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.
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 us:
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.
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.
The answer is almost always going to be “Yes, continue to breastfeed and offer breastmilk while you and/or baby are sick.” Human milk is amazing! It is constantly changing to meet baby’s needs, which can be especially helpful during cold and flu season. Your milk produces antibiodies as you and baby are exposed to new germs. Any time you are actively sick you should take safety precautions AND continue giving your baby all the amazing nutrients and antibodies your breastmilk is creating to help protect baby now and throughout their lifetime.
So much is changing with our bodies as we go through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We often need a variety of folks to support us through these changes. Some professionals you may want to utilize include lactation consultants, doulas, counselors, psychologists/psychiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists to name a few.