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Breastfeeding offers your new baby the best nutritional start in life, and many new mothers and fathers have questions or concerns during the first few weeks, as well as throughout nursing, as you continue to encounter changes.  As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I provide mothers and couples ongoing support and compassionate assistance based on your breastfeeding goals, concerns and requests, in the comfort of your own home.
I assist with matters such as latch concerns, positioning questions, milk intake and weight gain. I provide helpful hints and shortcuts to making breastfeeding as easy and manageable as possible, even with preemies and multiples or after a cesarean birth. My main objective is to encourage and empower you and your family; supporting your breastfeeding skills, while offering helpful suggestions and benefits for as long as you continue to nurse.

 

Philosophy_____________________________________________

I believe breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural and sacred gift we are able to provide to our children; and through compassionate support and guidance, you will nurse with complete confidence. I believe what you and your family need most during this time is non-judgmental, evidence-based care, offered with a kind and considerate manner. This can be a particularly vulnerable time for new parents and families and I am always respectful of your values, traditions, and culture.

 

Services and Rates______________________________________

Initial Home Visit
This initial home visit, typically lasting about one hour, includes an intake of both you and your baby, as well as on observation and assessment of an entire feeding. I specifically address any questions or concerns you have, such as latch or positioning, introducing any new, useful positions. I bring a hospital grade scale to accurately measure baby’s weight before and after feeding, ensuring proper milk intake and weight gain. We discuss how much and how often your baby needs to be fed, including signs to look for to ensure proper feedings. I can assess any breast and nipple issues, as well as address concerns you may have with baby’s sucking ability, muscle tone and function. I can also provide information on topics such as pumping, storing, freezing, and thawing of breast milk.

The initial home visit is typically about an hour-and-a-half and the cost is $180. If more time is needed, payment is charged in 30 minute intervals at $60.

 

Follow-up Home Visit
Ensuring you receive all the breastfeeding support you need is important for continued success. Follow up visits offer the opportunity to revisit any questions or concerns you have, as well as address anything new that has come up since our last visit. During this appointment, I will observe and assess an entire feeding, introducing new positions that will be useful, as well as additional tips and recommendations. At this time I can also address any nipple concerns you may be experiencing. We will weigh your baby before and after the feeding with a hospital grade scale, accurately measuring milk intake and assuring proper weight gain.

As long as you continue to breastfeed you will encounter changes, and may find you have new questions or concerns to address. I am available for follow up consultations and support as long as you to continue to breastfeed. If you feel as though additional appointments may still be necessary, they can be arranged at any time.

Follow-Up Home Visits are an hour long, and the cost is $125. Additional time is billed in 30 minute intervals for $60.   

 

Hours__________________________________________________

Lactation Counseling is available seven days a week according to your schedule and needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Appointments can be scheduled via email at schedule@allaroundu.com or by phone at 212-996-5930.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, and Postnatal Doula I offer additional prenatal and postnatal family services, including, prenatal and postnatal massage for the entire family.

Meet Our Certified Lactation Counselor

Sarah DeSantis

 

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