Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at an appointment with a Lactation Consultant?

You can expect your lactation consultant to offer a full breastfeeding assessment pertinent to your situation. This assessment includes: 

Mother

  • Full health, lifestyle, pregnancy, and birth history as it pertains to lactation.

  • Breast and nipple examination to assess structure and functionality, including glandular abnormalities, breast lumps, infections, engorgement, mastitis etc.

  • Identification of breast or nipple conditions that might affect breastfeeding, such as flat or inverted nipples, cracked nipples, blisters, scar tissue from piercings or surgery.

  • Milk assessment relative to your stage of lactation (colostrum, transitional milk, and mature milk), including volume assessment (as needed) and transfer to your baby or volume expressed.

Infant

  • A complete oral examination to assess development, anatomy, and suckling ability.

  • Urine Output/Bowel movement assessment.

  • Feeding history and assessment.

  • Weight checks (if required).

Feeding

  • A complete feeding assessment, including the evaluation and discussion of supplements.

  • Positioning and attachment guidance.

Follow Up

  • You will receive a comprehensive care plan and supporting documentation/articles specific to your breastfeeding concerns (if relevant).

  • You are welcome to contact us to discuss how your care plan is working for you up to 3 days after the appointment.

  • Some breastfeeding situations require multiple visits and additional consultations might be suggested.

  • Documentation will be sent to your doctor/healthcare provider as needed.

  • You will receive an Invoice to file with Medicare/health fund for reimbursement.

Your lactation consultant is a professional and a part of your family's health care network,  however, our approach is anything but clinical.  During your consultation, you can expect a warm, relaxed approach to your breastfeeding situation.  The goal is to normalise any breastfeeding issues and to help fit breastfeeding into your day-to-day life.  Adelaide Lactation Consultants will work with you and your baby to develop a care plan for breastfeeding that is individualised and realistic for your situation.

My baby is having difficulty feeding.  How many appointments will it take to solve the problem?

With a proper assessment and accurate advice most breastfeeding problems can be rectified during one appointment.  However sometimes breastfeeding problems may take subsequent appointments to fully rectify the problem or at the very least give you the proper tools/education to deal with it yourself.  Adelaide Lactation Consultants is about empowering women and making their breastfeeding journey one to enjoy.

I have seen a Lactation Consultant after giving birth, but I am still having problems.  How will an appointment with Adelaide Lactation Consultants help me?

Having a private in-home personalised appointment at a mutually agreeable time that is specific to your situation means that most breastfeeding issues can be resolved for you.  Adelaide Lactation Consultants are highly skilled professionals who can provide you with the skills and knowledge to ensure as smooth transition as you navigate through breastfeeding your newborn.  The majority of your time breastfeeding will be done in your home, so where better to have your appointment!

How do I pay for my visit with Adelaide Lactation Consultants?

We accept cash or direct deposit as means of payment.  Payment is expected in full at the completion of your appointment and a receipt for Medicare/Health Fund will be issued.  If paying via Direct Deposit a reference number needs to be shown to the Lactation Consultant at the time of appointment.  We also offer the ability to pay for your consultation up front with our online booking system or just the 50% required deposit.