What can I expect from a home visit?
A home visit allows you to be in the comfort of your own home, in the place you occupy most. Jamie wants you to feel the most at ease and relaxed, and wants to see exactly what your feedings look like in your space. The visit is not timed so that the focus is on helping you and the baby, and not on the clock.
To set up a home visit, you can call, text, email, or send a message through this site by clicking the contact tab. Once an appointment is set, you and Jamie will discuss a little bit about what is going on and what you'd like to work on at the visit. The visit will be planned around when the baby will have a feeding. Because baby's feeding schedules are unpredictable, Jamie will work around you and the baby, communicating through text so that her arrival is as close as possible to a feeding time. A visit can last 1-3 hours, depending on your personal goals and your baby's needs.
During the visit, Jamie will be observing an entire feeding, using gentle hands-on assistance with the latch and positioning, discussing your medical history and the birth of your baby, examining your baby's mouth and anatomy, and assessing your breasts. Jamie brings a professional infant scale (Marsden 300) to do weighted feedings if needed. She will also assist and help with your pump or bottle, if requested. Together, you will problem solve, try out strategies, techniques, and positions that may be helpful for both of you, and create a plan that you are all comfortable with.
If possible, including your husband, partner, other children, and/or family members in the consult can be very helpful for you.
Jamie accepts cash or check or you can pay through Venmo. At the end of your visit, Jamie will give you a superbill that you can send to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You will be responsible for getting reimbursed and whether or not you are actually reimbursed will depend on your personal insurance plan. You may want to call the Member Services department of your insurance company to find out if they cover Lactation Services (IBCLC) ahead of time.
After your visit with Jamie, you will continue to communicate with her through phone and text as part of the initial fee. Jamie likes to maintain the relationship with you by making sure you are feeling more confident and that the plan you created together is working well for you and the baby.