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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 LCHomeVisits.com: Ten experienced IBCLC’s who make home visits.

A Home Visit
A home visit is 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 after a feeding .

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

Payment
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 reliably reimburse 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.) 

The Affordable Care Act includes breastfeeding benefits as part of women’s preventative services. If you have complaints about obstacles to care, contact the Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner. And let your representative know, your family needs this care.  IBCLC care is 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
Learn about practices that best support breastfeeding and get answers to your 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.
617-435-0693
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