Lactation consulting virtually, or in your home

Parent nursing in bed with dog chaos.Lactation Consulting is helpful for parents who are having feeding challenges. Seems like feeding a baby should be simple — insert part A into part B, and voila, food, right? Sometimes, the first days and weeks of breastfeeding can be difficult.

It also seems like challenges crop up in the middle of the night, on weekends, and on holidays. My business model is baby centered: contact me when you have the problem. Don’t wait for it to magically resolve, or for the office to open. Text me at 206 353 9334 or drop me an email or fill out the contact form.  If I can’t see you within a few days, I will help you find a colleague who can. I do not work Friday afternoon through Saturday night.

Common Concerns

I have been a La Leche League Leader since 2002, helping families at meetings, on the phone and at home with everything from cracked and bleeding nipples, plugged ducts, engorgement, mastitis, low milk supply, tongue tie, oversupply, adoptive breastfeeding, nursing post-cesarean, chestfeeding, and nursing twins, to tandem nursing siblings of different ages, introducing solids, toddler nursing, and weaning.  I was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.   I combine my experience and pragmatic, loving support with a sense of humor to make breastfeeding and chestfeeding the joyful, normal part of your life that it should be.

Logistics

The visit covers your primary challenge, but I am happy to answer as many lactation and baby related questions as I am able to. Lactation visits are typically at least two hours. If I see through our visit that you need follow up care with a breastfeeding doctor or physical therapist, I will refer you to an appropriate care provider.

As we chat I’ll take notes so that you have at least a partial care plan ready when I walk out the door. I will refine your care plan within 24 hours, which you’ll be able to see in your patient portal. I’ll fax a complete report to your health care provider and pediatrician.

I am very comfortable serving families of every demographic and sexual orientation, including transgender families.

Areas Served

I serve families throughout King County, including North Seattle, Central District, South End, Downtown Seattle, Magnolia, Rainier Valley, Madison Park, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Lake City, Columbia City, Crown Hill, Queen Anne, Northgate, Haller Lake, Greenwood, Windermere, Hillman City, Holly Park, Seward Park, Leschi, Ballard, Loyal Heights, Madison, Madrona, Matthews Beach, Montlake, Beacon Hill, Phinney Ridge, Renton, Sand Point, Seward Park, University District, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgwood, Shoreline, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Newcastle, Hunt’s Point, Burien, Sea Tac, Skyway, Des Moines, East Hill-Meridian, and Vashon Island (toll ferry additional).  Travel charges ($25) may apply for travel more than 30 minutes outside of West Seattle. Since I am on West Seattle Island, I may suggest a virtual visit if you live super far away, or help you find a visit with one of my wonderful colleagues who lives closer to you.

Fees & Insurance

I am an in-network provider with Aetna and am pleased to offer up to six visits completely covered for Aetna clients, including a prenatal class if desired. Nordstroms, Starbucks and Costco are among the local employers who offer Aetna insurance. Please check to make sure I am in your network before we schedule. A small co-pay may apply. Tricare says they will cover my visits, please check with your plan to ensure.

Premera BCBS via Amazon and Microsoft are supposed to reimburse when I give you a Superbill. So far, some of my clients have actually been reimbursed.

Other care plans may say they cover, but they normally only cover licensed providers like doctors and nurses who may or may not have advanced lactation training and may not be Board Certified in lactation. Ask specifically if I am in your network.

 I charge on a sliding scale. I accept Venmo, FSA, HSA, cash, check, credit, debit, and PayPal. $5 fee may apply to credit payments.

Courtesy fees for cash clients:

First home visit in home: $250 (Telehealth: $225)

Follow up visit in home: $200  (Telehealth $175)

Prenatal in home, including hands-on teaching colostrum expression: $175 (Telehealth $150)

Travel fee for areas outside range: $25-30. I’m in West Seattle, so parts of South Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, Sammamish, Newcastle, Shoreline may incur travel fee. Bainbridge and Vashon include travel fee and you pay the ferry fee as well. 

Please ask about the sliding scale.

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