Lactation consulting in your home

Parent nursing in bed with dog chaos.Lactation Consulting is helpful for parents who are having breastfeeding challenges. Seems like breastfeeding should be simple — insert part A into part B, and voila, food, right? Sometimes, the first days and weeks of breastfeeding can be difficult.

It also seems like challenges crop up in the middle of the night, on weekends, and on holidays. My business model is baby centered: contact me when you have the problem. Don’t wait for it to magically resolve, or for the office to open Monday morning. Email or text me at 4 a.m., or call me  9 a.m. – 9 p.m. any day of the week.  I answer the phone Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and 4th of July. I can normally see you within 24 hours. In fact, on school days, if you contact me first thing in the morning I can almost promise you an appointment in your home the same day.

Common Concerns

I have been a La Leche League Leader since 2002, helping families at meetings, on the phone and at home with everything from cracked and bleeding nipples, plugged ducts, engorgement, mastitis, low milk supply, oversupply, adoptive breastfeeding, nursing post-cesarean, chestfeeding, and nursing twins, to tandem nursing siblings of different ages.  I was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.  I have learned a great deal about tongue tie, particularly posterior tongue tie.  I also work with parents as they introduce solids, nurse children into toddlerhood and beyond, and approach the weaning process. I combine my experience and pragmatic, loving support with a sense of humor to make breastfeeding and chestfeeding the joyful, normal part of your life that it should be.

Logistics

I will come to your home or hospital room for the lactation visit. I feel that it is important for me to see you in your home environment, to see what resources you have available and work with you to help you overcome your challenges. I strongly encourage your partner to be present throughout the visit, if at all possible.

Lactation consultant Betsy assisting mom and newborn with breastfeedingThe visit covers your primary challenge, but I am happy to answer as many lactation and baby related questions as I am able to. Lactation visits are typically at least two hours. If I see through our visit that you need follow up care with a breastfeeding doctor or physical therapist, I will refer you to an appropriate care provider.

I email you  a concise plan based on our conversation (I try to do this within 24 hours of our visit), and fax a complete report send to your health care provider and pediatrician. And, I will hand you an itemized bill to submit to your insurance company.

I am very comfortable serving families of every demographic and sexual orientation, including transgender families.  I’m located in West Seattle and serve all of King County. If the drive is longer than 30 minutes I may charge a nominal travel fee.

Areas Served

I serve families throughout King County, including North Seattle, Central District, South End, Downtown Seattle, Magnolia, Rainier Valley, Madison Park, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Lake City, Columbia City, Crown Hill, Queen Anne, Northgate, Haller Lake, Greenwood, Windermere, Hillman City, Holly Park, Seward Park, Leschi, Ballard, Loyal Heights, Madison, Madrona, Matthews Beach, Montlake, Beacon Hill, Phinney Ridge, Renton, Sand Point, Seward Park, University District, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood, Shoreline, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Newcastle, Hunt’s Point, Burien, Sea Tac, Skyway, Des Moines, East Hill-Meridian, and Vashon Island (toll ferry additional).  Travel charges ($25) may apply for travel more than 30 minutes outside of West Seattle.

Fees & Insurance

I am an in-network provider with Aetna and am pleased to offer up to six visits completely covered for Aetna clients, including a prenatal class if desired. Nordstroms, Starbucks and Costco are among the local employers who offer Aetna insurance! Please contact me for fee information. I accept FSA, HSA, cash, check, credit, debit, and PayPal. $5 fee may apply to non-check, non cash payments.

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