Sometimes you’re lucky enough to have a baby who is born knowing how to latch and you have an abundant milk supply, but sometimes you have a baby who struggles to latch on properly or you have trouble keeping an adequate milk supply.
I can help you navigate any issues that come up once your baby is here, such as with latching and positioning, assessing your baby’s suck reflex, learning how to use your pump/hand express, helping with engorgement, and what to do if your milk supply is lower than you’d like it to be!
I also offer awesome prenatal sessions, because knowing what to do before your baby arrives will greatly help to get you and your baby off to the best breastfeeding start. In fact, what you do the first few hours and days has a tremendous effect on how much milk you will get when your mature milk comes in!
Breastfeeding and Pumping Counseling/Support – $50-100/hour
Once your baby has arrived, I can help you with latching, positioning, pumping, and more! It can be tough to navigate a painful latch, remember how to get your baby to open their mouths wide enough, be able to position your baby in a manner that doesn’t give you pain and allows for your baby to get a deep latch, and feel confident that your baby is taking in enough breast milk. I can help you with all of these things and more! You can set up a time for us to meet virtually or in-person if you live in the Lehigh Valley area. Here’s a breakdown:
- 30 min call ($50)
- 60 min call ($100)
- Note: Any questions about latching requires a 60 min video consult so a feed can be observed.
- Note: Any 60 min call can be turned into an in-home visit for $30 more, if you live within 20 miles of Macungie, PA 18062
Increasing Milk Supply Package
If you have been struggling with low milk supply or slow milk ejections (ie letdowns), we might be able to help! Dr. Julia Smeltz (PT, DPT, ATC, CAFS, RYT200) is a pelvic floor and therapeutic breast massage therapist, who is well-versed in the art of kinesio tape to help moms increase their milk supply and flow. Together, we help moms not only increase their supply but ensure they understand possible root causes of their supply issues and other ways to help rectify them.
We know how frustrating it can be for moms to not be able to produce all the breast milk they need for their child(ren), and we want to help! We help moms who…
*have never made enough milk to fully feed their child(ren)
*used to make more but now aren’t getting as much
*are “just enoughers”, who usually have just enough milk but no extra
*make enough milk but would like to make a bit more
Dr. Smeltz and I recently ran an informal study to see if our taping technique would work to both improve a mom’s overall milk supply, as well as help with an improved milk ejection reflex (MER). We are excited to report that all the moms in the study (6) saw at least some improvement in one or both of those areas (see study results below)! It is clear to us that the technique can definitely help many moms improve their supply, though just how much is dependent on many individualized factors.
Because each mom’s case is different, we put together the following packages so that we can help you to explore the possible root causes of your low milk supply issue, while working to help you increase it. At the end of our time together, you will at least understand why you might not be getting the results you desire; though, we’re hoping to help you improve the supply you do have!
We believe that the taping technique we use can be the key for many moms, coupled with the lactation education that will be given afterwards. I will talk to you about not only the possible root causes I see from your questionnaire answers but also about ways to continue to improve your supply. Check out our packages below for more information! And if you’d like to learn more, you can set up a FREE 15min phone call (or video if you’re outside of the US) to talk to me about your unique situation!
STANDARD package includes the following over a 3 week period ($149):
- Initial intake/health history questionnaire
- 30min virtual taping session with Dr. Smeltz (learn the technique and receive instructions for applying/removing the tape)
- 2 weeks of email taping support
- Follow up questionnaire
- 60min virtual lactation session with Ronee Welch to discuss your results, provide additional low milk supply options (verbally and with printable PDF), and answer your lactation questions
DELUXE package includes all of the above plus the following ($249):
- Additional 60min virtual session with Dr. Smeltz to further investigate possible root causes of your compression, demonstrate therapeutic breast massage so you can do this on your own, discuss additional taping techniques, and help with performing hand expression (this session would be done after the rest has been completed)
If you’re concerned about the cost, just remember that if you’re currently purchasing donor milk or formula for your child because of an insufficient milk supply, you could actually drop that cost after working with us like some of our study group moms did (see below)! With today’s formula shortages, being able to increase your own milk supply can not only save you money but it can save you the stress of having to find your child’s formula at the stores or online. And let’s not forget how much better human milk is for human babies vs formula!
