Virtual lactation Support

How Does a Virtual Lactation Consultation Work?

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A virtual lactation consultation may be right for you… When the COVID-19 pandemic began, I was able to pivot from my usual office and in-home lactation consultations to virtual consultations. This allows me to continue to safely and effectively support families who are experiencing lactation challenges yet don’t want to venture out with their little ones unless it’s absolutely necessary. I immediately began offering virtual consults which I am able to do because I use secure platform for my HIPAA-compliant electronic health record (EHR) system. That makes it easy to collect health history forms beforehand and then connect to video …

IBCLC with new parent and baby. Image is provided by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

So, You Want to Become an IBCLC?

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Almost as soon as I became an IBCLC I began to receive emails and phone calls from aspiring IBCLCs asking about my experience and advice for their own journey toward the credential. In an effort to streamline the amount of time I spent on these emails, I sat down and wrote an email template so that I could address as much of the basics at once and not have to re-write it each time. I’m now happy to be able to share this information on the Sound Beginnings’ blog so that it’s more readily available for those who want some assistance in determining the steps and if it’s the right path for them…

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Top 10 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives to Make Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Easier

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1. Explore prenatal education.
Consider taking a class and/or reading a book about breastfeeding/chestfeeding prior to your baby arriving. A bit of education in advance of your “on the job training” will enable you to better understand what to expect about breastfeeding/chestfeeding and your baby’s behavior in the early days. (The phrase “breastfeeding/chestfeeding” is an inclusive term to describe the act of feeding one’s baby from their breast or chest.)…

Joy MacTavish

Hello from Sound Beginnings Owner Joy MacTavish

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Hello, I’m Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, childbirth and newborn care educator, certified babywearing consultant, certified elimination communication coach, gentle sleep coach, and owner of Sound Beginnings. Welcoming someone into your home to assist your family during the vulnerabile postpartum period takes some amount of trust. That decision can be aided by knowing more about who you’re trusting. To that end, I wanted to share some of my history and what has drawn me to the role of a perinatal professional…