Stephanie brings 30+ years nursing experience to Becoming Mothers. Stephanie’s clinical experience is as a Labor & Delivery RN, high-risk obstetrical home-care nurse and as a parent educator. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996, Stephanie is very comfortable with all varieties of scenarios that occur with breastfeeding mothers and their newborns/infants/toddlers.
Stephanie approaches her lactation consultation practice without judgement. It is her intent to help each mom fulfill her own personal breastfeeding goals, whatever those goals might be.
Why One Might Schedule a Lactation Consultation:
- You are new to breastfeeding and would like some help and guidance.
- You are pregnant and planning to breastfeed and would like to learn and/or problem solve about the best way to get a great start – especially if you tried breastfeeding in the past and are hoping to have a better experience this time.
- You are expecting or have twins (or more)!
- You want to learn the ins and outs of using your breast pump.
- You are experiencing pain, tenderness, soreness and/or frustration with breastfeeding – perhaps even cracking, scabbing or bleeding.
- You dread feeding your baby due to nipple/breast tenderness.
- Your baby is not gaining weight as quickly as hoped.
- You find it is difficult to latch the baby or the baby will not stay on the breast.
- You are going back to work and would like to formulate a plan for success.
- You feel like your milk has not come in within 3-5 days after birth.
- You do not feel that your breasts soften after feedings (full, heavy, uncomfortable).
- You are breastfeeding and are tearful and sad, overwhelmed and/or anxious, having difficulty sleeping, having thoughts of harming your baby or yourself. You are just not feeling like yourself.
- You have had breast surgery.
Scheduling a Consultation or a Well-Baby Visit:
Private, in-home Lactation Consultations are scheduled around the baby’s feeding schedule. The Lactation Consultation is billed at $150 for a two-hour visit; each additional hour is billed at $60/hour with consideration of 15 minute increments. Payment for the consultation is requested at the time of service. If requested, a lactation super bill will be provided for you to submit to your insurance company.
In the privacy of your home, Stephanie will schedule a Well-Baby visit. Different from a lactation consultation, a Well-Baby visit is an opportunity to have a lactation professional assess the nursing dyad. This is an ideal time to ask Stephanie all of your “is this normal”, “am I doing this right” questions. Stephanie’s years of experience is valuable to reassure the novice mother that she is indeed a fantastic mother!
Well-Baby visits are billed at $150 for a two-hour visit; each additional hour is billed at $60/hour with consideration of 15 minute increments. Payment for the consultation is requested at the time of service. If requested, a lactation super bill will be provided for you to submit to your insurance company.
A telephone consultation is appropriate if breastfeeding is “going well” and questions can be adequately addressed over the phone because the concerns do not require visual assessment. Examples of when a telephone consultation would be appropriate include, but not limited to, the return to work, integrating a business trip with breastfeeding, newborn schedules and behavior, offering a bottle to a reluctant nursing baby.
Telephone consultations are billed as follows: $20 for the initial 15 minutes and $1/minute thereafter. Credit card payment for the telephone consultation is required at the initiation of the conversation. If requested, a lactation super bill will be provided for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
The Women’s Preventive Health Breast Feeding Benefit (Affordable Care Act) includes:
- up to six visits with a lactation consultant if you need support with breast feeding.
Some plans are not subject to the women’s preventive breastfeeding services requirements under the Affordable Care Act (also known as the health care reform law). This includes plans that are grandfathered or otherwise exempt. These plans may not include all of these benefits or there may be different member cost-sharing on certain benefits. Consult your plan documents or call member services at the number on your member ID card if you are not sure if your plan covers these benefits.
Payment for the consultation is required at the time of the visit. A lactation super bill will be provided for submission to your insurance for direct reimbursement.