowing beforehand that early babies and difficult births can make breastfeeding more challenging can help mothers who end up having these experiences be proactive and work hard to get breastfeeding going.