Home Visits

Breastfeeding guidance in your home is a convenient and effective way to learn about breastfeeding. With your baby in your arms, the answers to your questions make more sense.

I’m based in Ellsworth, Maine and will travel about 45 minutes. That includes Mt. Desert Island, Blue Hill, Brooklin and Bangor area. I probably travel to your area, you can call me 617-435-0693. For longer travel time, there is a small fee.

How does a home visit work?
A home visit takes about two hours. 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 and then after a feeding. Together we’ll observe, without judgement, how breastfeeding is going. I’ll answer your questions. We’ll make a plan for moving forward.
You’ll receive a written review of our visit, relevant hand outs and a receipt. I’ll send a review to your pediatrician. We can be in touch by phone call or e-mail for follow-up. If you need more time, we can schedule another visit.

Most families need one or two visits and a few phone calls. For your reassurance, I’m current with flu shots, immunizations, TB testing, am ‘fragrance-neutral’ and am comfortable with most pets.

How is payment made? You pay me directly, check or credit card. I’ll give you a detailed receipt. My Billing Specialist can submit claims to your insurance company for you, or you can do it yourself. (Some insurance companies have easy forms online.)

Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA have reliably reimbursed clients in about a month. We suggest you contact your insurance company to confirm their reimbursement.

Reimbursement means you pay out of pocket first and get that returned after you send your proof of payment (receipt) to your insurance company. 

Coverage means you don’t pay out of pocket.  Aetna is the only insurance plan that covers IBCLC care from their preferred providers.

When should you have a visit?
Anytime you have questions or need some guidance. The first two weeks are a time-sensitive period to establish your milk supply.
It’s important to get help especially if
• feeding is painful, you are uncomfortable.
• latching on is difficult.
• your baby is not soiling enough diapers.
• your baby is not gaining weight or is losing weight.

How about a prenatal visit? For families with specific concerns, prior difficult experiences, or have limited time for a class, a prenatal visit is a good option. Learn what you can do for a good start. Breastfeeding takes patience and practice, not pain.

For breastfeeding guidance in the comfort of your home. The best way to schedule a visit is to simply call me:  617-435-0693

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