What is lactation support?
What if you could talk to a breastfeeding expert without ever having to leave your house? What if that person could WATCH you feed your baby, listen to the struggles you’re facing and give you suggestions in real-time, from the comfort of your rocking chair? Breastfeeding comes with its own unique set of challenges, and our team of doulas and online lactation consultants are here to empower, encourage and educate you along the way!
How does virtual lactation support work?
If you’ve got a smartphone, a laptop or an iPad, virtual lactation support is a breeze. Your lactation consultant will find a convenient time for you to meet via a secure video chat. It’s helpful (but not required!) to have another person around to help get you, baby and your technology settled, as well as to assist with any positioning.
Once you’re online, your virtual lactation consultant will help answer any questions, offer personalized suggestions and refer you to helpful resources. Your 90-minute in-depth meeting will feature an assessment and immediate care suggestions you can implement right away. You’ll also receive a downloadable comprehensive care plan outlining everything you discussed, advice from your knowledgeable consultant and recommendations for future care after the call.
And we know, breastfeeding is filled with highs and lows. Depending on the package you choose, you may also receive on-call breastfeeding support for anything that may come up along the way.
What are the benefits of online lactation support?
Listen, sometimes what worked for your mama or your grandmama just isn’t going to work for you. And sometimes, what worked with your first baby isn’t going to work this time around! Every baby and every mama is different. Your virtual lactation consultant can:
Assess your current breastfeeding process.
Address any struggles or questions.
Suggest time-tested techniques and creative positions to aid in comfort.
Create a plan to maximize efficiency and improve milk supply.
Determine if you or your baby need to seek in-person medical attention.
What is the cost of online lactation consulting?
Each of our birth packages includes lactation support to varying degrees. Chicago Birthworks Collective also offers an a la carte purchase of in-person or virtual lactation support. Not sure how much support you need? Our team can help you determine the package that’s best for you.