Lactation Consultant / Breastfeeding Support
in the Kansas City area
You've taken breastfeeding classes. You've had your baby. You just got home from the hospital, and wonder: what in the world do I do next? Everything seems overwhelming, and you might feel the need for a little extra breastfeeding support. This is all new to you--and I'm here to help! I provide breastfeeding support in the comfort of your home. I can also provide support while you are in the hospital or birth center as well.
I love helping families get breastfeeding off to a great start, helping prevent struggles before they even start. But let's face it--lactation consultants aren't usually called in to help until there's a difficulty of some sort. I'm here for that as well!
I can provide support in the hospital or birth center, or after you are home again.
Next day appointments are sometimes available!
Up to 1.5-2 hours of support (in one visit) | $150*
When you work with Kay, you will be receiving breastfeeding support from an expert with almost 20 years of experience in the perinatal field.
*There will be a small fee added if you are more than 15 miles from me.
I've scheduled my visit. Now what?
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What to expect.
At the appointment:
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Many moms find that while I'm there, things just "magically" seem to go well. They almost seem frustrated that they struggles they were having just an hour before I arrived seem to have disappeared completely when I come in the door. It's almost like I come in and sprinkle magical boob dust over the room! Seriously though, this is just the way it goes. I find that this is generally because mom (and dad!) seems to relax quite a bit when I'm there. Just having someone that is knowledgeable about breastfeeding and what you are dealing with, someone who is there to help and support you, helps you become more calm. This is one of the reasons why I tend to be more hands off--so that you can see that you CAN do this, and you can become confident in your own abilities. They are there--sometimes you just need someone to help you recognize them and bring them out!
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Breastfeeding Support FAQ
These are just some of the questions that I am asked on a regular basis. If you have a general question that's not listed below, please contact me to ask!
What is an IBCLC?
An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC must complete many requirements to earn those credentials, including education in the general sciences, a minimum of 90 lactation specific educational hours, and many clinical hours (300-1000 hours depending on the pathway used). You can read more about those requirements HERE. In addition to that, after much studying and preparing, they must pass a board exam. It's definitely not a process for the faint of heart!
I do also want to note that there are some who use the title of "lactation consultant" who are not actually IBCLCs. There are MANY significant differences in the training, clinical experience, and more. Again, IBCLCs are health care professionals, clinical providers. Other breastfeeding helpers are lay professionals or peer counselors. Don't hesitate to ask them to clarify and/or show proof of their credentials, training, certification, etc. You can confirm their credentials on the IBLCE website here. If they are not listed there, they are not an IBCLC.
Breastfeeding is supposed to be "natural." Why would I need an IBCLC?
Once baby is born, they should just go right to the breast, latch on perfectly, and suckle well, all while a soft light shines down from the heavens over mom (who has a serene smile on her face) and baby (who is perfectly content). It's such a peaceful picture, and you can even hear the faint sounds of angels singing. And the breastfeeding continues perfectly from then on, right? Well, maybe...but it doesn't usually happen that way. While breastfeeding is "natural" and both mom and baby have built in instincts to help, most moms have no idea how to actually go about it. We have quite a few generations that were not breastfed, so most moms today didn't grow up seeing breastfeeding, and likely didn't learn much about it. That's where breastfeeding support professionals (like me!) come in. Taking breastfeeding classes can help you be prepared for breastfeeding, and having the support of an experienced lactation consultant can help you reach your breastfeeding goals and troubleshoot any potential challenges that arise.
Do you diagnose?
No. It is out of the scope of practice for an IBCLC to diagnose any potential issues with mom or baby.
Do you tell me what treatments I should use or what I should do?
Absolutely not! It's not in my scope of practice to tell you what to do. I'm a consultant. I may offer some suggestions and guide you towards information and resources, but I don't tell moms what they should or shouldn't do. This is your experience, your baby, your family. I provide information and support you in what YOU choose to do.
You mentioned scope of practice. What is that exactly?
In short, the scope of practice (SOP) tells me what I can and can't do as an IBCLC. I take my work seriously, and am careful to work within my SOP. The SOP is there to protect you and your baby. It's also there to protect me as an IBCLC and my profession as a whole. You can see the full SOP of an IBCLC here.
Do you bill insurance?
I do not bill insurance at this time. If that changes, I will be sure to update this page with that information. Clients must pay when the appointment is scheduled, in order to confirm the appointment. What I can do is provide some documentation for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you would like this documentation, just let me know!
How can I schedule an appointment?
It's easy! Just contact me here, and we will get an appointment scheduled for you. I am able to be fairly flexible with appointments, and can usually see families for day or evening appointments, during the week or on the weekends. I've even been known to sometimes see families on holidays. While there are some exceptions, I am generally able to see moms within 24 hours.
What if I need (or just want!) a follow up visit?
If you need a follow up appointment, we can get that scheduled! Some families want me to come to their home again to follow up, check in, reassess the situation, talk about the care plan, answer further questions, etc., even if things are going well. We can get that scheduled as well!
What if my doctor told me to do something that I don’t agree with? What will you do?
As an IBCLC, I will not go against anything that your doctor has recommended, nor will I undermine your doctor in any way. I can provide resources with information and some possible options for you. I will encourage you to look at your options, advocate for yourself, and make the best decision possible for your situation. I encourage you to establish care with a doctor that you can trust and with whom you can have open, honest conversations. If you don't feel you can with your current doctor, then maybe it's time to consider changing providers. Bottom line: I am a healthcare professional, and I work with, not against, your healthcare team.
Have yoU taken a breastfeeding class?
I offer breastfeeding classes for families in the Kansas City Metro area, which are customized to meet your needs and address your questions and concerns. Click on the button below to learn more and schedule your breastfeeding classes
What about a childbirth class?
I also offer childbirth classes for families in the Kansas City Metro area. The classes are customized to meet your needs and address your questions and concerns. Click on the button below for more information and to schedule your classes!
Would you like experienced support during your birth?
I also offer doula services for families in the Kansas City Metro area. Let me help you be more confident and prepared for your birth experience! Click on the button below for more information about my doula services!
Kay Miller | Heaven Sent Support LLC has been proudly offering breastfeeding support, doula services, and childbirth classes for families in the Kansas City Metro Area for almost 20 years!
Call or text message: 816.210.5100