Are you having challenges breastfeeding, expressing, or simply getting your baby to feed well? At Baby Steps, we can help.
Our Lactation Consultant - Jenny Lynn is available at our centre or we can arrange a visit in the comfort of your own home. We can offer excellent practical advice to help prevent complications and distress.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the gold standard qualification in lactation support, providing you with evidence-based information, understanding, strategies, tools and confidence.
The Baby Steps advantage means that a clinic visit with our lactation consultant may also include input from the multidisciplinary team, eg prescriptions or medical check for the baby during your visit from our GP. Onsite Women’s Health Physiotherapists can also coordinate care and treatment for breast and nipple care.
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,Medibank Private, HIF, CBHS or Teachers Health Fund to find out what you are entitled to.
- 90 minute home visit $175.00^
- 60 minute home visit $155.00^
^$20 travel if further than 20km from clinic
- 90 minute clinic visit $155.00
- 60 minute clinic visit $135.00
- Position and attachment
- Oversupply and engorgement
- Pain while feeding
- Cracked nipples
- Low supply
- Flat/inverted nipples
"You have no idea how much that meeting just meant to me! I'm basically dancing around my house and messaged mum and my husband to tell them how much better I'm feeling about everything! Looking forward to the email and starting new plan straight away. Finally feel like there is a goal and some clear paths in my very muddled mind. You are a gem!"
Jenny is a Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and past volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
At Baby Steps Health Centre for over two years, since its inception, she led the establishment of a tongue tie clinic and visits families at home all over the Perth Metro area. In the past she has also worked as a lactation consultant in the hospital setting and as a nurse in paediatric and GP clinics as well as in the area of mental health.
Jenny assisted in the organisation of many breastfeeding conferences around Australia over a five-year period while working for Breastfeeding Conferences. She has gained valuable knowledge in the art and science of breastfeeding from attending these conferences, staying up to date with research. She is constantly inspired by the breastfeeding women she works with and has learned a great deal about individual breastfeeding challenges in the 7 years that she has been assisting families with breastfeeding.
She was inspired to help other mothers with breastfeeding after experiencing outdated and undermining breastfeeding advice with her first child. She knows firsthand how much the right information, combined with timely support, can make a difference in helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. She went on to meet her own breastfeeding goals with her second child.
Baby Steps Health Centre is a professional caring service for new families led by experienced GP Obstetricians, Child Health Nurses, and Lactation Consultants supported by Women’s Health Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Paediatric Physiotherapists.
(08) 9387 2844
21/127 Herdsman Parade, Wembley WA 6014