Why “Bright Star”?
Our very galaxy is named for the awesome power of the lactating breast. But if you’ve ever stood under a starry sky with no road map for navigation, you may have looked for the North Star to orient yourself and help you set a course to your destination.
New parents can feel similarly lost and overwhelmed. Rebecca chose the name “Bright Star Lactation” for her practice to convey that desire to be a guide and source of assurance to her clients, bringing some light into what can sometimes be the very dark place of breastfeeding struggles.
Why hire an IBCLC?
More than 75% of North Carolina mothers today breastfeed, but most of them wean sooner than they had planned to. Bright Star Lactation exists to help more families beat the statistics and have the breastfeeding relationship they want.
Many factors can contribute to breastfeeding difficulties, and not all of them can always be avoided or resolved. However, research clearly shows that access to skilled, knowledgeable breastfeeding support is the make-or-break difference for many families.
The “alphabet soup” of breastfeeding-related credentials can be very confusing. The IBCLC — International Board Certified Lactation Consultant — credential, however, is indisputably the most rigorous one out there. IBCLCs typically spend years preparing for the credentialing exam, and they are required to renew their certification every five years with continuing education credit or by retaking the exam. They work in many settings and can serve as a key part of the healthcare team for breastfeeding families.
In short, families hire an IBCLC for the gold-standard lactation support she is trained to provide.
Why a home visit?
Our local hospitals offer out-patient lactation appointments. Some pediatricians have lactation consultants at their office. Why pay for an IBCLC to come to your home?
Well, not to state the obvious, but mainly because she COMES TO YOUR HOME.
No matter where you give birth, going anywhere in the first days and weeks postpartum is no small undertaking. Recovering from birth (especially a cesarean) and caring for your newborn’s needs can consume most of every hour right around the clock. Time to sleep and eat becomes precious. New parents need time to adjust, learn their baby’s cues, and get their feet under them physically and mentally.
Scheduling and keeping an appointment at someone’s office even a short drive away in the thick of postpartum recovery can be a real strain. This is especially true if, at that appointment, you need to arrive with a baby who is ready to nurse during a fairly narrow window of time. Infants often simply aren’t that predictable or cooperative.
When you schedule a home visit from me, we will have at least two to three hours together. I will normally be able to keep my arrival time a little flexible, so we can be in touch in the hour or so beforehand about how your day is going and when your baby has last nursed. We can roll with your and your baby’s needs throughout the appointment, with no pressure of the next client waiting at the door to see me.
You will not have to get dressed and get your things together to be out of the house. You will not have to put your baby in a carseat and then take the baby back out at your destination. You won’t have to worry about your phone battery dying or remembering to bring that notepad where you’ve been writing down questions, because everything you need will be there with you.
Above all, we will be on YOUR turf. I will come into your space, which I absolutely do not expect to be tidy or clean, and you can choose where in your house we meet and what furniture you occupy as we talk and work together. You and your baby will be under familiar lights and surrounded by familiar noises (although I may ask you to mute the TV so I can hear you well.) I can help you adjust positioning and latch, if needed, in the exact spot and with the exact cushions etc. that you will have around you at 2am when I am not there.
Questions? Contact Rebecca.