COVID-19 Update (finally)

Oh man, what a stressful time to give birth and bring a baby home. We have all the normal new parent stuff, plus isolation, plus a pandemic, plus forest fires.  I’m honored to be part of your care team to help you normalize your new parenting experience, and just focus on your baby.

I really love to be in person and hands on with my clients, but that carries risk to all of us. To reduce risk I might bring to you:  I am being rigorously careful to limit my exposure, always wear a well fitting mask in public,wash my hands carefully, and avoid crowded spaces. In my spare time, I sew hundreds of masks to donate to Crafters Against COVID-19, so I am all about the mask fit and safety.

Safety first

You would be surprised how well virtual visits work for almost all breastfeeding/chestfeeding problems. Seriously. If you are at all concerned about safety, choose a virtual visit. Prenatal classes work particularly well virtually.

In person visits are possible for families who:

–Have been in seclusion/quarantine for the ten days prior to the home visit, other than trips to medical providers. (Talk to me before you rule yourself out).

–and/or have been screened by their birth provider/have an up to date COVID test.

–Have no symptoms.

During the visit, I wear a KN95 mask, and another mask. I sit far away from you. I wash vigorously, and I sanitize all my equipment in front of you.

Prenatal classes and infant consults

Personalized prenatal classes are either virtual or outside in your yard/porch/garage, weather permitting. If we meet indoors, you must follow the mask guidelines listed my FAQs. In about a 90 minute class, we will go over all of your breastfeeding questions and lay the foundation for getting you off to a good start. If you had a rocky first experience with an older child, this is a great opportunity to troubleshoot and prepare for the second go round.

Breastfeeding consults last about two hours and can be virtual or in your home.

Breastfeeding is normal, and yet it can be challenging. Sometimes families need help. Either virtually, using my secure, online portal MilkNotes, or in your home, I work with you, your support team, and your baby/babies until you feel like you’ve figured things out. I’m experienced with helping parents with sore nipples, engorged breasts, fussy babies, babies who won’t latch, slow weight gain, low milk supply, pumping, oversupply, and the baby (or parent) who are just a hot mess and need a compassionate, listening ear.

My goal is to help you identify your breastfeeding or chestfeeding goals and to help you reach them in the most practical and pragmatic way possible. I have a specific interest and focus on families with low milk supply. Low milk supply can result from many things– breast augmentation or reduction, medical conditions, or birth interventions. Sometimes the cause is impossible to pinpoint. I am fascinated with teasing out the cause of low milk supply to target treatment properly. Gently helping families come to terms with low milk supply and with feeding their baby in many different ways is something I truly cherish. In contrast, I have a lot of interest in and experience with oversupply. Whatever you throw at me, I can help.

Families often call me a few days after their baby is born when breast tissue is painfully engorged. I have specific, hands on training in relieving severe edema. It is incredibly rewarding to walk in to a visit when a baby can’t latch to an uncomfortable, swollen breast, and walk out leaving behind a baby suckling contentedly and a smiling parent!

I also specialize in identifying likely tongue and lip tie and connecting families with practitioners who can diagnose and treat it.

Breastfeeding support in your home or virtually

My schedule is extremely flexible and I can almost always see you within a few days, including Sundays and major holidays. I do not work from Friday night to Saturday night, and I do not work on Jewish holidays. I serve all of King County from West Seattle to Sammammish, Des Moines and Federal Way to Shoreline, Vashon and Bainbridge, and all spots in between. I do live on “West Seattle Island,” so I may encourage a virtual appointment if you live in, say, Edmonds. I have colleagues all over the city and I love matching people up with another amazing IBCLC if I can’t help you.

I’m in network with Aetna and they normally cover up to six visits. If you are not in network with Aetna, text 206 353 9334 for the fees for in person vs virtual visits.

I charge on a sliding scale, so if you honestly can’t afford my fee, I’m happy to work out a fee structure or payment plan that works for you. Families who have been affected by the pandemic, just say so.

Contact me for breastfeeding help!

Text or email me: betsy@betsysbabyservices.com; 206-353-9334. Let’s be honest, I don’t answer the phone. Every time I answer the phone, it’s someone wanting to update my website. Text me. I can’t wait to meet your family.

Please enjoy this really old video of me from before I started using inclusive language. It was a great haircut, though.

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