Breastfeeding is normal.
You’re a mammal. Your baby is a mammal. Most of the time, when you and your baby get some skin-on-skin time to figure things out, breastfeeding works the way it is supposed to — normally. Sometimes, however, you or your baby, or both of you, need a little help. Maybe your baby gives you an extra hour of sleep, you fell asleep with breasts the size of grapefruits and you woke up with breasts the size of cantaloupes. Maybe your baby is nursing so enthusiastically, you’re convinced your nipples are going to be excised from your chest. Maybe you’re doing everything the books say, and you’re baby isn’t gaining weight the way your pediatrician says she should be.
Whatever is upsetting you, it’s going to crop up at 4 a.m., and your partner’s going to be just as exhausted as you are. Morning, and help, can feel a long way away.
I don’t check email at 4 a.m. very often, but I do check it at 6 a.m. Email or text me in the middle of the night and I will get back to you by 8 a.m. at the latest. I’m almost always able to make an appointment with you within 24 hours. Often, I can be there within a few hours — and I always, always, always come to your house, so you don’t need to get dressed or put on makeup. (I promise I won’t put on makeup if you won’t.) I work on weekends and Christian holidays too, so don’t worry about calling me on Christmas or Easter. I serve all of King County.
And, I charge on a sliding scale, so if you honestly can’t afford my fee, I’m happy to work out a fee structure or payment plan that works for you. Insurance is supposed to cover lactation consulting under the new health care law, and I”ll provide all the paperwork you need to submit to your insurance.
Call, text or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206 353 9334. I can’t wait to meet you, your baby, and your partner!