Breastfeeding Consultations and Classes

Who is Barbara Kalmen?

I have been an OB nurse for over 40 years and began to specialize in lactation over 10 years ago.  I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2006.  My background in nursing has given me a distinct advantage to problem solve breastfeeding difficulties and to be able to formulate plans of care to guide a family to successful breastfeeding.  The last few years I have spent a lot of time and study on tongue restrictions (also known as tongue ties).  Your baby’s ability to use his/her tongue will be evaluated during my in-home consultation, so you can be assured your family will get a thorough assessment and I will work with you on developing a plan to resolve your breastfeeding issues.  I look forward to meeting and working with you.  Give me a call!

What is a Lactation Consultant?

A Lactation Consultant is a professionally trained breastfeeding specialist.

Why would someone see a lactation consultant?

Anyone who would like to increase their knowledge about breastfeeding, improve their breastfeeding, to help troubleshoot any problems that arise at anytime during their breastfeeding relationship, for a private breastfeeding class, to have a feeding evaluated, or any concerns that arise about breastfeeding.

What are some problems one might have breastfeeding?

  • Latch problem
  • Insufficient milk supply
  • Establishing breastfeeding for premature babies
  • Tongue-tie and/or lip-tie
  • Sore nipples
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work
  • Weaning
  • Building a milk supply
  • Dealing with oversupply

I am not sure if seeing a Lactation Consultant would be beneficial to me?

If you are unsure if you need to see a Lactation Consultant please send me an email with your concerns/questions and I can tell you in more detail if my services would benefit you.

I have been breastfeeding for several months.  Would it still be beneficial for me to see a lactation Consultant?

As your baby grows and changes you may experience changes in your breastfeeding relationship.  Some may be normal changes and others may signal a need for assistance.   Call or email me we your concerns to see how I may assist you.

What services do you provide?

I provide private in-home lactation consults and a private lactation class.

What area do you provide service to?

 

 

I provide in-home consultations in the Pearland area.  The private breastfeeding class is held in my home in Manvel, TX.

 

 

Do you take insurance?

I don’t take insurance but at the end of the in home consultation I will provide you will a superbill you to file a claim with your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

What type of payment to you except?

I take cash, check, or credit card.

What does a typical in home consultant look like?

First we talk on the phone about your current concerns.  Then we set up a time for me to come and watch you feed your child.  I address any questions you might have and we will develop a personalized action plan.  You can continue to text or call me with follow-up questions at no additional cost.  At the end of the consultation you will be given a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if these services are part of your plan.  (usual consultation time is 1-1 ½ hours) Cost: $125

What topics are covered in the private prenatal breastfeeding class?

  • benefits of breastfeeding
  • how to get breastfeeding off to a good start
  • common concerns and ways to avoid pitfalls in the early weeks
  • along with positioning and how to latch your newborn

The class is 2 hours long and cost $200.

I would like to sign up for a lactation visit or private class how do I do that?

You can contact me through the contact form here.  If you have an immediate need you can call me at (281) 315-9361 to set up an appointment.

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