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Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Doula and Newborn care specialist
I support pregnant and postpartum families breastfeed/chestfeed their baby's confidently. I'm here to reassure you, answer your questions, and create a plan if there is an issue.
Your Body & Your Baby
You know your family, self, and baby best. I know pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. We both know you could do this alone, (you found this page after all which means you are probably very capable and pretty badass!) but we all know adventures are more fun with friends and we could be a dream team!
HOW I SERVE
LA CRÈME DE LA CRÈME
Ruth offers the best of the best lactation support. As a former doula I use the doula model which means I will actively listen and partner with you to help you move toward your goals. You will receive emotional, physical, informational, continuous care, and partner support when you work with me.
I GOT YOU
WHERE I SERVE
Is your home your happy place? We’ll meet you there if you are in San Diego! Not in San Diego or comfy in your home? No problem it's post-2020, we all have zoom!
ARE YOU AN INTROVERT?
Me too! This is why we have both private and community options. PJs and lived-in homes are always welcome!
IN-HOME & OFFICE CARE
All the questions
Why is your breastfeeding help special?
Beyond being a lactation consultant (IBCLC) , Ruth is a mom, birth doula, and postpartum doula. This means she has seen what happens before and after the care plan. She get newborn parent life. This is why Birth to Breast offer extra-long lactation appointments and follow-up communication. As a newborn care specialist so she knows newborn care, behavior, and communication. Ruth knows newborn adjustment, postpartum recovery, and our culture butt heads and all affect breastfeeding journeys. This knowledge helps her to team up with you & create realistic care plans.
What is your role?
Our role is to be your helpful friend. We truly listen and help you figure out how you can meet your ideal goals. We know you know more than you may believe. We’ll have real conversations to unlock this knowledge. Each encounter is a teaching opportunity and a chance for you to feel heard and empowered.
How do I pay for a lactation consultation? Do you take insurance?
Birth to Breast accepts Multiplan PPO, PNOA PPO, ChampVA, Tricare, Anthem PPO, Blue Cross PPO, Blue Shield PPO, Blue Shield Blue Cross PPO, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, AETNA PPO, & Cigna PPO. Clients with these insurances typically receive 6 fully covered in-home lactation consultations. For clients paying out of pocket,you can pay via debit,cash, credit, FSA, or HSA. I can provide superbill at request.
Do you check for Tongue/lip ties?
I have taken advanced lactation education to facilitate oral habituation. This means I am trained and experienced in assessing oral function and structure. With your permission, I will check the roof of your baby's mouth, cheek, tongue/lip/cheek ties, and jaw. Then I will check how your baby's suck skills are working. Based on what I learn from this, I will provide exercises to promote nursing skills and referrals to other providers if wanted/needed.
Do you check my flanges for pumping?
I find a properly sized flange important for milk supply when a parent is pumping. This is why I include a mini flange fitting with prenatal consultations and postpartum consultations when the parent is exclusively nursing. If a parent needs/wants to pump postpartum we will do a full flange fitting (which is way more scientific than just eye-balling the fit or measuring) postpartum. A full flange fitting is ideal for all parents pumping but especially important for parents who are exclusively pumping, triple feeding (nursing/pumping/supplementing), and working/going on trips away from their baby.
Do you come to my home?
Yes, I can come to your home either in person or virtually. This makes your life so much easier at any stage. When I come to you you do not have to pack all your feeding tools, mess with the flow of your day for travel, or leave the comfort of your home. You can stay in your postpartum bubble and focus on your baby and yourself while I come to you.