Breastfeeding is instinctual and often occurs without any special help, especially after a gentle birth. Even with an optimal birth, though, breastfeeding challenges can come up. Using a client-centered approach, I offer home and office visits for latch issues, low milk supply, infections and complex problems.
Often, simple breastfeeding issues can be answered by phone. More complex or persistent breastfeeding issues benefit from a visit with an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Some reasons to seek assistance include (but are not limited to):
All consultations are provided by Aszani Stoddard, nurse-midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. The first consultation includes:
Depending on the complexity of the issues, first visits last about 2 hours. Consultation fees are by type of appointment, so don’t worry about being rushed. We will develop a written care plan for you to take home with you. I am a prescriber and can write prescriptions as needed. Referrals to other specialists can be made when these would be helpful.
Follow-up support is done at office or home visits, by phone or by email, depending on how complex your issue is. Clients are encouraged to keep in touch until feeling fully confident that problems are resolved and breastfeeding Is enjoyable and comfortable.
Staying in the comfort of your own home is especially important when there are nursing issues in the early
postpartum period. Home visits are also helpful for women who have other young children, or because the mother prefers to be seen at home. When doing a home visit, I will arrive with a well-stocked bag that includes basic and specialized breastfeeding supplies and a high quality digital baby scale. I serve the greater Twin Cities Metro area. Due to clinic scheduling, I am often not the best choice for urgent lactation visits, but you can always reach out. If I cannot help you, I will refer you to someone who can.
What Do I Bring to My Appointment?
Our clinic does not bill insurance. Since I am an out-of-network provider for many insurance companies, I can give you a Superbill to submit to your insurance company at every visit. However, you will have to do the legwork on getting reimbursement. I accept credit, debit and HSA cards, checks and cash.