Home visits are a convenient and comfortable way to learn about breastfeeding, especially in the first weeks. With your baby in your arms, the answers to your questions make more sense. You can reach me by phone at 617-435-0693.
How does a home visit work?
I’ll come to your house and meet you (your partner, your older kids, your pets). You review and sign a consent form while I wash my hands. We’ll weigh your baby before a feeding and compare that with a weight after feeding. Together we’ll observe, without judgement, how nursing is going. We’ll see what works, what doesn’t and remedy it for your comfort. One visit usually takes about two hours. You’ll receive a written review of our visit, relevant hand outs and a receipt.I’ll send a written review to your pediatrician. We can follow up by phone call or e-mail. If you need more time, we can schedule another visit. Most families need one or two visits and a few phone calls.
How is payment made? You pay me directly, check or credit card. I’ll give you a signed receipt that has information your insurance company requires. Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA have been reimbursing families in about a month. We suggest you call them to be clear. Aetna will cover the cost of a home visit with an IBCLC as long as you use the Aetna preferred provider.
You can send in your invoice or have my billing specialist take care of submitting claims for you.
For your reassurance, I’m current with flu shots, immunizations, TB testing, am ‘fragrance-neutral’ and like dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, birds and fish.
When should you call? The first two weeks are an important time to establish an abundant supply. And you should be comfortable. It’s important to get help especially if
• feeding is painful
• latching on is difficult
• your baby is not soiling enough diapers
• your baby is not gaining weight or is losing weight.
Prenatal Visits: For families with particular concerns, prior difficulties or just limited time for a class, this is a good option. Learn about practices that best support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding takes patience and practice, not pain. For breastfeeding guidance in the comfort of your home, give me a call.
I look forward to talking with you.
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