Lactation

IMG_4409At Docere Center for Natural Medicine we offer lactation consultation or breast
pump consultation with Renee Beebe, IBCLC. The benefits of seeing a board certified lactation consultant are numerous, and allow mom and baby to continue a healthy breastfeeding relationship. Oftentimes, patients come to us because of low milk supply, pain with nursing, inadequate infant weight gain, latch difficulties and other breastfeeding related concerns.

Benefits of scheduling at Docere Center

  • One-to-one, personal and in-depth, interaction with lactation expert
  • Payment for the visit at time of service is not required under many insurance plans and insurance is billed on your behalf
  • All visits are overseen by a physician. The physician is available to step in if additional evaluation and management are required (i.e. prescription)

Scheduling

To schedule a lactation visit for mom and baby, a referral is required for both, as we
evaluate and treat each individually, in the context of the breastfeeding relationship. If the mom will be seen for a prenatal lactation consultation or a breast pump consultation, the referral is for mom only. To schedule, please call our office and for your convenience we will forward a referral form to your provider.

Please bring the following to each lactation visit

  • Mom and baby!
  • A clean breast pump and all pump parts, if pumping is a part of your routine, so that we can check its fit
  • Expressed breast milk and/or formula, and preferred device for feeding baby, if you are using either of these to supplement
  • Nipple shields, if you use them. Please bring all sizes you have, as sometimes mothers are given/using the wrong size
  • Plan ahead to feed your baby 30 minutes after scheduled appointment time. For instance, if appointment is at 1:30pm, baby should be ready to eat about 2:00pm. We know this is not always easy, but do your best!
  • Milk-filled breasts: Please do not breastfeed or pump immediately before visit. Last pump should be 2-2.5 hours before the appointment. We want to observe a feeding under normal conditions, and need to assess milk supply and milk intake
  • A (recent) weight history from health care provider for your baby and medications/supplements that you or baby may be taking
  • We welcome partners, grandparents, siblings, or helpers – as long as they are all healthy!