Preparing for Your Visit
How to Prepare for Our Lactation Visit
Thank you for reaching out for breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally! Most women and parents need various kinds of assistance along the way. It can be hard to reach out, but you and your baby deserve all the support that you can get.
To prepare for our visit, please fill out the Intake Form on the Hearts’ Work website as fully as possible. This usually takes less than 15 minutes, and will allow us to focus all of our time at our visit on talking together and working with you and your baby to help you to breastfeed.
Ideally your baby will be ready to eat 15 to 30 min or so after the start of our scheduled visit, so that we can work through a full feeding together. Of course, babies are not programmable ;-), so we just do our best, and work around as needed. But please aim to feed your baby fully around an hour and a half or so before our visit, or your best guess of an interval that will prepare them to be hungry a short time after the start of the scheduled visit. Close to visit time please try to refrain from a full feeding. This is especially important if you are supplementing, or if your baby tends to eat a large amount at a time and then sleep for a long time. If you are directly breastfeeding and your baby tends to eat frequently in smaller amounts, it is less of a concern. In any case, if baby is very unhappily hungry as visit time nears, please give a small snack rather than a full feeding. But do give a small snack so baby is not desperately hungry either when we begin!
Supplementation / Equipment
If you have been supplementing your baby, please keep track of the amounts that you are giving in the 24 hrs before your visit. If you are using bottles or breast pumps or other related equipment, please have them near at hand for the visit. If baby has been receiving regular supplementation, have a bottle or other supplement prepared for feeding available.
Siblings and Pets
If possible, it’s helpful to arrange for someone to entertain any older children or pets during the visit, so we can focus on the task at hand.
Feel free to have any support people who are helping you join us at the visit-- partners, grandmothers, whomever YOU want to have there is fine. If they are part of your team, their involvement is welcome, in any way that you and they find comfortable.
No Tidying, No Worries!
Please don’t worry about tidying your house, showering or dressing, or, for in person visits, acting as a host in any way. I know you have a young baby, and I’d rather see you tucked in bed with your baby amidst a cheerful mess and a sink full of dishes, then running about cleaning.
For Live Video Telehealth Lactation Visits
Make sure there is good lighting in the room you are in. If at all possible, have another adult with you who can hold / aim camera so I can observe you nursing more easily. If possible have a flashlight or other portable light available.
Once you have submitted your Intake Form, if you have scheduled a telehealth visit, you will receive an invoice by email (except Aetna and Medicaid participants), and once you have paid the invoice you will receive the login link for your telehealth visit.
Look forward to meeting you!