What's in a Consultation

After contacting us, the Lactation Consultant of your area will call you to make an appointment to visit you in the comfort of your own home.

A visit typically lasts 1 to 2 hours and it is made around the natural feeding time of the baby, so mum baby and feeding can be assessed. An evaluation of the situation will be carried out and a plan of action will be put in place. Typically a plan involves expert advice, demonstration of skills for improving breastfeeding technique and sometimes the use of breastfeeding equipment.

After the consultation, if further treatment is required, we will notify your public health nurse and GP by letter. We will follow up the consultation by phone call.

Fees per consultation may vary as some travel costs may apply. We will inform you of the fee prior to the actual visit.

Some health insurance companies provide partial reimbursement of Lactation Consultants fees.

Do you require a consultation ?

Knowing when to call for help can really make your breastfeeding experience go a lot more smoothly. Here are some examples of reasons to call the Lactation Consultant:

  • Pain while breastfeeding
  • If you have had a breast reduction or augmentation
  • If you don't hear your baby swallowing during feedings
  • If you have twins or other multiples
  • If your baby is premature
  • If your baby has fewer than six wet nappies a day
  • Your baby is ill or has jaundice
  • Your baby is having weight gain difficulties
  • If your baby is very sleepy
  • If you have nipple soreness or pain
  • If you or your baby has oral trush
  • If you think you have a plugged duct
  • If you have engorgement
  • If you are concerned about your milk supply
  • If you have mastitis
  • If you are taking medications or have questions about taking medications while breastfeeding
  • If you have questions about choosing a pump or using a breast pump