Private Lactation Consultations
- A painful and/or difficult latch, sore or damaged nipples
- Baby weight gain issues, milk supply issues, fussiness or frustration at the breast
- A baby that is “nursing all the time” and never seems satisfied
- Prematurity or late preterm infant, multiples
- Jaundice, tongue tie, medical issues/illness for mom or baby, past breast surgery
- Food sensitivities or allergies for mom or baby
- Returning to work, pumping issues, introducing solid food
- Sleep issues related to feeding
- Lactation support for an adopted baby, nursing an older baby, tandem nursing
- Weaning or any unresolved feeding issues or concerns
This initial consultation, usually about 2 hours in length, includes a thorough health history of both you and your baby, observation and assessment of how your baby feeds at the breast, as well as a gentle examination of you and your baby as needed.
We allow plenty of time for you to share your story, as well as all questions, concerns and insights you have pertaining to any challenges you are facing. At the end of our consultation, together we will create a written care plan that is feasible and workable for you and your family.
To encourage close communication we offer two complimentary 15 minute phone consultations with each initial visit.
Follow Up Lactation Consultation – $85
While some breastfeeding challenges may be addressed in only one initial visit, some challenges may require additional meetings. Follow up consultations are generally 1 hour in length, during which time we will assess your progress and make adjustments to your care plan as needed.
To encourage continued close communication we offer two complimentary 15 minute phone consultations with each follow up visit.
Private Prenatal Consultation – $100
We are available to meet with families during pregnancy to discuss any questions or concerns you have about breastfeeding. If you have had breastfeeding challenges in the past, we can help you create a plan for breastfeeding management prior to the birth of your new baby. Prenatal consultations are generally 1 hour to 90 minutes in length.
Drop-In Clinic – $40
Join us any Tuesday for drop-in clinic hours at the Alma Education & Movement Space. We invite you to either drop-in or set up an appointment with Lactation Consultant Apprentice, Rosemary Ragusa. These 30 minute appointments can not be used to replace a full, at-home appointment to solve complex issues but are helpful when you just need a few questions answered, a weight check, and a simple plan.
Extended Phone Consultation – $45
We recognize in some situations families can benefit from additional phone support, beyond the two 15 minute phone consultations included with each initial and follow up visit. Because in-person support is necessary for most lactation challenges, phone consultations are intended for established clients only.
For calls beyond 30 minutes, we charge $20 for each additional 15 minute increment.
Note: If your finances make it difficult to pay the full fee please call us to discuss payment options. We do offer a sliding scale for clients who have Oregon Health Plan Insurance (OHP).
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, ALL insurance companies are now required by law to cover breastfeeding support and supplies. For this reason, it is always worth the effort to call your insurance company, discuss your specific benefits and submit a claim for reimbursement. We do provide clients a “superbill” which includes all the information needed to submit a claim.
We do require payment at the time of service and accept all major credit cards, check or cash. Our services are also eligible under Flexible/Health Spending accounts.
Normal rates apply for all home visits within a 10 mile radius from zip code 97202. Beyond 10 miles, a charge of $1/mile traveled will be added.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
This comprehensive class focuses on providing valuable information to empower families in feeling confident and informed from the very beginning of their breastfeeding journey. We will explore and discuss the following topics:
- The physiology of nursing
- How to establish a good milk supply
- Achieving a comfortable latch
- How to identify and prevent common breastfeeding issues
- How to know if your baby is getting enough
- Ways partners can help
- Normal newborn behavior
- Where and how to get help after you have had your baby
We suggest taking this class in the last trimester of your pregnancy. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This class is taught by Meg Stalnaker, IBCLC.
Working and Breastfeeding Classes
Women have always worked and breastfed, but in our modern day world it can present some unique challenges. This is a class for the soon to be working parent, as well as the already working parent, to explore the nuts and bolts of balancing work and family. Some of the topics we will discuss are:
- Pumping most effectively and efficiently at work
- Working with your employer to create a supportive atmosphere to pump or breastfeed your baby
- Creating a realistic plan with your family and care providers to support your goals as a breastfeeding mom
- Being familiar with pump options and other supportive equipment needed for the working/breastfeeding mom
Please bring to class your pump and the bottle you feed your baby with. Partners and Babies can come, too. Partners are encouraged to come to learn about bottle feeding for the breast fed baby and tools on how to provide support for the working mom.
This class is taught by Meg Stalnaker, IBCLC.
- March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Alma Education Space
- May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Alma Education Space
- July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Alma Education Space
- September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Alma Education Space
- November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Alma Education Space
Breastfeeding Support Groups
This is a weekly group for moms with their babies in arms. Come to weigh your baby, ask breastfeeding, child development and parenting questions and get support from each other during this transitional time. Throughout the year we have various speakers from the community join us to share their knowledge on a variety of parenthood and newborn topics.
Support group is open to moms and babies of all feeding choices and methods, we pride ourselves in having our groups be non-judgmental and supportive.
Support group is Facilitated by a Board certified lactation consultant from Natural Latch Lactation. No need to pre-register, just come when you can! Drop in fee is $5.
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