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Need a Lactation Consultant? Melanie Myers, IBCLC

COVID-19 has certainly changed things since I wrote this in December '19.

You think you need to see a Lactation Consultant but you're hesitant because you don't know what to expect?

That's exactly what this post is about :)

"...Melanie was so thorough, informative, supportive and passionate during her consult visit - she gave such useful advice and answered my many questions. She followed up a few times during the weeks following our consult to check in and answer any additional questions I had. We're now happily breastfeeding thanks to Melanie, I highly recommend her"

"...After ten weeks of exclusively pumping, I was able to have my son latch on and nurse as if he had been doing it the whole time. No shields just plain skin to skin. I was in total awe. Sitting in her cozy office, Melanie doesn’t feel like a stranger, which makes the whole experience so relaxing. She’s very kind, nonjudgmental, and extremely knowledgeable."


Frequent reasons for lactation consults are due to pain, making enough milk, concerns over latch, tongue tie (pre and post frenectomy), weight gain, supplemental feeding systems, pumping, return to work, bottle/breast refusal, NICU/NICU grads or if they are doing this all right?!

1) Connect with me! 717-292-8656 or - I'm friendly :).

I'll walk you through any questions you may have and the process.

2) I'll start by asking what you're concerned about, where you live and what type of appointment you prefer. In the comfort of your home (Central PA/Northern MD) or in my office (Gettysburg, PA) ------>

3) I explain my fee, I accept cash and/or credit card via Square Up. I am Out of Network which means you pay me at the end of the consult and I provide you a Super Bill. A Super Bill has healthcare claim codes and a statement you have paid. You submit the Super Bill to your insurance for possible reimbursement. ----> What does the Affordable Care Act Say?

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. Part of the ACA includes health insurance requiring breastfeeding support and supplies. Yes, outpatient lactation consultant visits and breast pumps. Due to each insurance plan, network and type being different, it’s best to call your insurance company directly. The ACA has different regulations for Medicaid or WIC. *Helpful* resource via the National Women's Law Center:

4) Next, you'll receive an email confirmation of your appointment day/time, Patient Portal Registration request (I'm HIPAA Compliant like your Providers office) and Consent/Questionnaires to complete before the appointment. These questionnaires help me prepare for your visit and save time day of consult so we can quickly get to work. They are easily filled out in 10-20 minutes.

5) Day of consult -

You, your baby, breast pump and any supplies you have should be *present* for the appointment! I'm happy to answer questions on how to use the gadgets and gizmos.

I want to assess a full feeding - do your best to top baby off think short breastfeeding session vs long filling one prior to the appointment.

Office Consults - You arrive at my office located at 395 Buford Ave. Gettysburg, PA - right off Route 30 across from Seminary Ridge. Easy parking and a ramp to the entrance.

Please come as you are and expect the consult to take around 1.5 hours.

(this is my office!)

In-Home - Think about where you would like to have the consult, Nursery, Bedroom, Living Room? Where you are most comfortable is ideal :). Expect the consult to take around 2 hours.

Do not clean, tidy your house or shower - really, I get it.

I do request you secure your pets because I've had a few encounters where typically easy going pets have become protective.

7) Know I'm a good listener, I'm not going to judge you, not be nice or tell you there is only one way to do this. I am here to educate, empower and support you.

Review your history, goals and I complete a full assessment.

Pre/post feeding weight or a weight check.

I assess a feeding and assist with positioning as needed.

Form a care plan with *you*. This means you and I form short term and long term plans/instructions on how to work toward your breastfeeding goals.

8) After the appointment I follow with a report for your Physician(s) so we are all on the same page AND email you the Care Plan along with helpful resources.

9) You have 2 weeks of follow up via phone or email with me. Happy to connect and make tweaks to your care plan!

10) My goal is to help you – put you at ease and develop a personalized plan.

Breastfeeding isn't always easy. I know that, I've lived that and thats my speciality! I help families make this work for them whatever that looks like.


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