Consults generally last 2 to 2.5 hours and include an observation of a nursing session, a thorough review of mother and baby’s health history, an oral exam of your baby, and a weighted feed (weighing your baby before and after to see how much he or she drank at that feed).
Most of your time together will be Julie answering your questions, and focusing on your priorities and concerns, and she will leave an individualized, written care plan for you as well. Julie takes a holistic approach to breastfeeding; her philosophy is that it’s important to find solutions to breastfeeding challenges since babies and mothers thrive when breastfeeding is going well. She knows that all babies want to breastfeed and that if they won’t breastfeed, or breastfeed well, it’s usually because they can’t. She has the training and expertise to help you identify and remove obstacles so you can meet your breastfeeding goals.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel on your own!
Email Julie (at) WellPregnancy.com.
“Breastfeeding to an infant is as important as a breath or a heartbeat. It is a vital sign. It is a physiological function that must be accessed. If an infant cannot breastfeed, we must ask ‘why?’ and ask why until we have identified the issues that can be rehabilitated.”
- Michele Fetzik, BSN, OMT, IBCLC
Because breastfeeding is time sensitive, Julie will do her best to meet with you as soon as possible. Consults can often be scheduled for the same or following day.
Julie provides in-home support for families who live within a half hour drive of Bedford, Massachusetts.This includes the following towns: Acton, Andover, Ayer, Arlington, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Chelmsford, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Lynnfield, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, North Reading, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Weston, Waltham, Wakefield, Wellesley, Westford, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.
Don’t see your town? Email Julie (at) WellPregnancy.com.
Your health insurance should reimburse you for lactation help from an IBCLC under the ACA. Initial consults are $250 and follow ups are $150, due at the time of our visit. Julie accepts checks and cash.
Private prenatal breastfeeding, childbirth, and infant care classes are also available.
Families often schedule a consult with an IBCLC when they have questions about:
- Is my baby getting enough to eat? Can you help my baby to gain weight faster?
- Can I avoid/reduce supplementing with formula?
- How can I resolve my nipple soreness/breast pain?
- How can I heal my plugged duct/mastitis and prevent it from recurring?
- Am I producing enough milk?
- Do I have oversupply/overactive letdown?
- How can I improve my baby’s latch?
- How do I transition from using a nipple shield?
- Can you help with breastfeeding multiples?
- Can you help me to breastfeed more confidently and give me tips and tricks so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel?
- How can I prepare to go back to work? How will I manage pumping, milk storage, and protecting my breastfeeding relationship while baby gets bottles at daycare?
- How much milk will my baby need while we are apart?
- Is my baby’s feeding and sleep behavior normal for his or her age?
- How can I breastfeed after breast surgery?
- How can I breastfeed my adopted baby?
Email Julie (at) WellPregnancy.com.
Julie Brill, IBCLC, CCCE, CLD has been working with families in the childbearing year since 1992 as a childbirth educator, labor doula, breastfeeding peer counselor, and more recently as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her holistic focus both personally and professionally lead her to become a Certified Holistic Lactation Consultant.
She is the author of Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences and the mother of two young adults who she breastfed into toddlerhood.