Lactation Consultations

The board-certified consultants at Northern Virginia Lactation Center, are dedicated to helping you achieve your unique breastfeeding goals, whether you want to exclusively or partially breastfeed. We offer private consultations in our office or in your home. Our Board Certified Lactation Consultants conduct a comprehensive, clinical evaluation of the infant’s feeding.

  • During consultation, a maternal and infant health history is taken.
  • The consultant will conduct a breast assessment for lactation.
  • There is close observation, and assessment of the infant’s breastfeeding and techniques are taught to facilitate correct and effective breastfeeding.
  • Pre-and post-feed weight checks are performed to accurately measure the infant’s milk intake.
  • The consultant will then do an analysis of the information gathered and develop a clear and concise care plan.
  • A report of findings will be given to your health care provider(s).
  • Unlimited phone follow-up is available at no additional charge for as long as you are breastfeeding/pumping for your baby.
  • Free Weight Checks are available.
What Should I Bring to the Breastfeeding Consultation?

One adult-sized bath towel, two cloth diapers or burp cloths, a plastic bag for dirty diapers, a bottle of water and snack for mom, the name, address, phone and fax number of your OB/GYN and Pediatrican or Heath Care Provider. Please bring any breastfeeding aids that you were given in the hospital or purchased, such as nipple shields, syringes, pump, etc. Please total your daily feeding logs.

The consultant will ask you:

  • How many times has your baby gone to breast in the past 24-hrs and for about how long has your baby fed?
  • How many times have you pumped in a 24-hr period?
  • How many minutes are you pumping and how much milk did you obtain in total, all pumping sessions combined?
  • What kind of pump are you using?
  • How much breast milk have you fed to your baby by bottle in the past 24-hrs?
  • How much formula have you fed to your baby in the past 24-hrs?

If you are supplementing your baby, please bring enough breast milk or formula for a feeding. We encourage a support person to attend. Ideally, your baby should be hungry, not ravenous, when you come. Please feel free to bring a list of questions. We love lists! They help us make sure that we are meeting your needs.