Here is a list of common questions and answers. If you need further explanation or have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
Why should I pay for a consultation when breastfeeding is a natural process?
If everything is going well and you and your baby are a happy, confident breastfeeding couple, then you don’t need a consultation! A consultation can be extremely helpful, however, when things aren’t going as you had planned. Yes, breastfeeding is a natural process. That doesn’t mean that it is always easy. A lactation consultant can answer your questions, help you to establish a plan for overcoming any difficulties, and work with your other healthcare providers, if needed.
Yes, but a consultation isn’t cheap!
Compare it to how much you would pay for several hours of personal attention from a doctor, lawyer, or electrician! Compare it to the cost of formula if you don’t breastfeed! A consultation costs less than several weeks of formula. When you look at it like that, a lactation consultation is a true bargain.
How do I know whether or not a phone consultation would be appropriate?
The lactation consultant can help you decide whether or not a visit is needed. It would not be appropriate to try to determine the cause of low milk supply or sore nipples without actually observing a breastfeeding. It would be very difficult to help you latch a baby over the phone. However, if you just have a few questions about storing your milk, maintaining your supply while returning to work, or whether or not a specific drug is approved for use during breastfeeding, then a phone consultation would probably work for you.
Do I need a breastpump if I am going to breastfeed?
No! You already have all the necessary equipment. A breastpump is useful if you are going to have frequent or long separations from your baby.
When should I purchase a breastpump?
Waiting until after the baby is born allows you to make a good choice about what type of pump you will need. If there are problems, you may need a more efficient pump than you were expecting. On the other hand, if everything is going well, you may not need a pump for weeks, or ever! If you need a pump when you are in the hospital, most hospitals have high quality pumps for you to use while you are there. If you are quite sure you will be using a pump frequently, then you can purchase it ahead of time if necessary.
Why can’t I just use my friend’s Pump-in-Style?
This is a frequent question since Pump-in-Styles typically last through several babies. These pumps are not FDA approved for multiple users, though. There is a concern about the risk of transmitting AIDS, hepatitis or other serious illnesses. Swapping out the collection kit does not solve this problem. Hospital-grade rental pumps are designed differently so that the milk cannot contaminate the interior of the pump. Also, pumps lose suction and efficiency as they age. Your milk supply may suffer if you are using a pump that is not working well. For more information, go to www.medela.com.