Do I Need An Appointment?

Many parents have questions and challenges after a new baby joins the family, especially when feeding issues are present. You may desire a consult to obtain reassurance and peace of mind that everything is going well, or you may have specific concerns that can benefit from specialized help. 

The following are some issues commonly addressed during a lactation consultation with an IBCLC, however each visit is always individualized to your needs:

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  • Painful breastfeeding
  • Low milk production
  • Tongue tie, lip tie, or other anatomical issues
  • Returning to work
  • Slow infant weight gain
  • Supplementation
  • Baby transitioning from NICU to home
  • Twins/multiples
  • Pumping and expressing milk
  • Cracked nipples
  • Jaundice
  • Baby fussy at breast
  • Reflux
  • Mastitis or thrush
  • History of breast surgeries
  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby
  • Re-lactation

What to Expect

North Star Wellness is conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona (off of Val Vista and Baseline, near the US60).

Initial office appointments are scheduled for 90 minutes and generally include: 

  • Review of the pre-appointment questionnaires and paperwork, including medical history and other pertinent information
  • Observation of a feeding
  • Weighing the baby naked, as well as before and after nursing, to determine milk transfer
  • Answering your questions and addressing concerns you are experiencing
  • Assessment of baby's oral anatomy and structure
  • Assessment of mother's anatomy
  • Experimenting with different nursing positions and techniques
  • Instruction about any breastfeeding tools and devices used, including pump parts and flange sizes
  • Creation of a care plan specific to your needs, goals, and lifestyle

Breastfeeding is not a one-size-fits-all experience, and it is normal to have new questions arise as time goes on.  Follow-up consults are always available and recommended, especially for complex feeding issues that require close, in-person attention.  

After your appointment, you will receive an email alerting you that your visit summary is available for you to access in your patient portal. This summary will include the details of the care plan we discussed together, as well as any recommended resources or referrals.

Most breastfeeding issues benefit from a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. To facilitate this comprehensive care, I will communicate with your other care providers and fax them a summary of my notes from our visit.