During a standard consultation, I identify those factors that are unique to your situation and will affect your breastfeeding. These factors can include anatomy, condition, behaviour, the pregnancy and the birth. Each consultation will be long enough for me to observe a feed and to answers all your questions. In addition to identifying the cause and solutions for potential problems, I will help you to better understand your baby’s language, which will help you to better address her needs.
Based on our meeting, I will help you make a tailored plan, which addresses your specific concerns. Each plan focuses on achieving effective feeds with the best possible interaction between you and your baby. Consultations will not only help you to immediately (better) understand your breastfeeding situation but will also help you to save time and create more balance in the longer term.
An ante-natal consultation is perfect for parents-to-be who want to prepare themselves for breastfeeding and prefer to do so in a one-on-one situation, rather than through a course. This may simply be a preference or due to special circumstances, for instance a (negative) past experience with breastfeeding or breast surgery. During these hour-long consultations, we can address your specific questions, and I will provide you with the information you need to create your own lactation plan.
Back to work
Are you considering combining breastfeeding with work? Often your period of going back to work coincides with a moment of transition for your child. This raises many questions: how to deal with broken nights? How to best deal with the practicalities of expressing at work? This consultation provides you with all the tools you need to re-start your working life in a healthy way while continuing to breastfeed (part time or full time).
A phone consultation is always possible for any questions you may have. However, certain issues – specifically regarding latching and certain pain complaints – may require personal observation, in which case a face-to-face consultation can offer more tailored advice.
Skype / whatsapp
If you do not have access to a lactation specialist because you are living abroad, a consultation may still be possible by taking advantage of communication tools such as Skype or whatsapp. Many years of experience, combined with little video clips and/or live footage, enable me to offer advice even to people abroad. Dutch parents abroad may also prefer to discuss some of these issues in their native language. Of course, consultations in English are also possible. Aside from breastfeeding issues, we can discuss more general issues regarding your baby’s wellbeing during their first year, and the support network you can build for yourself in the absence of family or friends.
Coordination with other caregivers and healthcare providers
Over the years, I have built a large network of care professionals with whom I collaborate (after consulting with you) to provide the best possible care. It is common practice to consult with paediatricians, osteopaths, speech therapists, dieticians and physiotherapists when necessary.
Home consultation: €150,-
Consultancy at the practice: €90,-
Skype/phone consultation: €1,50 per minute
You will receive an invoice after each consultation by mail.
Cancellations are free of charge up to 24 hours in advance. Late cancellations will incur a costs of € 75.00.
Most health insurances plans cover lactation consultations partially or completely if you have opted for additional cover. Breastfeeding aids and express machines may also be covered. The best thing to do is to check with your own health insurance before meeting with me; sometimes the health insurance will only refund incurred costs when you have been referred by a general practitioner, midwife or the consultation bureau.
More information is available on zorgwijzer.nl/vergoeding/lactatiekundige.
Why make an appointment?
- Latching problems
- Over- or underproduction
- Passive drinking behaviour / lengthy feeds
- Exhaustion mother and / or baby
- Breast infections
- Premature births
- Refusing to bottle feed
- Problems with expressing
- General concern about the process
- Excessive crying
- Sleep issues
- Insufficient growth or weight gain
- Ineffective feeding habits
- Weaning off nipple guards
- Combining breastfeeding and work
- Reducing and stopping breastfeeding