Breastfeeding Checkups

As an IBCLC, I see many parents looking for help AFTER trouble with breastfeeding has led them to my services. This is very helpful, and in the process of working with families to meet their goals, we can usually overcome the difficulties that they encounter.

However, all parents - even those for whom breastfeeding is going well - have questions!
That means it’s time for:

The Breastfeeding Checkup….

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And, so much more!

Have a personalized visit in the comfort of your home - lengthy enough to check latch, know how much milk your baby is drinking, work with various positions, answer many of your questions, AND have follow-up time by text, email, or phone to continue refining your plan. Initial and follow-up visits are coverable by most insurance policies as preventative care. And, even if your policy doesn’t fully cover your visit, consider paying out of pocket for this valuable information.

Evidence-Based Resources for Breastfeeding and More


Combat Misinformation and learn more info by referring to our favorite evidenced-based resources:

How to Start Pumping (in the early weeks & on!)


If breastfeeding (supply, latch, etc) is going well, it is not necessary to pump in the early weeks - exclusive breastfeeding is all that’s needed to feed your baby and raise/maintain supply.  However, if you are having breastfeeding problems it is essential that you pump or hand express (see above) many times a day to keep your supply flowing.

Here are some helpful pumping resources to help you get started:

  • In the early days, Hand Expression is more effective for collecting colostrum to feed a baby that needs supplementing - see our earlier blog post on this topic!

  • If a baby is not latching, pumping is an effective way to provide stimulation for your supply. If a newborn is expected to nurse 8-12 times per day, double pumping 8 times per day is an effective way to tell your baby that your baby needs milk frequently. This will help bring your full milk supply in.

  • This is very informative video from Stanford Medical Center - How to use your hands for massage while pumping. Using your hands for massage before, during and after pumping sessions is very effective.

  • A handy guide on how to fit flanges properly to your breasts - properly fitted flanges allow for the most comfort and best flow of milk.

  • A fantastic interview about flange fitting and pumping with Dee Kassing on the Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast

  • Finally, many people find that adding lubrication to their areola helps so much with flange fit and comfort (which can sometimes help you increase vacuum!). Non-lanolin nipple balms are a good option (lanolin is too sticky for this purpose!). Or, organic olive oil or coconut oil can also be used. All are generally regarded as safe for babies but always read ingredients and consider your own family history of allergy.

If you are having problems that require you to pump in the early days, or if you want to learn more about pumping for return to work or exclusively pumping - make an appointment to go over pump function, flange fit, ideas for increasing supply, planning for return to work, exclusive pumping planning, and all aspects of planning for any amount of pumping.