Frequently Asked Questions:
Are you located locally?
A: Yes we service Las Vegas and all surrounding areas. If your visit requires a travel time of more than 30 minutes we may request that you pay a travel fee. We will also consider making special arrangements and pricing for long distance travel requests, especially in the case of our post surrogate and adoptive parents.
Can you tell me if this medication/herb/tea is safe to take while breastfeeding?
A: We cannot tell you whether any of these things are safe to take, but we can help you find evidence based information to aid in your discussion about medications with your doctor. A good place to start finding some of this information is Dr. Hale's Infant Risk Hotline https://www.infantrisk.com/. If you are still having concerns or questions we would be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you to look at your specific needs and questions.
Medications can also be looked up at https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/pda/lactmed.htm
I've never breastfed before, how should I prepare?
A: For optimal breastfeeding outcomes, it is highly encouraged to start prenatally with breastfeeding classes and a one-on-one prenatal consultation. It is at that consultation that we can create a plan specific to you and your family's needs. Additional advice would be to read, read, read. Educating yourself also helps you to be your own advocate. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and https://kellymom.com/ are two great places to start.
How much pain is normal?
A: If you are in pain at any point during your breastfeeding journey, it's a good idea to see an IBCLC so we can do a full assessment and figure out why and make a plan based on our findings. Breastfeeding should not hurt!
How long should I breastfeed for?
A: This is completely up to you and breastfeeding for as long as both mom and baby desire is encouraged since the health benefits of breastfeeding (for both mom and baby) are dose dependent. The World health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first two years and beyond with complementary solid food starting at six months of age. http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/
What is an IBCLC?
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or IBCLC is the highest credential in the lactation field and it is internationally recognized. IBCLCs are certified through International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) and must meet specific requirements in order to hold the title. For more information on how to become an IBCLC visit: https://iblce.org/
What is the IBCLC Scope of Practice?
The IBCLC Scope of Practice helps everyone to understand his or her professional boundaries. An IBCLC cannot diagnose a disease or condition and will refer to the appropriate provider when necessary. For more information please see: https://iblce.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/scope-of-practice.pdf