Some of the results/feedback we received from the moms in the study:
*Danielle; mom of 3mo twins – Mom started out by breastfeeding about 40% of the time and supplementing with formula 60%. By the end of the study, mom reports feeling much fuller and being able to completely get rid of the formula bottles! She’s now 100% breastfeeding both of her babies!
*Katie; mom of 6mo – After one week, mom reports a faster flow of milk with her child popping on/off less and gulping milk like never before. She notices many more letdowns now, and she can see many more sprays of milk during pumping sessions. At the end of the study she reported having more milk, using less formula, having extra milk for the freezer, and that her baby seemed much happier!
*Andreina; mom of 3mo – Mom reports feeling fuller after the taping was over and has increased her pumping volumes by 1-2oz per session! Before starting, mom felt that she had an “under-producing” breast and that her baby was less satisfied on that side. After the study, mom reports that the “under-producer” has now caught up and is satisfying her child. Mom feels letdowns again, where she hadn’t since shortly after birth, and baby is now back to solely breastfeeding!
*Daryll; mom of 8mo – Mom started out being a “just enougher” and sometimes needing to take milk from her freezer stash to keep up with her little one. By the end of the study, mom has been able to make plenty of milk for her baby and be able to freeze about 6oz a day extra! She’s also no longer needing to supplement after breastfeeding sessions!
If you’re ready to see if kinesio taping is right for you, click HERE to set up a free 15min call with me to learn more!
Prenatal Breastfeeding & Sleep Package – $200
Because I’m also a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, I have the unique ability to also offer you a Prenatal Sleep Package! Yes, babies do know how to sleep but getting them to fall asleep on their own is a different story. Sometimes parents are lucky and have a baby that easily goes from being fed, rocked, patted, etc to sleep as a newborn to being able to just be placed in the crib wide awake, fall asleep, and stay asleep throughout the night when age appropriate. And then there’s the rest of us… Wouldn’t it be great to understand how to teach your baby the self-soothing techniques that they need from early on?? Just as we take childbirth classes, CPR, or parenting classes to prepare ourselves for our new bundle of joy, we need to arm ourselves with sleep and breastfeeding knowledge!
I have prenatal packages for both breastfeeding and sleep separately ($150), or you can choose to educate yourself with both for a discounted price. Most parents choose to purchase both of these packages together because they realize that both are instrumental in having a happy, well-fed, and well-rested baby! Here’s what’s included:
- 2.5 hour phone/video consult (can be broken up over 2 sessions)
- 20 page breastfeeding guide, 20 page newborn sleep plan, and hand expression document
- Lifetime VIP Gold Membership
- Access to my “ala carte” phone or email service
- SLEEP ONLY $150
- 90 min phone/video consult
- 20 page newborn sleep plan
- Lifetime VIP Gold Membership
- Access to my “ala carte” phone or email services
Prenatal Breastfeeding Package – $90
I offer an awesome Prenatal Breastfeeding Package for moms-to-be so they can learn about how to best get their newborn to breastfeed upon birth. My guide also talks about the importance of “skin-to-skin” contact, the 9 instinctive stages that all newborns go through, how to latch, how to hand express, pump, thaw, warm, and store breast milk, and more! You will also receive a separate handy guide about how to hand express breastmilk, as well as a breastfeeding/sleep log so you can track your little one’s input, output, and sleeping! Here’s all that’s included:
- 60 min phone/video consult
- 20 page breastfeeding guide
- Hand Expression document
- Access to my “ala carte” phone or email services