Betsy Hoffmeister, IBCLC — Seattle Lactation Consultant
Breastfeeding is normal, and yet it can be challenging. Sometimes families need help. I come to your home and 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, 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.
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
Email or text me in the middle of the night and I will get back to you by 8 a.m. at the latest. I’m almost always able to make an appointment with you within 24 hours. Often, I can be there within a few hours — and I always, always, always come to your house, so you don’t need to get dressed or pack your diaper bag. Don’t worry about calling me on weekends, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. 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’m in network with Aetna and have a fancy Superbill to help non-Aetna clients get reimbursed by their insurance. For a small additional fee, my insurance billers can help usher the bill through your insurance company, significantly increasing the likelihood you will be reimbursed. Better them than me.
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.
Contact me for breastfeeding help!
Call, text or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-353-9334. I can’t wait to meet your family.