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So you may be asking what a lactation consultant does and how do you find one. Before I gave birth to my son, I met with a lactation consultant, with of course no child to utilize to make sure I knew exactly what I was doing. I had some production issues at first and having help at the hospital was great but the week after, I felt alone, isolated, scared, and tired! After my sister had twins, things were not going swimmingly and the thought of having to formula feed was not on the top of her list without anxiety and stress that could bring a woman to tears.
Not every woman is going to have immediate access to a lactation consultant in a hospital or of course home birth setting. Breastfeeding can be a tiring, stressful, and emotional thing to start as a new mom. See exactly what a lactation consultant can do for you. Just like you can speak to a doctor with Amwell, you can now schedule an appointment to speak on video chat with a lactation consultant on the Amwell website or you can download the Amwell APP on your phone. Being able to do this appointment from the comfort of your home, means less work to take your child out and more comfort for you in your own personal space.
I was able to easily get an appointment without scheduling. To my surprise I even found a local lactation consultant that I had met a few years ago. I wanted to talk about my three year old son (well 3.5 year old son) who refuses to wean. I needed some reassurance that everything was OK if I still was breastfeeding and what boundaries I could set.
The biggest concern was my twin niece and nephew. Since my sister got home she had been having really bad latch problems. Mary, the consultant I got to speak with via Amwell, was able to show me on video things I could do to assist my sister. As a breastfeeding advocate I wanted to offer any and all support to not lead to using formula if we could avoid it. With the help of Mary from Amwell, I was able to get my sister to an appointment with a specialist and we found out the issue was tongue ties! The twins will be having the procedures to help assist with their latch.
It is so overwhelming to go to a hospital and have to learn how to do everything before being released. You will forget things, you will have hiccups, you may have issues or emotional stress. The fact that my sister does not drive, made it very difficult to just up and see a lactation consultant. Being able to use the video to ask the lactation consultant questions we had, we were able to avoid yet another journey of getting twins to cooperate with us to get to yet another appointment.
Thanks to the guidance I was able to get without driving, I was able to provide quick relief to my sister and she can now feed the twins better than before. They still need their tongue tie revisions done but that will come as soon as insurance clears. The fact we could utilize Amwell without an office appointment made life so much easier.
We did have a bump in the road where the video sound would not work. Luckily you put a phone number in when setting up for your wait or appointment and Mary was able to call me to have me log back in. Even though I had been through the pay screen and got kicked off, it did not charge me so my coupon code was still valid. Guess what? I have a pretty rocking coupon for all my readers too!
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