Theresa Hardy, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC
Helping Central Illinois Mothers
achieve their breastfeeding goals
for over 20 years.
a note from a parent
Are you overwhelmed with breastfeeding information and advice, but still struggling?
Are you struggling with latch difficulties, low milk supply, and a fussy baby at the breast?
Is breastfeeding painful?
Classes Coming Soon!
Classes Coming Soon ... Topics such as: "Breast Feeding 101" and "Returning to Work and Breastfeeding"
Announcing Nurtured Beginnings
In Home Lactation Services
I am a pediatric nurse practitioner/lactation consultant with over 20 years experience in complex breastfeeding challenges. So many times over the years, when their infant falls asleep, contented after a great latch and feeding, mothers have asked me if “I could just go home with them”. The short answer is now “Yes!” I have always believed that the home is the best place to provide lactation support, and I am delighted to be launching home lactation consults for the Central Illinois area!
In Home Consultations
What can you expect?
- Time to describe the challenges you are experiencing, in your own words
- Time to discuss your personal goals and hopes for breastfeeding
- Time to share your pregnancy and birth experience
- Discussion of your baby’s medical and feeding history
- Discussion of your breastfeeding history, including any fertility issues, previous breastfeeding experiences, breast surgeries, thyroid or other metabolic issues
- Assessment of your baby for alertness, hydration, gestational maturity, jaundice, palate and frenulum (tongue-tie), ability to suck, muscle tone, weight changes, etc.
- Observation of a complete feeding, in your own environment, under normal conditions
- Discussion and practice with a variety of nursing positions to find what’s most comfortable for you and your baby
- Evaluation of breastfeeding interventions, such as creams, pillows, cups, pumps, shields
- A pre- and post-feeding weight with an accurate infant scale, to determine how much milk the baby transfers in a feeding
- A written care plan that outlines interventions discussed at the home visit, and time to discuss the plan
- A detailed professional report faxed to your baby’s healthcare provider, usually the same day