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    Default Private lactation consultant

    So I've been in touch with a private LC and have an appointment booked at my home later this week.

    I've given her some background on our situation and she said she's definitely able to help. Appointment runs for 1.5-2 hours and is followed up with a plan, support for 2 weeks after etc.

    What, if anything, should I be looking to get out of this appointment over and above what has been stated? Are there any particular questions or things I should be asking of her?

    For those who've used a private LC, how many appointments did you end up needing and how long did it take for things to get established/improve?

    Just wanting to get the most out of our meeting and don't want to overlook anything!

    Thanks! X

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    For me it was one appointment and she was 'on call' if I needed anything. She watched me feed, assisted where needed, have me a 24 (?) hour plan (this was early days with DS1, maybe he was 7 days old?). As her plan worked we didn't really need a follow up, from memory we spoke the next day and she suggested continuing what we were doing for a few days and luckily things improved quickly.

    What questions you ask really depends on what specific difficulties you're having, but I'd definitely get a very clear plan on paper so you have steps to follow and a plan B if plan A isn't working, etc. be clear about what your goal is and discuss what kind of time frame it might take to get there, so you are clear on expectations.

    For me it also helped to forget everything anyone had told me previously and just focus on one persons instruction.

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    I had one visit my home when DD was about a week old. Mainly because I'd started using nipple shields in hospy & couldn't get her to latch without one. I also had a massive oversupply which wasn't helping.
    It was mainly us sitting around having a chat about what DD was doing, how often she fed, slept etc.
    LC checked her for tongue tie - there was none.
    Then it was the LC (amazing lady) telling me to stress less, let things happen of their own accord, showed me how to do reclined BF (for the oversupply) and just be patient to let her have a bit of time to figure out how to latch on by herself.
    The main things I got out of it were to be patient letting DD latch in the early days and she didn't need to be fed every time she squawked!
    Within 2 weeks no more shields, happily BF in public by 8 weeks. One of the best $200 I've ever spent.
    I didn't have a follow up appt, but the same LC used to have a drop in clinic at my local chemist once a week so I stopped to see her there for the first few months.
    I know my issues weren't very complicated, but she helped me gain confidence that DD & I could do it, we just needed to learn. Good luck! I hope you find your visit helpful.

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    thanks for the feedback ladies. yes I definitely want a clear plan, I feel a bit lost at the moment as the LC we saw last week didn't really say anything or give us any guidance beyond go see the osteo. I feel like now he's feeding better after seeing the osteo (tight jaw the LC said) we need some help from the LC to get things back on track.

    anyway her fee is $245 so not too bad. I just so want this to happen so happy to spend the money. she has a book so I'm hoping she's good lol.

    but yeah, I feel clueless and lost, I definitely want a firm plan to follow, not just a few hints and tips on what might work.

    good point @sunnygirl79, I'll definitely wipe the slate clean re prior advice I've been given and just focus on this advice.

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    ok so LC just left. I'm feeling incredibly positive after her visit. she came to my house and spent about 2 hours with me just discussing Ezra's birth, our feeding experiences to date etc. then we woke him up and got him to try on the boob and guess what, he completed an entire feed on both boobs! albeit with a shield but this is unbelievable progress. she said if we keep doing what we did today then she'd expect him to be boobfeeding exclusively by the end of this weekend. I can't believe it. she said I'm to stop expressing, and should only express if we have a crappy boob feed and he takes more from the bottle than the boob. we're to use a bottle as back up/to placate him but most of the feeding should be at the boob. she said he knows exactly what he's doing, just needs a bit of help. end goal is to wean away from the shields and exclusively BF.

    feel more positive than I have in ages.

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    I used a private LC when my LO was just 8 days old. The LC was lovely and extremely helpful and we had a very clear plan but the reality for me was that it just wasn't right. We were so extremely stressed and I ended up with post natal anxiety and we made the decision to turn to formula 100% after 2 weeks.
    The best thing I got out of my LC in the end was this: "There is so much more to being a mother than feeding". I felt I had failed but it was reassuring to have her "consent" to stop. Things I improved for us all once I stopped.
    When I have baby #2 I will again try to BF but if it doesn't work like it's supposed to I won't worry the next time around as I know the type of milk I feed my child is absolutely no reflection on my ability to be a good mum.

    Best of luck. I hope you have success ☺️

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    So happy for you @turquoisecoast

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    ok so LC just left. I'm feeling incredibly positive after her visit. she came to my house and spent about 2 hours with me just discussing Ezra's birth, our feeding experiences to date etc. then we woke him up and got him to try on the boob and guess what, he completed an entire feed on both boobs! albeit with a shield but this is unbelievable progress. she said if we keep doing what we did today then she'd expect him to be boobfeeding exclusively by the end of this weekend. I can't believe it. she said I'm to stop expressing, and should only express if we have a crappy boob feed and he takes more from the bottle than the boob. we're to use a bottle as back up/to placate him but most of the feeding should be at the boob. she said he knows exactly what he's doing, just needs a bit of help. end goal is to wean away from the shields and exclusively BF.

    feel more positive than I have in ages.
    Fantastic news! Well done ez & mummy X

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