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

Comprehensive Lactation Consultation

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$150- Out of Network Office Visits
$180- Out of Network In Home Visits (plus mileage outside of St. Louis City)


**We are temporarily only accepting self- pay clients. We will begin accepting insurance covered clients in early fall

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

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.

Infant Feeding Consultation

$125- Out of Network Office Visit
$165- 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.
 

We do not currently accept insurance for this type of appointment but will provide a Superbill for out of network reimbursement. However, we cannot guarantee reimbursement. Payment is required during booking to secure your appointment.

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. 

We do not currently accept insurance for this type of appointment but will provide a Superbill for out of network reimbursement. However, we cannot guarantee reimbursement. Payment is required during booking to secure your appointment.



 

Babywearing Consultations

$100-Office visit

We make babywearing easy, understandable, fun, and personalized to your lifestyle!

We do not live in a culture that has passed down babywearing through the generations. Carrier options are vast and many in big box stores are not ergonomic or comfortable. Many parents are left feeling overwhelmed when researching carrier options or how to use them. There is truly no substitute for one on one instruction with a knowledgeable and caring mentor. Our goal is to give parents and caregivers specialized instruction, in our beautiful parenting center so that they can become more proficient and confident in carrying their baby. We work closely with our clients to ensure we fully understand their particular needs so that we can provide the tools necessary for stress free success!

This is the gold standard in babywearing help. This is ideal for caregivers who aren't sure where to start when it comes to babywearing, how to choose a carrier, or how to ensure optimal safety with their child or caregivers who have a carrier or multiple carriers that they're not sure how to use properly or safely. 

Topics covered may include:

Topics for babies 6 months + may include

  • Learning to hip carry
  • Learning to back carry
  • Getting your carrier comfortable
  • Ensuring optimal fit and use in your carrier
  • Minimizing fall risk as your child grows
  • Learning strategies to keep cool with carrying.
  • Feeding in a carrier and on the go
  • Determining weight and height limits for your carrier
  • Trying on other carrier styles suited for older babies and toddlers
  • The many benefits of using a carrier (great for skeptical partners or grandparents)
  • Planning and implementation of early and ongoing skin to skin and/or Kangaroo Care
  • Optimal positioning
  • Hip & spine development and how to best support it with your carrier
  • Safety- airway, breathing, positioning, how to identify that the carrier or carry is safe and secure
  • Carrier party! If you choose, we'll try on several styles of carriers including woven wraps, ring slings, and soft structured carriers to see what may work best for you and your baby
  • Types of carriers ideal for your baby's current and future developmental stages
  • How to increase your comfort level
  • New carries- you will master 1-2 new carries, dependent on your carrier type
  • Troubleshoot any challenges you've been having with your carrier
  • Safe carrier use for families with special concerns such as premature babies, babies with medical diagnosis, babies with hip dysplasia, parents with disabilities or mobility restrictions, and more. 

 

 

 

Professional Car Seat Consultation

75-95% of car seats are improperly installed or are being used incorrectly. 

That means there's a pretty good chance that yours is too!

As many car seats as we've worked with over the years, we can attest that to be an accurate statistic. And we are out to change that. Our clients tell us that after their consultation, they felt like car seat experts themselves.

Our goal is that every one of our clients leaves feeling like they can install their car seat in any car and that they know the ins and outs of vehicle safety. We don't install it for you. We teach you the essentials to keeping your baby safe.

You'll meet with our Child Passenger Safety Technician and baby expert for a 45-90 minute session which will include a safety assessment, car seat assessment, tour of your car seat's features, hands on skill building using the seat, tour of your car's features and installation options, education on everything you need to know about car seat safety, and then she will work with you to master installation and use in your vehicle/s. 

Can't I just take it to the fire department? Sure, you can take it to a fire department. Maybe there will be a CPST there, maybe not since many are phasing these programs out. If there is one there, chances are they'll install it for you and you'll be on your way. But what happens when you need to move the seat to vacuum the car? Or put the seat in a babysitter's car? Or go on a trip? Will you know what to do?

Some of the thing you'll learn

  • If you have made errors in your past installations, no judgment here, but we'll help identify what went wrong
  • How to install your car seat with LATCH and seat belt and in any car (traveling soon? this is essential!)
  • How to know if your seat is at the correct angle
  • What happens in a crash and why proper use matters so much
  • About the difference between rear facing and forward facing and when to turn your child
  • The safest location for your child in your vehicle
  • What all those straps, buttons, and dangling doohickeys are for!
  • Exactly how YOUR specific seat works, when it expires (yes, they expire!) and when your child can progress to a new one
  • About all of the safety restraints you'll need throughout your child's life
  • Tips and tricks to making putting your child in easier and quicker
  • How to make sure your child is the safest they can be during every trip!
  • Are those fuzzy bear strap covers you got on Etsy really safe?

Other topics the CPST can cover with you

  • Travel tips and safety recommendations
  • Cleaning instructions
  • How to keep your child warm in the winter without putting them at risk
  • Aftermarket products- the good, the bad, the ugly 
  • Using your infant car seat outside of the car (did you know there are guidelines and not following them can put your baby at risk??)

WHAT ELSE YOU'll RECEIVE:

Unlimited adults can attend- We recommend bringing ANYONE that may be driving your child in the near future, even if just once. Please just give us the heads up if you're bringing more than 2 total people so we can plan time accordingly.

Visual cheat sheet for your car- You'll also leave with our exclusive Visual Safety Cheat Sheet that you can put in your glove compartment for your reference if someone else drives your child (trust us, this will come in handy)

Access to our car seat installation videos- Stuck in an airport parking lot and forgot what we showed you? No problem, pull up our step by step demo videos to help you find your way and get the seat in securely

Follow Up- You receive free follow up for 30 days. Something seem funky with your seat? Did you decide that you want it to be in another spot? Did you mess up a reinstall? You'll receive a complimentary follow up mini session within 30 days of your consultation.