COVID19 In-Home Consultation Safety Protocol

Per Ohio Governor guidelines for re-opening Ohio during the COVID19 Pandemic, Nurture will be offering In-Home services to families as of May 1, 2020. In-Home Lactation and Physical Therapy Consultations are available with safety protocols in place for both staff and clients. Virtual consultations will continue to be available, allowing families to choose the service that best fits their needs. Please reach out with any questions on how we can best serve you!

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COVID-19 & Virtual Lactation Consultations

Hello friends! Let’s chat about the coronavirus…

COVID-19 has not been detected in breastmilk, but antibodies for it have been (human milk is pretty amazing!). Speak to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding if you have been exposed or actively have COVID-19. Continuing to breastfeed or giving baby expressed breastmilk will almost always be the right choice.

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Navigating Insurance and more with Nurture Columbus

Navigating insurance is confusing! When Allyson and I (Julie) first sat down to create Nurture Columbus, one of our main goals was to figure out insurance coverage and creative ways we could offer quality, in-home lactation services to ALL families. We have made some great progress working toward this goal, and are continually working each week to improve access to IBCLC lactation services. Here are your current options for covered or discounted services with Nurture:

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Breastfeeding Basics

Allyson Wessells, PT, IBCLC

Breastfeeding is a developmental milestone that optimizes the health of baby, mother and the environment. Understanding why a baby breastfeeds, knowing how to be prepared to get breastfeeding started, and being familiar with signs that milk supply and baby’s growth are plentiful help minimize challenges that may occur with this natural progression.

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Breastfeeding Outside The Box

One thing I love about my job as a Lactation Consultant is the variety in how each family approaches feeding their babies. Some of my favorite care plans to create are the ones outside of the box of what one might consider a “normal” breastfeeding experience.

A service we are proud to offer is supporting parents in induced lactation, relactation, and/or navigating co-feeding. This could mean breastfeeding/chestfeeding without birthing (think adoptive parent or non-gestating parent) or beginning to lactate after a period of weaning (think a parent who stopped breastfeeding or pumping for baby, but had a change in heart for any variety of reasons).

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Breastfeeding Is Movement

Allyson Wessells, PT, IBCLC

Many movements are required to coordinate breastfeeding and we check them all! Is baby able to lie on tummy comfortably with head turned in both directions, look upward, stretch arms outward, open jaw widely, extend tongue, elevate tongue, keep lips sealed when sleeping to name a few? Challenge with any of these may limit movement needed for breastfeeding reflexes to effectively work, hindering weight gain, milk supply and development. But they can be quickly remedied when detected and addressed early and often.

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