Home is where your heart is.
Home visits are a convenient and comfortable way to learn about breastfeeding. They’re especially helpful in the first weeks. With your baby in your arms, the answers to your questions make more sense.
The best way to reach me is by phone at 617-435-0693 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Home Visit
A home visit is about two hours. I’ll send you a link to a consent form (electronic medical records) that you sign before our visit.
When I come to your house, I’ll meet you (your partner, your older kids, your pets) and wash my hands. We’ll weigh your baby before and after a feeding. We try to schedule the visit at a time when the baby will be close to feeding (though really, newborns have no schedule.)
Together we’ll observe, without judgement, a feeding. We’ll see what works, what doesn’t and remedy it for your comfort. Breastfeeding is supposed to be comfortable. That takes patience and practice, not pain.
You’ll receive a written review of our visit, relevant hand outs and a receipt. We can follow up by phone or e-mail. I’ll send a written review to your pediatrician. If you need more follow up, 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 like dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, birds and fish.
The first two weeks are an important time to establish your milk supply. It’s important to get help 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
You pay me directly, check or credit card. Your receipt has the information your insurance company requires. Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA have reliably reimbursed in about a month.
Aetna is the only company that actually covers IBCLC care. I can connect you with the Aetna preferred providers. (Coverage means you don’t have to pay out of pocket. Reimbursement means you pay first and then get repaid.)
My Billing Specialist can submit the claims for you, or you can do it yourself. (Some insurance companies have fairly straightforward forms online.)
The Affordable Care Act includes breastfeeding benefits as part of women’s preventative services. If you have complaints about obstacles to care, let your representative know. This is important to you and your family. IBCLC care is an investment in the baby and mother’s long term health as well as the family’s well-being.
- A mother who is not in pain from breastfeeding is less likely to be depressed and the baby is more likely to be feeding well.
- Breastfeeding promotes the best for your baby’s immune system and oral development, reduces the mother’s risk of breast and uterine cancer, osteoporosis and anemia.
- Your whole family benefits from the cost savings and the planet benefits from less trash. Breast milk certainly costs less infant formula. Such a bargain!
It will help to understand how your body works and which practices best support breastfeeding. You can get answers to your own specific concerns.
Nature plans for success and you, as a healthy woman, are an important part of that success.
Let’s figure this out so you can appreciate your success. I look forward to talking with you.
Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Guidance in the Comfort of Your Home.