We understand that telehealth is new to most of us and can seem confusing as to how a Lactation Consult will be able to help you through the screen of your laptop. Here’s a quick look into what our Virtual Consultations entail…
Before your consult with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) we will request you send videos to help give us a better assessment of how baby moves, what baby’s mouth looks like, and how baby is feeding. But don’t worry, you will receive detailed instructions to make preparing for your consult easy peasy.
During the consult, it is ideal to have a second set of hands to help with the video while feeding baby – this gives us a better view of the feeding. On our end we will be demonstrating with our demo doll and demo breast ways to help you find a more comfortable feeding position and latch, as well as gentle exercises and stretches for baby.
And then there’s all the education! We provide you with a detailed plan to help you know baby is transferring milk and gaining weight. This is especially important right now as many of you may be doing less frequent physician visits due to Covid19.
With a Virtual Consultation we are able to address all kinds of topics, such as pumping, nursing strikes, bottle feeding difficulties, inducing lactation, and more. If you have any questions about what we can help you with just reach out – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to providing quality care in the comfort of your own home!
Check out our blog post on Navigating COVID-19 and Virtual Consultations!
About the author: Julie Oberholzer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with Nurture Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio. With her background in Public Health and Lactation, she enjoys meeting with parents and new babies, helping them on their feeding journey and supporting them as they find their new normal.