Makana Breastfeeding - New Mother / New Baby Care

Services in a nutshell

NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL CONSULTS. I serve families experiencing breastfeeding issues with in-home, as well as office consults, to support you in your breastfeeding goals. BREASTFEEDING IS AWESOME, but some times it’s really hard! I can help!

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About me

When you work with me, your working with an experienced breastfeeding mom. I struggled with my own breastfeeding problems. With my first, we had just moved to a new state and didn’t know anyone. I really struggled with being a new mom, not knowing if what I was going through was normal. I had zero example of breastfeeding in my family and I was literally trying to survive with a very high needs baby who gained weight slowly and nursed every hour. I was on Dr. Google all the time. I was exhausted, but VERY determined to make breastfeeding work!

It was when I went to my first breastfeeding support group that I realized what I was going through was normal. I learned to trust my instincts and to seek professional breastfeeding help and support from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (“IBCLC”).

With my second baby, I felt more confident. Breastfeeding got off to a much better start, but after about two weeks, my sweet baby boy was suffering with skin rashes, itchy eyes, and sneezing. I once again needed help. My IBCLC and I figured out the culprit, he cleared up and we got to a point where breastfeeding was actually easy. I nursed each of my kids over two years when they weaned themselves.

My services:
VIRTUAL CONSULTS

We are in some pretty uncertain times. You don’t want to leave your house with your little one, but you still need breastfeeding support. I can help you through any breastfeeding issue!

Initial Consult – up to 2 hrs – $150 – I make our consult as close to an in-home or office visit as possible! I’ll do a full assessment for you and your baby, watch a breastfeeding session, we make adjustments as we go a long and then address any questions and concerns you may have. We can even work with your pump! We’ll come up with a breastfeeding plan that works best for you and your little one.

Follow-up Consult – 1hr – $85 – we’ll meet again and go through your questions and concerns based on how things are going. This is also a great option for my current clients that I’ve seen in-person given the current events.

In-Home Assessment

What to expect

  • Paperwork: I’ll have you fill out a breastfeeding questionnaire and medical history before our consult asking several questions about how you and your baby are doing and what’s been happening.
  • Oral assessment: I’ll do an oral assessment of the inside of your baby’s mouth. Checking your baby’s sucking strength and range of motion of the tongue giving me information on how baby maybe latching and sucking at the breast.
  • Weight check: I’ll do pre and post feeding weights to give us a snapshot of how much breastmilk your baby is taking in at that feeding.
  • Positioning and Latching: Watch how your baby is positioning and latching onto the breast, observe a breastfeeding session, and give suggestions and adjustments as we go along.
  • Structural assessment: If I believe there maybe structural issues with your little one (such as torticollis, pain in the neck, baby favoring one side over the other, jaw clenching issues, etc…) I’ll do a quick and gentle structural assessment. We’ll put your baby on a blanket on the floor and I’ll observe your baby in Tummy Time, during this time I’ll also teach you the Tummy Time Method! helping your baby enjoy tummy time while also working on any structural tightness we may see. Many babies are born with some kind of tightness due to certain positioning in the womb, difficult labor and delivery, and even oral restriction (lip/tongue tie).

All this will help me get the whole picture of what is happening with your breastfeeding situation.

I’ll provide you with information, techniques and suggestions to help. I may show you breastfeeding videos, give you information sheets/links to articles, and a list of instructions to help you remember what we discussed during our session.

Together we will create a plan that works best for you and your family!

Plan on me being with you and your baby for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Other services
  • Tongue tie assessment, management and suck training
  • Bottle Refusing Consults
  • Helping Baby Get Back to the Breast
  • Tummy Time Method
  • Video Consults
  • Induced Lactation
Service Area

Elmhurst, Warrenville, Lisle, Winfield, Woodridge, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Aurora, North Aurora, Glendale Heights, Addison, Lombard, Hinsdale, Schaumburg, and all surrounding areas

 

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TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS

I’ve studied all things related to pregnancy, birth, babies and breastfeeding over many years. This is my passion! I became a La Leche League Leader in 2006 and have been helping mothers and babies ever since. I’m an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) giving me an in-depth knowledge of all things breastfeeding.

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