I am in desperate need of a lactation consultant in the MA area... preferably metrowest, but anywhere! Can you recommend a GREAT one? Also, what should I expect in terms of prices. Someone had recommended Debbie Paige and The Newborn Baby, but they charge $200 a visit. Is that standard? Thanks in advance!
I saw 2 other lactation consultants,plus nurse and midwife tried to help, before her.
After 20 minutes with Debbie I was able to get confidence finally, that my baby could eat and I was able to ditch nipple shields what a relief!! I only had to see her once.
She can give you a receipt to submit to your insurance.
Here is a thread with some recos
You can also ask your pediatricion or doctor to write a perscription for the LC and some insurance companies will reimburse for the visit...you just have to submit the bill with the RX.
Good luck with your issues! You probably know this but there is a bfing section here on MDC that you can talk to folks about what you are going through. I found it a useful resource when I had bfing issues with my early son.
I am in desperate need of a lactation consultant in the MA area... preferably metrowest, but anywhere! Can you recommend a GREAT one?
Also, what should I expect in terms of prices. Someone had recommended Debbie Paige and The Newborn Baby, but they charge $200 a visit. Is that standard? Thanks in advance!
I'm also going to send you a PM with some more information.
I've also heard good things about the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Cafe, and they offer free services. Here's the website: http://www.melrosewakefieldhospital....baby-cafe.html .
Also, have you tried LLL yet? Here's the website to find a leader in your area: http://www.llleus.org/state/Massachusetts.html .
Good luck. I hope you find the help you need!
SAHM to my sweet and lovely DD (7), my curious and fun DS1 (4), and my adventurous and cuddly DS2 (1)!
we used Lucia Jenkins in Malden (??) Mass. I believe she does do house calls, and I think we paid her a little less than what you're quoting, more like $150 or $175. Worth every penny and she spent a long time with us and we turned our baby loosing weight around quickly! Here's one phone # I found online 781-979-MILK. she also does the Melrose-Wakefield Baby Cafe
I have heard great things about Michelle Stolow, but I never saw her myself. She is located in Maynard, and does home visits in many of the metrowest towns. I'm not sure about her rates. Her website is www.frombirth.com .
Me. With 1 spouse, 4 kids, 16 chickens, 74 matchbox cars, 968,562+ legos, a dishwasher waiting to be emptied, a washing machine waiting to be filled and a lost cup of tea in the house.
I wish could agree with Michelle Stolow's recommendation. I used her for one session and I didn't get any assistance with technique, only a plan on how much child needed to eat to sustain her weight. I figured she would call to check in and see how things were going, but she never once called. Looking back, the best support was from my hospital consultants, so unfortunately, I don't have anyone I can recommend.
I don't know if you're willing to drive a bit, but South Shore Hospital has a drop-in breastfeeding support group daily. Check their website, but when I've been I think it's M-F from 1-2. They have a nurse who is a really wonderful LC, and there are a lot of other very supportive mothers who go for advice, or just to hang out.
It might be worth it to hire a dedicated LC, but if you need help ASAP for this service you could show up tomorrow. I've gone with problems with both my older children, and the LC is really knowledgable and helpful.
ETA: They used to have a whole page about it up on their website, but I can't find it anymore. Which worries me, because I can't speak highly enough about this service: it was WONDERFUL. But they do say they still offer it, and to call for more information. http://www.southshorehospital.org/med_services/maternity/maternity_breastfd.htm
A couple of the Isis locations have free drop-in sessions, too. I found them very helpful!
I work with Lucia and Sharon with Baby Cafe (both are great LCs) and I facilitate the second Baby Cafe Tuesday nights in Malden MA with Lucia Jenkins from 5-7pm (I'm there every week, Lucia is there 1st and 3rd tuesdays). The address is 239 Main St Malden MA and it's in the WIC office (although open to the public). This group is still very small and most nights we're able to work one on one. Baby cafe is a free service to any breastfeeding mother. The Melrose Cafe is Wednesday 6-8pm and Friday 10am-12pm and is held at the church of the nazarene on 2 Short St. I am not a Lactation consultant but I am a lactation counselor. Check with your local hospital for LCs too. Before I met Lucia I worked with Janice Palmer (Who is also wonderful BTW) at Winchester Hospital (they also have an outpatient lactation group ) and Wincherster charged me $75 an hour, but actually my insurance picked up the tab and It was a $20 copay :). The same may be true for your local area outpatient LC.
Debbie Paige is the reason my 18 month old and I made it through those first few terrible months, so I am biased. *But* I just wanted to add that at least when I saw her, that $200 fee is just what she charges for a first visit, where she spends 2+ hours with you. I believe follow up visits are less.
I would highly recommend Sherry Spacco. She runs the Breastfeeding clinic at Norwood Hospital. You can call her directly at 781-278-6413. Leave a message and she will get back to you quickly. Today Tuesday 2/8 she is in the Norwood office. She also runs a free breastfeeding group at Newton Wellesley Hospital on Thursdays at 1pm.
For your next baby, you should try Jennifer Fellows @ Milk n' Cookies www.jenniferfellows.com. She is a IBCLC, ultrasound sonographer, CPR instructor, has worked in Ob and with babies for a long time! Plus she does home visits!