Baby Steps Health Centre only employs International Board Certified Lactation Consultants(IBCLC). The gold standard in lactation support. An IBCLC will provide you with evidence based information, understanding, strategies, tools and confidence.
Whether you are pregnant, fully breastfeeding, partially breastfeeding, expressing, or bottle feeding, our midwives, child health nurses and lactation consultant can offer support and assistance. Our Lactation Consultants specialise in position and attachment issues.
With our onsite Women's Health Physiotherapists, we can coordinate your care and treatment to ensure you have a fast recovery and feel supported by professionals who care about your breastfeeding goals.
Your visit may take up to 90 minutes and ideally a full feeding will be observed. You might like to adjust feed times to ensure your baby will be willing to feed during the visit, but not too hungry. Parents are encouraged to bring a list of written questions to discuss during the consult.
What to expect during a visit with a Baby Steps Lactation Consultant:
- Take a full history of your breastfeeding journey, including details of the birth and any previous breastfeeding experience
- Check how your baby looks and acts
- Check your breasts and nipples
- Watch your baby breastfeed and offer help with positioning if you need it
- Show you how to tell when your baby is latched and feeding well
- Check your baby’s weight naked to get an accurate weight
- Weigh your baby before and after breastfeeding to measure milk intake
- Do a full oral assessment – this involves putting a finger in your baby’s mouth to check your baby’s suck and assessing for tongue and lip ties * an IBCLC cannot diagnose tongue ties but may make comment about any restriction of the tongue and lip and its possible impact on breastfeeding.
Our Lactation Consultants are registered providers with some Health Funds and you may be able to claim a rebate for their services. Please contact BUPA, NIB, HCF, HIF, CBHS or Teachers Health Fund to find out what you are entitled to.
- Position and attachment
- Oversupply and engorgement
- Pain while feeding
- Cracked nipples
- Low supply
- Flat/inverted nipples
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