4 top things to know about a virtual lactation consultation
The first few weeks of parenthood is a very special and exciting time. Baby and mother are just beginning to learn each other, and it’s not uncommon to experiences some bumps along the road to successful infant feeding. Research shows that families who receive breast/chestfeeding support are more likely to reach their feeding goals.
A virtual lactation consult can help provide extra guidance that a family needs and provides more information and assistance than just a phone call, and it can be done conveniently from the comfort of your home.
How can lactation consultants help?
This is where International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) come in. These specialists are trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby and can assist families experiencing breast/chestfeeding challenges including latching difficulties, painful nursing and low milk production.
To set up a virtual lactation counseling appointment, contact Ochsner Lactation Services at 504-842-5210.
How does it work?
You can connect to an lactation consultant via a private, secure video connection from your home tablet or mobile phone through the MyOchsner app.
During the visit, our compassionate IBCLC’s will do a thorough history and assessment of you and your baby as well as offer evidence-based information to address any challenges you have. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and practice new techniques.
Following the virtual visit, the summary and care instructions will be available to you via MyOchsner, Ochsner’s secure patient portal website
Consultation topics include...
- Prenatal breast/chestfeeding education
- Latching issues
- Sore nipples
- Bottle feeding issues
- Slow weight gain
- Pumping / returning to work
- Low milk supply
How much does it cost?
The patient’s insurance will be billed for the virtual visit. Contact your insurance provider for covered benefits.