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Gulf Coast Lactation FAQs

What can I expect at my first appointment?

You will receive a link to Milk Notes before your appointment. Please fill out the medical history and profile.  Your baby will be weighed before and after eating. Baby needs to be ready to eat at the time of your appointment. You will be asked about your baby's breastfeeding patterns, pees, poops, sleeping and awake periods. You will be assisted with breastfeeding and positioning in case of a painful latch. Your breasts will be assessed for supply, nipple trauma, any signs of clogged ducts or infection. You will be asked about your diet and sleeping. There will be time to ask questions and you will be given a plan and a list of community resources as needed.

Is there support after hours?

Please send an email with questions or concerns. When in doubt, pump and feed your baby. If breast milk is not available, then choose a formula and feed your baby. If you have signs of an infection or headaches unrelieved with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, please call your doctor. 

For more tips click here or click here for tutorials. 

What do I need to bring to an appointment?

For prenatal lactation appointment please be ready with any questions you may have. Please reach out to Gulf Coast Lactation prior to ordering your pump. If you have your pump, please bring it with you to review sizing of flanges and settings.

For a lactation appointment after the birth of your baby bring a hungry baby and full breasts (please do not pump or feed the baby within 2 - 3 hours of your appointment). Have your pump ready to review settings. If you are supplementing, have a bottle with previously expressed breastmilk or formula.

Will you send a copy of the visit to my baby's doctor?

Yes, a report will be sent to the baby's doctor. 

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