Does this sound like you?
You thought breastfeeding would come naturally, but now you're in pain?!?
You made a plan to breastfeed, and now you're supplementing or unable to get your baby to feed the way that you envisioned?!?
You're have to go back to work soon and have to idea how to get enough milk ready to leave at daycare for your baby?!?
Your baby won't take a bottle, cup or or anything but you and you NEED them to asap!?!
Stop stressing. Stop guessing. Stop getting bad advice from the internet.
Get practical, non-judgmental, expert help so that you can meet YOUR goals.
Sure, breastfeeding is natural. But it doesn't always come naturally to many of us. When caregivers start having challenges, they often wait far too long to get the help they need. Maybe it's because they saw a Lactation Consultant in the hospital and got the thumbs up. Maybe someone told them that it's normal for nursing to hurt. Maybe it's because they've had negative experiences with lactation professionals in the past. Maybe someone said something that instilled doubts about their ability to breastfeed successfully. Maybe they don't want to exclusively breastfeed, but want to do a combination or something else entirely.
Maybe it's because they just don't know that there is help out there.
Our Lactation services are inclusive, practical, uplifting, and goal oriented. We base our services around YOUR feeding goals, whatever they may be. You Lactation Professional is part of your team and is there to help you feed more comfortably, help your baby gain weight, to provide education about lactation basics that will help you in your journey, but most importantly she's there to HELP YOU ROCK YOUR PARENTING JOURNEY. You'll leave your appointment feeling like you have a practical, easy to follow plan of action and that you have a cheerleader in your corner to help you along the way.
Our Lactation team has decades of experience in:
Feeding after breast or chest surgery | Feeding after Cesarean or traumatic birth | Feeding while Babywearing | Chestfeeding | Engorgement | Exclusive pumping | Induced lactation/re-lactation | Jaundice | Latching difficulties/breast avoidance | LGBTQI families | Low milk supply | Mastitis | Medically Complex Infants | Medications and breastfeeding | Nipple pain, cracks, blisters, inverted nipples | Oversupply | Premature and late preterm infants | Pumping and milk storage | Supplementation | Tandem nursing | Thrush | Weaning- Parent-led and Baby-led
Menu of Feeding Services
To book, please call (314) 332-2582 during our regular business hours
Comprehensive Lactation Consultation
$150- Out of Network Office Visits
$180- Out of Network In Home Visits (plus mileage outside of St. Louis City)
Our Lactation Consultation is the gold standard in breastfeeding services. You will meet with our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is also a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, who still practices in NICUs in St. Louis and Florida and serves as an expert consultant for organizations nationwide. She will perform a health history and physical assessment of parent and baby, including infant oral and neuromuscular assessment. She will observe parent and baby feeding, and assist with any positioning, latch, or other issues that may help improve feeding sessions and milk transfer. She performs a pre and post feed weight, if the issue warrants this. She will help you optimize feeding techniques and is able to manage more complex situations and concerns. She will work closely with you to define your feeding goals and help to create an easy to understand and practical care plan. She will communicate with your primary provider/s as needed and will make any necessary community or healthcare referrals.
Appointments may last anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on your needs. A 30 minute phone follow up is included within a week after the appointment. While many of our clients will only need one session to get off on the right foot, we will recommend follow up appointments for some clients, depending on the care plan, which range from $90-$125 per out of network session. Payment is required during booking to secure your appointment.
We will provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurer for out of network reimbursement, but we do not guarantee any reimbursement and recommend that you contact your insurance company before booking your appointment to review your out of network benefits for seeing a Nurse Practitioner for feeding issues
Infant Feeding Consultation
$150- Out of Network Office Visit
$185- Out of Network Home Visit (plus mileage)
The #1 rule of parenting a baby is... feed the baby!
No matter how a caregiver wants to feed their baby, we support you! Whether you need help with an exclusive pumping plan, supplementation plan, day weaning support and guidance, creating a night weaning plan, formula preparation help, bottle feeding introduction and lesson, or any other feeding related questions, we're here to help!
Kathy, 30+ year baby expert and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, has helped with every feeding issue under the sun from micro preemies to toddlers, and she can help you to overcome any challenges that you may be facing, while giving you the confidence in all of your future feeding! This appointment typically lasts around an hour, depending on the presenting concern.
We do recommend bringing any other primary caregivers with you to this appointment if possible.
Back to Work Consultation
$125- Out of Network Office Visit
$165- Out of Network Home Visit (plus mileage)
The days are too quickly approaching... it's time to return to work. This can be a bittersweet time for new parents. One of the biggest stressors for breastfeeding caregivers is how they are going to juggle pumping, feeding, bottles, and maintaining their supply. Kathy, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/IBCLC, and 30+ year baby expert, who also breastfed and pumped for her babies while working grueling 24 hour hospital shifts, can help ease some of that stress. She will help to create an easy to follow and reasonable plan (based on YOUR goals) to build a freezer stash, increase supply if needed, will familiarize you with your pump and check it for function and fit, will discuss proper storage, handling, and preparation, will demonstrate paced bottle feeding techniques, and help to introduce a bottle if that hasn't been done yet, and will discuss your legal rights within the state of Missouri. Moms tell us that this truly helped their transition going back to work. Feel free to bring a partner, caregiver, nanny, or sitter if you'd like to them to learn proper breastmilk handling and feeding.