Breastfeeding Support

Gentle Breastfeeding Guidance

Breastfeeding support provides preventative education and techniques as well as troubleshooting for all stages of breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding support involves gentle latch techniques that follow the natural flow of breastfeeding enabling you to balance this learning dance with your new baby and family.  Breastfeeding support is available by e-mail, phone, live online web meetings and in-person within 1 hour of zip 26164.

Breastfeeding Support Includes:

  • Gentle Latch and Positioning Techniques
  • Noticing when Baby is Swallowing Milk
  • Breastfeeding Education & Awareness
  • Breast Compressions
  • Pain & Discomfort Prevention
  • Pain & Discomfort Troubleshooting
  • Supplemental Nursing System/Lactation Aid
  • Muscle/Alignment Awareness
  • Tongue & Lip Tie Assessment
  • Tummy Time/Stretching Guidance
  • Herbal Therapies
  • Referrals to IBCLC as Needed

I have been providing breastfeeding education and support since 2009 in the Mid-Ohio Valley community.  My support includes prenatal education, postpartum guidance, troubleshooting, and care through weaning, relactation, and nursing during pregnancy as well as tandem nursing and nursing multiples.  Breastfeeding support via phone and messaging is provided free to all my birth class and doula clients.

My approach to breastfeeding is gently watching mom and baby learn about each other, and offering gentle guidance and teaching moms and their support team on what to look for to know that baby is swallowing milk, as well as learn about the breastfeeding relationship so breastfeeding becomes more normalized.  These services are offered through my free monthly breastfeeding clinic, as well as through messaging, phone, and in-home (or at your birth facility).  Yes, I DO offer breastfeeding services "after hours" and on weekends!  Babies don't stop nursing for schedules, and that means moms need support for all phases!

Breastfeeding Clinic

FREE

Monthly Breastfeeding Clinic, Birth, & Parenting Social is held the 4th Saturday of every month (except December) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This is an informal social support group which also doubles as a clinic for in-person breastfeeding support.

In-Home Consult

$60 First Hour ($30 for additional)

  • In-Home Breastfeeding Support
  • At Birth Facility/Hospital Breastfeeding Support
  • Tongue Tie Assessment
  • Latch & Position Guidance
  • Stretching Guidance
  • Rebirthing
  • Lactation Aid Guidance
  • Relactation & Supplementing at the Breast Guidance
  • Breastfeeding Education

Virtual Consult

$30/hr

  • Live Video Support Session (you will need internet access and the ability to share a live video)
  • Latch Assessment
  • Swallowing Assessment
  • Position Guidance
  • Latch Guidance
  • Stretching Guidance
  • Breastfeeding Education
  • Available on short-term notice and odd hours

How to Plan for Your Breastfeeding Visit

Home Visit

  • Complete the Esali Birth Breastfeeding Client Intake Form at least 24 hours prior to our visit so I can have time to review this prior to meeting you and we can spend most of our time focusing on the immediate needs of breastfeeding.
  • You are NOT entertaining me.  Please do NOT clean your house.  This time is to be focused on your rest and getting breastfeeding established.  I regularly attend pregnant women, provide midwifery assistance at home, and visit a postpartum home within days and weeks of a birth.  I also work from home and homeschool.  I 100% expect your house to look like you live in it, and to look like you are focusing on your newborn.  I also do not need anything to eat or drink, but a glass of water now and then is enjoyable.
  • Try to keep baby relatively hungry before a visit.  If baby is showing hunger cues, nurse for just a few minutes or feed a small portion of expressed milk if baby is not at the breast.  We don't want an upset baby, but we need to be able to assess the feeding on our visit.
  • Try to have baby relatively rested before our visit to help achieve a calm baby and a baby that breastfeeds fully before falling asleep.
  • Have a support person available, if possible, to help with other children or pets so you can focus on receiving support and get breastfeeding well-established or back on track.
  • The best place for us to visit is in the place where you normally nurse your baby.  You may also like access to your bed or other comfortable location if you are having difficult nursing in the place you would desire to nurse.
  • Full payment is expected at the time of service.  I accept cash, check, or credit card.

 

Live Web Visit (Skype/Facebook)

  • Complete the Esali Birth Breastfeeding Client Intake Form at least 24 hours prior to our visit so I can have time to review this prior to meeting you and we can spend most of our time focusing on the immediate needs of breastfeeding.
  • You will need an internet connection and a working web cam or phone with camera.  If this is a Skype visit, please have Skype installed and connect with my according to the instructions from our discussions.
  • Have baby rested and hungry just as with a home visit.
  • Have a support person to care for your other children just as with a home visit.
  • Dad/Partner or another support person is helpful to maneuver the camera around during a visit, but this is not required.
  • Have your hands washed to be ready to assess your baby's mouth for oral restrictions.
  • Full payment is expected the same day of service.  You will be invoiced through PayPal when making your appointment and you can complete your payment after our visit by PayPal or Credit Card.

Insurance Reimbursement

My doula services, including antenatal doula mentoring, labor doula, and postpartum doula care may be reimbursable by your insurance company. Fees are required to be paid in full and you must submit your own claims; however, I will provide my NPI number and supporting information to help you with your claim submission. In many cases, a well-written letter explaining how you believe doula support reduced costs for your birth, as well as persistence, will provide you with a reimbursement. Please contact for any questions.

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