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Home is where your heart is.

blue sky and planet with house and orange lightHome 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. You can also  contact my colleagues at ten experienced IBCLC’s who make home visits.

A Home Visit
I’ll come to your house and meet you (your partner, your older kids, your pets). You can 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. Between you, your baby and I, 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.

One visit usually takes about two hours, depending on what you and your baby need. You’ll receive a written review of our visit, a few relevant hand outs and a receipt. We’ll schedule a follow up phone call or e-mail. I’ll also 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.

Getting help in the first weeks makes a big difference in your milk supply and your comfort. 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

You pay me directly, a check is fine. I’ll give you a signed receipt that has information your insurance company requires.  Your insurance company may reimburse you. The Affordable Care Act includes breastfeeding benefits as part of women’s preventative services.

Home visits with an IBCLC are an important investment in the baby and the mother’s long term health.

• 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!

Prenatal Visits
How about we meet before your baby is born?  One prenatal visit can make a difference in the early newborn days. Learn about practices that best support breastfeeding and get answers to any of your questions. As a bonus, when you’d like a home visit with your newborn, we’ll already be familiar with each other.

Prenatal breastfeeding classes should be covered as preventative care for women’s health. Check with your insurance company.

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.
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