Lactation Services Katarra Shaw is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She completed her clinical internship at Enloe Hospital's Mother Baby Unit. The academic portion of her training was through UC San Diego Extension with Gini Baker IBCLC. Her interest in breastfeeding began during her time at midwifery school in El Paso, Texas where she realized the importance of evidence based breastfeeding support and assistance. Breastfeeding is an amazing function of the human body and a beautiful and necessary continuation of mother-baby bonding and health. Breastfeeding forms a unique biological and emotional basis for the health of both mother and child and the anti-infective properties of breast-milk help to protect infants against disease. If you are experiencing any issues breastfeeding or have questions, please be in touch. (530) 774.4430 “Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.” Pamela K. Wiggins
Initial Consultation/Home Visit for non-clients ($100) Initial consultations begin with getting to know each other. Together, we will review your pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding history and the current challenges you are experiencing. There will be time to share your story. I will observe a feeding and perform a gentle examination of you and/or your baby as needed to gather information. After your current challenges have been assessed, we will make a written care plan together. Initial visits usually last about two hours. Follow up support is provided via phone/text/email and is included as part of the initial visit fee. Follow-up Visits ($50) Sometimes one visit is all that is needed, but you may need to see me more than once. Follow-up home visits usually last about one hour. We will discuss how your care plan is working for you and make any changes necessary. Continued follow up support via phone/text/email is included as part of the fee and encouraged.
Prenatal Consultations ($75) I also offer prenatal consultations and private breastfeeding classes. A prenatal visit is focused on providing information that will set you up for breastfeeding success, and answering any questions or concerns you may have. If you have had previous breastfeeding challenges, we may use this time to create a plan for breastfeeding management. Consultation fees are per appointment, not an hourly rate, so that we can take as much time as needed and no on will feel rushed. Initial visits usually last about two hours and follow-up visits about an hour
What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®)? An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice. The IBCLC is the gold standard for lactation credentials. You can visit the IBCLE website to read about professional standards.
Do I need to see a Lactation Consultant? There are a variety of reasons to seek help from a Lactation Consultant. Some reasons to contact an IBCLC include, but are not limited to the following: Pain – nipple pain, breast pain, latch problems, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush (yeast), nipple or breast trauma. Milk supply – concerns about low milk supply, oversupply, delayed lactogenesis (mature milk not in by day 5) Weight gain (baby) – slow or poor weight gain Latch problems – painful latch, non-latching baby, tongue/lip tie, other structural concerns Prenatal concerns – fertility issues, prior breastfeeding difficulties, prior breast surgeries (augmentation, reduction, biopsy), no breast changes during pregnancy or history of asymmetrical breasts, history of hormonal imbalance Pumping – pump schedule, maintaining supply, going back to work Older babies – nursing an older baby/toddler/preschooler, tandem nursing, nursing during pregnancy, starting solids Baby at the breast – fussiness at the breast, sleepy baby, baby constantly at the breast but not gaining weight Special concerns – multiples, traumatic birth, prematurity, special needs baby, mom-baby separation, adoption Questions about – medications (prescription, herbal, or over-the-counter), use of feeding tools (bottles, nipple shields, at-breast supplementation)