Services-Chattanooga Lactation Consultant | Breastfeeding Support |East Tennessee



Prenatal Lactation Consult

Preparing for your precious baby can bring lots of emotions from excitement to anxiety. It can feel overwhelming trying to figure out everything on your own. No more needs for Google or social media. By having a prenatal visit with one of our expert lactation specialist serving the Chattanooga area, we can help prepare and ease your concerns about breastfeeding.

  • 60 minute consult in office
  • Individualized Care Plan– Together we will create a feeding plan for any difficulties you may have in the first 72 hours. It is my goal to leave you feeling empowered.
  • Breast Assessment-with permission we will do a breast assessment. It is important to know if you have any obstacles that may prevent you from having an easy start such as inverted nipples or Insufficient glandular tissue.
  • Flange fitting and how to use breast pump
  • Learn some basic breastfeeding holds and deep latching techniques
  • How to hand express your colostrum
  • Alternative ways of feeding
  • Learn the benefits of skin to skin
  • Comfort measures & More
  • The conversation will be focused on the first 72 hours post-birth. Your health history will be discussed, any questions you have will be answered, and we will talk through your goals and feeding plan

Office-Ooltewah Lactation

Located in Ooltewah at 9409 Apison Pike Suite 101 inside The Bird Shoppe Boutique—in the back of the store to the right. By Appointment only.

Come and enjoy our comfortable and relaxing space. Our couch is nice and deep which allows us to use the laid back breastfeeding positions and side-lying.

  • Consultation up to 60-90 minutes
  • Assessment of mom and baby
  • Assessment of oral anatomy and function
  • Assessment of latch & position
  • Pre & post feed weights to check milk transfer
  • Customized care plan to help reach your breastfeeding goals
  • Referrals & recommendations as needed
  • LACTATION THERAPY (play time exercises to help prepare for tongue/lip/buccal tie release) Pre & Post therapy. I specialize in assessing and helping babies and families be prepared for a release and working closely with best professionals in the area to resolve this complex medical issue. Team approach creates the best outcomes.
  • If Approved by the Lactation Network-No copays and covered at 100%

Back to Work and Bottle Refusal (60 mins)

  • Our first visit is between 60-90 minutes
  • Back to work care plan for keeping milk supply balanced and how much to feed baby.
  • Assessment of mom and baby
  • Assessment of oral anatomy and function
  • Assessment of latch & position
  • Chattanooga Lactation has taken continuing education to help support babies with bottle feeding challenges.
  • Stepwise approach to bottle skills for the reluctant bottle feeder.
  • How to use breast pump, flange sizing, & pumping schedule for back to work
  • How to bottle feed while breastfeeding
  • Customized care plan to help reach your breastfeeding and bottle feeding goals
  • Referrals & recommendations as needed
    • Follow-up visits are usually 60 minutes. We continue to work together on your specific bottle feeding or breastfeeding goals and build the confidence you need.
    • bottle refusal cases can take continued support and may need more than 1 visit to get baby bottle feeding.
Bottle feeding/bottle refusal

Tongue Tie Assessment

If your baby is fussy or not gaining appropriately…come in for a consult so we can assess your baby:

  • Medical/Health concerns
  • Birth Story
  • Breast assessment
  • Milk supply
  • Evaluation of latch
  • Assessment of Oral Function and Anatomy
  • Pre and Post-feeding weight checks
  • Individualized care plan
  • Education on Tongue Tie
  • Recommendations on Referrals if Required (Dentist, physical therapy, Cranial Sacral therapy, Etc.)

Book a Consult When

  • If you have:
  • Sore or injured nipples
  • Clogged ducts
  • Mastitis
  • Thrush
  • Engorgement
  • Low supply
  • Oversupply
  • Breastfeeding pain
  • Have questions about pumping
  • Need to take medications
  • Needs advice on weaning
  • Nursing multiples or tandem nursing
  • Nursing during pregnancy
  • Induction of lactation for adopting parents or parents having their baby via surrogacy
  • Difficulty nursing a previous child
  • History of breast injury or surgery
  • Stress or anxiety surrounding breastfeeding

If your baby:

  • Struggles with latching
  • Isn’t gaining weight well
  • Fusses during or after breastfeeding
  • Has eczema
  • Refuses the breast
  • Has worrisome stools (frothy, bloody, mucous)
  • Biting and teething at the breast
  • Frequently spits up
  • Is jaundiced
  • Was premature or has special needs