Lactation Services

SERVICES

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 My goal is to provide personalized, clear, evidence-based information with compassion. Each family is different, therefore each visit is tailored to your specific needs.  My practice is primarily focused on providing private, in home visits within Northwest Arkansas area.  I am willing to travel up to an hour outside of Fayetteville. This includes, but is not limited to, Bentonville, Rogers, West Fork, Van Buren, Johnson, Farmington, Elkins, Siloam Springs, Prairie Grove, Bella Vista, & Winslow. 

First-time Visit (1-1.5) includes:

  • Review of maternal and infant health history, birth and breastfeeding experience to date

  • Get clear on your specific goals for breastfeeding

  • Physical assessment including mother’s breasts and baby’s oral and structural anatomy

  • Pre and post weight to identify plan moving forward

  • Observation, assessment and hands-on assistance while feeding

  • A personalized breastfeeding care plan

  • A report to the mother’s physician and/or baby’s pediatrician, if needed

  • Two weeks of follow-up care via text, email and/or phone

Follow-up Visits (45 min – 1 hour) may be necessary/desired. Offered at reduced price if needed. These include:

  • Assessment of progress

  • Weight check for baby, including pre- and post-feeding weights (if applicable)

  • Re-evaluation and updating of care plan

  • A report to the mother’s physician and/or baby’s pediatrician, if needed

  • Two weeks of follow-up care via text, email and/or phone

Phone Visits (up to 30 minutes)

While phone visits are not ideal, I realize that sometimes neither are the circumstances we find ourselves in.  Maybe it's past business hours or early in the morning and you're in pain. Or, maybe you just need some reassurance (we all do!). Generally, we can tackle some of the basics over the phone. 

 


What to expect before, during, and after our visit:

Before:  Before we meet, I will have you fill out a few forms that will help me maximize our time together. I know it can be intimidating having someone come to your house, but relax, don't clean your house for me (I promise I don't care) and don't dramatically change anything before I come. I want to see you in your comfortable space, even if that means you're used to feeding in an unusual space! 

Start making a list of all the things you may want to ask about before I come. But also remember if you forget something, you have two weeks to call/email/text after a visit.

It's ok for your husband/friend/kids to be home during a visit. Remember, your comfort is most important to me. Please plan to put your dogs away because I am terrified of them.

During: First and foremost, we will not be rushed. I learned early on that babies are not on our schedule. We can do our very best to schedule a visit during a normal feeding, knowing that our plans might get tweaked a little. That's okay! You can expect me to wash my hands, spend some time talking with you about your history, how your birth went, and how the initial and current breastfeeding has been going. Then I will have you show me exactly how you normally do things, and we will go from there. I will do an oral assessment, if needed. I will assess your nipples and the babies latch. You can expect to have all of your questions answered. 

After: I will provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I will also provide you with a care plan to begin working within 24 hours of our visit. Remember, just as learning any new skill takes time, so does breastfeeding. There is no immediate cure to all breast feeding issues. Often, nursing issues can be complex and take multiple steps to see progress. This is normal (and frustrating), but I will support you and encourage you all the way through it! Utilize your calling/texting/emailing for 2 weeks after the visit. You will never be a bother. I appreciate your honesty throughout the process. If you feel like something isn't working for you- tell me! And vice versa, if you feel like you're making great progress, I love hearing that too. It's my joy to celebrate with you.

 

 

 

 

 

FEES AND LOGISTICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fees:

Initial, 90 minute visit: $150

* sliding scale available upon request

Follow up visit: $75

Phone consult: $25 per 15 minutes

Prenatal class, 1 hour, in home: $100

Postpartum doula work: $40 per hour, lactation included

* I am an in net work provider with Aetna. I will provide you a superbill to submit to your insurance for partial/full reimbursement.

Payment is due at the time of the visit.  I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards via square. 

If you’d like to discuss my fees, please contact me at 479-879-2586 or email me at katie@arkansaslactation.com.

 

 

Packages:

Lactation: Multiple-visit packages are available, as I know that continued support can be vital in the first few months (and sometimes beyond). If you know in advance you would like to schedule multiple visits, I do offer reduced rates. The more visits, the lower the cost per visit.

Prenatal Care: Private, in-home prenatal breastfeeding classes and prenatal nutrition consults. These can be especially valuable if you tend to operate better feeling "prepared"  rather than trying to figure things out once your bundle of joy arrives. Some moms find it comforting to establish things like using their pump, discussing a plan for milk storage, and comfort techniques, before baby is here. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Postnatal Care: As a certified postpartum doula, I offer an in home extended service which is provided at an hourly rate. This is the "total" package because it covers breastfeeding consultation (as much as you need), help adjusting to baby in this new season, emotional and physical recovery after birth, infant soothing, and help with meal prep.

Insurance: 

If desired, I can provide appropriate documentation to submit along with your own claim form to your insurance company to seek reimbursement for lactation services. While I cannot guarantee that you will be reimbursed, many of my clients receive partial or full reimbursement. Please check with your health insurance provider by calling the member service number on the back of your insurance card to confirm coverage before booking our visit. I am currently an in network provider with Aetna.
 

Mileage Fees:

          If you live outside of Fayetteville, the travel fee is $1.00 per mile driven.

 

Additional Resources:

Many of us search the internet for information to help us make decisions such as deciding to seek the support of a lactation consultant. Sometimes the range of available information can be overwhelming. You may find the following pages helpful:

La Leche League International (LLLI)

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Toolkit for Understanding Insurance Coverage for Breastfeeding Support Under the Affordable Care Act