Frequently Asked Questions

  • What services does Stanton Lactation & Feeding Therapy offer?

    At SLFT, we offer convenient in-home and virtual appointments, allowing you to receive our expert services from the comfort of your own home. Our range of services includes prenatal consultations, postpartum consultations, and personalized follow-up appointments tailored to your specific requirements.

  • What makes Stanton Lactation & Feeding Therapy unique?

    I specialize in addressing intricate feeding challenges such as tongue/lip ties, oral dysfunction, low milk supply, reflux, fussy babies, slow weight gain, supplementation and other lactation related issues. My extensive training surpasses basic education and counseling, setting my services apart from others in this field.

  • What can I expect from an in-home lactation consultation?

    I will assess your unique situation, listen to your concerns, and we will develop a tailored plan to help you achieve your feeding goals. I will provide you with evidence-based information and guidance on feeding techniques, positioning, latching and signs your baby is feeding well. I can also offer advice on pumping, milk storage, return to work, and transitioning to solid foods.

  • What days are your services available?

    My services, both in-home and virtual, are available seven days a week for your convenience.

  • How can a virtual lactation consultation help me?

    Virtual consultations make lactation support more accessible to families in remote or rural areas who may not have easy access to in-person lactation consultants. This eliminates the need for travel and saves time, making it more convenient for busy parents. Virtual consultations offer greater flexibility in scheduling appointments, allowing parents to find a time that suits their needs and availability. This is particularly beneficial for busy schedules or those who may have difficulty leaving their homes.

  • How can an IBCLC assist formula feeding families?

    An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can provide valuable assistance and support to formula feeding parents. While IBCLCs are primarily trained in breastfeeding support, they also possess knowledge and expertise that can benefit formula feeding families. Here are some ways an IBCLC can assist formula feeding parents:

    1. Education and Information: IBCLCs can provide comprehensive information about formula feeding, including different types of formulas, proper preparation techniques, and safe bottle feeding practices. They can compare formula brands based on the ingredients, discuss any potential allergy concerns, and address any questions or misconceptions parents may have.
    2. Individualized Guidance: Formula feeding can sometimes be challenging, especially for new parents. An IBCLC can offer personalized guidance on how to choose the right formula for their baby’s specific needs, taking into consideration factors like age, health conditions, and dietary restrictions. They can also provide guidance on feeding schedules, appropriate amounts, and techniques to minimize common issues such as gas or reflux.
    3. Troubleshooting and Problem-solving: If parents encounter difficulties with formula feeding, an IBCLC can help identify and address the underlying issues. Whether it’s a baby struggling to feed, difficulty latching onto the bottle, or concerns about feeding cues, an IBCLC can assess the situation, offer suggestions, and help troubleshoot the problem.
    4. Emotional Support: Transitioning to formula feeding can be an emotional experience for some parents. An IBCLC can provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space for parents to share their feelings, concerns, and anxieties. They can offer emotional support, reassurance, and resources to help parents navigate the challenges and adjustments that come with formula feeding.
    5. Referrals and Resources: IBCLCs have extensive networks and resources within the maternal and infant health community. They can refer formula feeding parents to appropriate healthcare providers, support groups, or community resources that specialize in formula feeding. This ensures that parents have access to the necessary support and guidance beyond their consultations with the IBCLC.

    It’s important to remember that an IBCLC’s role is to support and respect parents’ choices regarding how they feed their baby. Whether a parent chooses to breastfeed, formula feed, or a combination of both, an IBCLC can offer valuable assistance, guidance, and support throughout their parenting journey.

  • Myths about Lactation Consultants

    1. Lactation consultants are only for those who cannot breastfeed: One common myth about lactation consultants is that they are only helpful for parents who are experiencing difficulties in breastfeeding. However, lactation consultants can provide support and guidance to all parents, regardless of their breastfeeding experience. They can help with various aspects of infant feeding, such as establishing a good latch, increasing milk supply, resolving pain or discomfort, introducing a bottle, and addressing any concerns or questions that parents may have.

    2. Lactation consultants are judgmental and pushy: Another misconception is that lactation consultants are judgmental or pushy towards parents who choose not to breastfeed. In reality, lactation consultants are trained professionals who respect the parent’s individual choices and support them in making informed decisions about feeding their baby. They provide non-judgmental and evidence-based information, allowing parents to make the best choice for themselves and their baby.

    3. Lactation consultants are only needed during the early days: Some people believe that lactation consultants are only necessary during the first few days or weeks after giving birth. However, lactation consultants can be valuable resources throughout the infant feeding journey, even if challenges arise later on. They can help with issues such as returning to work while breastfeeding, introducing solids, managing feeding problems, weaning, or addressing any new concerns that may arise.

    4. Lactation consultants are expensive. According to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. At this time our services are self-pay. We will provide a superbill to you after the visit. Submitting a superbill to your insurance company is a process where you can seek reimbursement for the medical services you received as a self-pay patient. A superbill is a detailed invoice that includes the services provided, their costs, and any other relevant information that your insurance company may require.

    5. Lactation consultants are only for first-time parents: This myth assumes that experienced mothers don’t need lactation support. However, each feeding experience is unique, and even those who have breastfed before may encounter new challenges or have different circumstances with subsequent children. Each pregnancy, labor, delivery, and feeding journey is unique. Lactation consultants can offer guidance, reassurance, and troubleshooting for any new parent, regardless of their previous breastfeeding experience.

    Remember, lactation consultants are there to provide professional support and guidance to help parents achieve their feeding goals. They play a crucial role in promoting successful and enjoyable feeding experiences for both parents and their babies.

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