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IBCLC Lactation Consultant Home and Office Visits

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A Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a specialist in newborn breastfeeding problems. I have been an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) as well as a Physician Assistant and have worked my whole career (30+ years) with babies. I can provide you with breastfeeding problem solving as well as newborn behavior information. Working together whether for a prenatal consultation, or a postpartum lactation consultation you will feel supported and more confident in your breastfeeding journey. > Read more about my background and training.

Are you having a hard time breastfeeding?

How do you know if you need breastfeeding help? Any one of the issues listed below can present a significant challenge to a healthy breastfeeding experience. Fortunately, most breastfeeding challenges can be resolved when approached in a timely manner by a Lactation Consultant with evidence-based skilled support.  If you are struggling with any of the factors listed below, please don't hesitate to reach out for the lactation support you need.

  • Difficulty latching or painful latch
  • Sore nipples
  • Slow weight gain or continued weight loss in baby
  • Baby needing supplementation
  • Exclusively pumping
  • Low milk supply
  • Overactive let-down/oversupply
  • Engorgement
  • Tongue tie/lip tie
  • Inverted Nipples
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding premature babies
  • Returning to work and transitioning to a bottle
  • How to combine pumping and breastfeeding
  • Difficulty bottle feeding
  • Twins/triplets (extra charge applies)
  • Pumping problems
  • Fussy baby
  • Special needs infants
  • Transitioning baby home from the NICU
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Weaning, and more.
  • Difficulty latching or painful latch
  • Sore nipples
  • Slow weight gain or continued weight loss in baby
  • Baby needing supplementation
  • Exclusively pumping
  • Low milk supply
  • Overactive let-down/oversupply
  • Engorgement
  • Tongue tie/lip tie
  • Inverted Nipples
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding premature babies
  • Returning to work and transitioning to a bottle
  • How to combine pumping and breastfeeding
  • Difficulty bottle feeding
  • Twins/triplets (extra charge applies)
  • Pumping problems
  • Fussy baby
  • Special needs infants
  • Transitioning baby home from the NICU
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Weaning, and more.

BREASTFEEDING PREPARATION

PRENATAL LACTATION CONSULTATIONS

My prenatal breastfeeding consultations can take place in your home, or at my office.  A breastfeeding consultation during pregnancy is ideal for those who want a healthy start to breastfeeding, including clients who have had breastfeeding challenges with a previous child. Often discussing your experience and then outlining the important steps to getting off to a great start is just what you need. Discussing what is important to focus on in the first few days with your newborn and what to watch for in the first week and beyond can provide you with the confidence and concrete information to be successful. We develop a detailed breastfeeding care plan with very concrete tips for you at the end of the visit. As well, establishing a relationship with me as your Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) prior to your little one's birth can allow you to feel prepared and ready to conquer this the second time around.  COST:  $135.

photo by <a href="http://dolcephotographyct.com/blog/" target="_blank">dolce photography</a>.

"I feel more confident breastfeeding because whenever I have a question or concern, I ask and they get back to me so quickly. It feels good to know that me and my baby are not in this alone."

- Jill

"Patrice is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and caring. She helped me through many struggles and working with us to get my son to latch on and me to not lose faith in the process. I so badly wanted to breastfeed and something just told me not to give up." 

- Holli

"Patrice was so supportive through all my questions, encouraged me when it seemed like I would never be able to supply enough for my son, and was there to celebrate with me when, at 12 weeks old, my son and I finally "got it"!"

- Holli

"Patrice had come to my house prior to delivery for a consultation and immediately made me feel at ease. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but with a support system telling you that it was "too hard" or "you'll have to supplement" I felt extremely discouraged. Patrice put all those fears to ease with her support."

- Erin

"Just had my first appointment. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. Went over issues that other consultants missed in the hospital and the pediatrician's office."

- Georgette

"Patrice saved my life!! Truly wonderful, kind and extremely knowledgeable. I was having pain andndifficulty in those first few weeks of nursing and within minutes (literally!) she made our experience transform immeasurably. Definitely would highly recommend her services."

- Erin

"Patrice is extremely knowledgable and excellent at what she does. I was beside myself in pain with severe engorgement, and her tips immediately helped to put me at ease. Our appointments were extremely helpful, especially being in our own home. I cannot Recommend her services enough!"

- Ali

"Patrice is very helpful, down to earth, and makes you feel like you're talking to a friend! She is full of advice and explains everything really well. I would recommend her to anyone needing help or reassurance."

- Amy

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BREASTFEEDING HELP

AFTER BABY IS BORN: Working with a Lactation Consultant

This home or clinic lactation consultant visit is a great fit for any new family in the overwhelming first few weeks with a new baby.  Helping you learn how your baby is communicating their feeding needs with you and how to successfully establish this breastfeeding relationship is our specialty. Whether you are experiencing a problem or just trying to figure out the basics of breastfeeding we are here for you.

Home Visit Lactation Consultation - $220
Office Visit Lactation Consultation - $200
(Office visits take place at Compass Wellness Center - 14 Vine Street, New Britain, CT)

Follow-Up Home Visits - $140
Follow-Up Office Visits - $110
We will discuss progress and how things are going. We will observe a feeding and reassess and formulate any change to plan that is needed.

Weight Check - $30
It is often very helpful to have weight checks to assess progress and boost confidence. This is a short visit where we weigh baby and discuss briefly our findings and discuss any change to plan based on baby’s weight.

During the lactation consultation we will:

  • 1 Take a thorough health history for mom and baby
  • 2 Help with positioning & latch as needed, and answer your questions as needed.
  • 3 Do a pre/post feed weight - our scale can assess breastmilk intake during the feeding
  • 4 Do an oral exam assessing for anatomical issues that can affect breastfeeding
  • 5 Provide breastfeeding education and basic management advice
  • 6 Develop a concrete plan of care based our findings that we email to you
  • 7 Send a consultation report to your pediatrician and obstetrician
  • 8 Be available for email or phone follow-up after the visit
I look forward to supporting your breastfeeding journey!
- Patrice Jones, IBCLC

Insurance and Payment Options

For all clients other than Aetna we are fee for service providers. Payment is taken at the time of the visit. We accept credit cards, checks and cash. HSA or FSA cards are accepted. We can also submit your bill to your insurance for a small fee ($5.00) which goes directly to our billing service.

Whether you would like a home visit or you would like to come to our office we can accommodate you. There is an additional charge for traveling outside a 15 mile radius from our home base of $25.00.

We will never turn a family away who desires lactation care - payment plans available if necessary. If you are a military family please ask for our military discount.

AETNA:
We are in network with Aetna. Aetna typically covers up to 6 visits at no charge. Prior to our appointment we ask that you call Aetna to confirm the coverage you are have for lactation care. As long as coverage is confirmed there is no exchange of fees for the services for Aetna clients.

CONNECTICARE:
Connecticare also covers at least 1 visit. However, you are still responsible for the fees at the time of the visit but we are happy to submit your bill to them for you for a small fee.

ALL OTHER INSURANCES:
This includes BC/BS, United Heath Care, Cigna, and others. While the Affordable Health Care Act states that coverage for lactation care in or out of network is the law unfortunately it is not an easy task for families. Calling to confirm and check with your insurance carrier about their coverage is recommended. As well this link will take you to the National Women’s Law Center and their toolkit which has very helpful information in speaking with your insurance company.

You may also find this link helpful to learn more about breastfeeding benefits under the Affordable Care Act.