I offer different types of consultations that will depend on the nature of your problem, where you are and your personal preference.
How do I book a consult?
- Appointmets are made with me directly.
- You can call 0784-921717 or WhatApp 0784-921717.
- After scheduling your appointment I will send you an Intake and Consent Form that you can fill out from your phone.
Types of consults
We will spend around 1.5 to 2 hours together. I will get to know you and your baby, we will talk about your pregnancy and birth, what your own goals are, what you are struggling with and how breastfeeding has been going so far. At the end of the consult we will develop a care plan that works for you.
First consults take place in your home or at hospital (within 25 km radius of Harare) or in my office in Glen Lorne (if you prefer or live outside of Harare)
We will spend around an hour together. We will talk about the progress and make sure the problem could be resolved. If the problem is not resolved we will talk about what worked and did not work and come up with a follow-on care plan.
Follow-up consults take place in your home or at hospital (within 25 km radius of Harare) or in my office in Glen Lorne (if you prefer or live outside of Harare)
We will spend about 1.5 hours together. Antenatal consultation are good for you if you want to prepare for breastfeeding or want to talk about your past breastfeeding experience and how to get breastfeeding off to a good start this time around. Antenatal consults are also good for a small group.
Antenatal consultats take place in your home or at hospital (within 25 km radius of Harare) or in my office in Glen Lorne (if you prefer or live outside of Harare)
We will spend not more than half an hour together. For smaller issues that don’t necessarily warrant an in-person consult or if you are far away from Harare and cannot reach me, sometimes a phone consult makes sense. In a phone consult I am limited as I am not able to perform an examination of the breast and your baby’s oral anatomy, observe your baby breastfeed and measure breastmilk transfer. We may use pictures or videos of your baby breastfeeding if this is needed.
Just like a first consult, I will ask you to fill in an Intake and Consent Form, I will get to know you and your baby, we will talk about your pregnancy and birth, what your own goals are, what you are struggling with and how breastfeeding has been going so far.
What if I really just have a quick question, do I need to go through this trouble?
Well, I can share some websites with you that offer excellent general information, but the ethics of my profession do not allow me to offer you any specific clinical care until we are in a professional relationship.
What happens during a consultation?
- I will ask to wash my hands and you can pick the place you are most comfortable breastfeeding your baby. Often that is the bedroom, but any room will do. You will decide who will be present at the consult. I don’t mind people, kids, dogs or cats.
- We will have a conversation first. I will take your and your baby’s health history and ask you about your birth and how breastfeeding has been going.
- I will then weigh your baby and I may look at your breasts and nipples and your baby. If indicated I will examine your baby’s mouth and sucking ability.
- I will observe a full breastfeeding and make suggestions for help with positioning, latch, comfort, switching sides, burping and finishing a feed.
- If there is a concern or question about how much milk your baby transfers from your breast during a feeding, I will weigh your baby again after feeding to calculate this amount.
- I will chart your baby’s weights on the WHO Growth Chart. If you have a premature baby I will use the Fenton Growth Chart.
- I will determine the likely reasons for your breastfeeding problems and provide tools and tips for you to breastfeed more easily.
- Together, we will work out a written care plan that is realistic and possible for you to follow.
- You will receive your personal Care Plan and your baby’s Growth Chart on WhatsApp or Email after the consultation.
Your paediatrician and the doctor who referred you to me will get a report.
Preparing for a home visit
- Feed your Baby about 2 hours before the appointment. We want to have a keen baby while we work together. If your baby is hungry right before a consult please feed your baby (but not too much). A hungry, stressed baby, who’s been crying, might not have the energy or patience to feed well either.
- Have your breastfeeding tools handy (including any supplements currently being used) in case we need them or use them to demonstrate any techniques.
- Think about who you want to attend the consult. I’m happy to include anyone that you want to be there. That includes husbands/partners, grandparents, family members, friends, children and pets. The important thing is that you feel free and comfortable.
- Think about where you’ll want to do the consult. Where you usually breastfeed is often a good place to start.
- Don’t worry about how you’re dressed.
- Don’t worry about how messy your home is.
- Don’t worry about taking care of me.
- Don’t worry about your pets.
Will I need follow-up care?
We will decide together if follow-up appointments are needed to reach your breastfeeding goals.
I will ask you to call or text me after about 48 hours to report on progress, assess and adjust your care plan. You can call or text at any time if you have any questions, concerns, or difficulties, there is no charge for that.