When would I call a lactation consultant?
The most common calls I receive are babies who are not latching (either at all or inconsistently), moms who have painful nipples and babies who are not gaining well. Often these three things happen all at the same time and it’s because they have the same root cause: a latch that isn’t allowing the baby drink effectively at the breast (even though it may “look fine”). Babies may range from a day or two old to several months old. The next most common set of questions are related to pain and infection not specifically in the nipple, followed by families who have specific medical concerns (genetic conditions, premature birth, maternal medications).
How much do you charge?
Please see our price list for breastfeeding services, including classes and home visit fees. Travel time from Mississauga may be charged. I accept cash, cheques and Paypal.
Are your services covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately, not at this time. Some insurance plans may cover all or part of the cost of private Lactation Consultant Services by an IBCLC. I also offer a sliding fee scale where paying for care is a hardship – please email or call for details.
Do you rent breast pumps?
No – the area I service has a large number of pump rental options. If you need a breast pump, I maintain a list of the places you can rent a pump and I am happy to help you learn how to use your pump effectively for your needs.
Do you sell other breastfeeding devices (nipple shields, tubing, etc…)?
Generally, where these types of devices are required as part of your care plan, I provide them as part of my fee. Where they are not included, you have the option of purchasing them through me or through other retailers.
Do you do appointments on the weekend?
Yes. Appointments are available on the weekends and in the evening.
What is your cancellation policy?
Appointments made in advance should be rescheduled or cancelled within 24 hours. A fee of 50% of the scheduled service will be assessed for appointments cancelled within 24 hours. For urgent appointments (within 24 hours), please allow as much time as possible.
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