In our ever changing world of technology, wellness support is assuming a new, online face. Help from many professionals can now be found online almost instantaneously. Given the personal nature of breastfeeding, moms have been slower to accept this new online modality. It's true that meeting a lactation consultant in person is ideal not only for mom but also for the consultant. We can learn a lot more by seeing the whole picture. But sometimes meeting in person isn't an option and in some cases, such as prenatal or nutrition appointments, there isn't a real need to meet in person and the benefit of a shorter appointment with a lower fee is ideal.
It allows moms who live in rural areas in-home support from a certified lactation consultant so they can stay at home with their babies.
It saves money - online consults are $50 for an hour and still come with continuous support for the week following.
Without the travel time and physical meeting space we gain freedom to schedule - I can meet you almost anytime from my own home.
Speaking with a professional online rather than searching for information online offers instant confidence and calm during worrisome moments.
What can we cover on Skype?
Online consults are perfect for many situations:
Online consults are not ideal for the following situations but I'd be happy to talk with you until you can meet with someone in person:
When can we Skype?
We can meet any day of the week and almost anytime with the exception of the middle of the night.
How can we Skype?
Skype is a free download for any computer or smartphone. FaceTime for your iphone is also an option as well as G-Chat for gmail accounts. I have met mamas in all of these ways and they all get the job done.
Once you have a preferred method, schedule your appointment online
Next time a question arises, consider adding online consults to your parenting toolbox. It's safe and private, affordable and easy to schedule. Not to mention, it offers a smaller carbon footprint. If it becomes clear that an in-person consult is needed and you live outside of my practice area I will connect you with your nearest resource.
While one of the best perks of my jobs is getting to meet so many sweet babies, I like to know that by providing Skype consults mothers everywhere have an option when an in-home visit may not be feasible. After all breastfeeding happens 24 hours a day.
I'm a mom first. And an IBCLC, aka a certified Lactation Consultant, next. I have a master's degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition and years of experience as a postpartum doula.