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Found 16 Pros in Houston, TX, USA | Lactation support
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Claudia Silva

Houston, TX

2 reviews • 2800 families supported • 25 years experience

2 reviews • 2800 families supported • 25 years experience

I’ve been in the Birth field for over 20 years, I got started as a volunteer attending births, then stayed on to learn the Doula/ Midwives Assistant role and attain my certification through ACHI, The Assoc for Childbirth at Home, Int., and began preparations, study and practice towards my license as a midwife. After so many wonderful experiences and over 2500 births I am now ready to provide the birthing parents with additional tools, knowledge and education. I provide parents with support throughout labor, as well as pregnancy and postpartum. I also provide childbirth education for parents who desire it. Postpartum overnight care. Breastfeeding support. Placenta encapsulation.

Care philosophy

Evidence Based, Gentle Educated Approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery, based on parents needs, Bradley Method, Le Boyer Method. Freedom of choice and emphasizing Patient Rights. A combination of practiced and learned techniques pain relief and troubleshooting things as they come up. Emphasis on informed consent during the labor period. I was an interning midwife in another state so my experience goes beyond the usual Doula experience.

Areas served

  • The Woodlands
  • Houston
  • The Heights
  • Cypress
  • Jersey Village

Reviews

  • Johanna
    March 13, 2022 at 4:08 pm | Peer review

    Claudia is an amazing person, advocate, nurterer. She is very knowledgeable and blends well with all needs a family could ask for.

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BriAnna Gant

Houston, TX

4 reviews • 18 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 18 families supported • 3 years experience

Bee or BriAnna or Bri, the Doula, has been a postpartum, labor & delivery and newborn nursery registered nurse since August 2018. In February 2020, she received her birth doula training through the National Black Doula Association. She also enjoys capturing moments in time with birth, newborn and maternity photography, a hobby she has been skilled in since 2015 (BeeThePhotographer.com). Nature, herbs and the powerful healing energy of plant medicine have fascinated Bee since she discovered how to make mud pies and plant food for her dolls as a little girl. Through learning about pharmacology and western prescription medications, she discovered that Mother Nature, even at its smallest compounds, has provided humans with everything we need to survive. Her passion for childbirth goes back to her early childhood years after seeing her sister carry her nephew to term and becoming addicted to watching “A Birth Story” on TLC every morning. It all came full circle once she began working as a women’s health nurse right after nursing school and also during her journey of self healing, self discovery and spirituality. These experiences have allowed her to provide holistic/individualized support and care to clients using herbs, natural birthing practices and nutritional education.

Care philosophy

Your Birth is YOUR Birth.

Areas served

  • Houston and Surrounding Areas

Reviews

  • Priye
    June 28, 2021 at 3:09 pm | Client review

    “BriAnna is an excellent doula. My entire experience with her was wonderful from beginning to end. I decided to look for a doula because I started to feel anxious about giving birth in my second trimester. I wanted someone that could guide and educate me during my pregnancy and support me during delivery. Her initial consultation immediately put my husband and I at ease. She is very personable, knowledgeable and professional. It’s a major plus that she is a labor and delivery RN. She knows so much regarding childbirth and has so much insight on various birth scenarios. She also has so many tips and remedies to deal with the discomforts of pregnancy.

    BriAnna is a pro in the labor room offering constant support physically, emotionally and mentally. She helped cater to my every need to help make me as comfortable as possible. She provided counter pressure on my back as I labored, fed me ice chips, fanned me, helped me change birthing positions, and consistently gave me words of encouragement. Without BriAnna by my side, I don’t think I would have been able to stick with my unmedicated birth plan.

    Now let’s talk photography. The doula package I got included maternity, birth and newborn photography. BriAnna did an absolutely amazing job. She is so easy to work with and the pictures came out great. It was so convenient not having to shop around for a photographer to capture these precious moments. The newborn photos are my favorite.”

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Doula Agency

Houston, TX

0 reviews • 120 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 120 families supported • 3 years experience

As a full service doula agency, we know that it doesn't matter if its your very first pregnancy, or the very last- our job is to assist you in transitioning through this time in a way that feels good to everyone. We support every family dynamic, regardless of who, where and what that looks like to them. We are the experts in all things baby, and we are always in your corner, no matter what.

Care philosophy

We love being doulas and offering support through evidence based information, and unmatched professionalism. We strive to educate, attune, and build confidence in individuals and families throughout greater Houston. We are always in your corner.

Areas served

  • The Woodlands
  • Spring
  • Montrose
  • Cypress
  • Kingwood
  • Katy
  • Pearland
  • Tomball
  • Rice Village
  • Memorial City
  • Willowbrook
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Jennifer Anderson

Cypress, TX

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 10 years experience

I provide prental education, labor prep, birth and postpartum planning, labor support with use of relaxation techniques, positioning, essential oils, massage, etc. I also provide postpartum and lactation support, nursery and home organization, sleep training, and more!

Care philosophy

My passion is supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, labor, and into the postpartum period. My focus is on making sure new parents feel secure, confident, and informed. I love advocating for families and helping them get what they want and need our of the birth experience. I support natural births, water births, medicated births, as well as c-sections.

Areas served

  • Houston
  • Tomball
  • Katy
  • Spring
  • Heights
  • Cypress
  • The Woodlands
  • Waller
$ flexible
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Chelsey Hernandez

Houston, TX

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

Please check out my website https://www.DoulightfulBeginningsBirthCare.com/ to find out more about me and how I got started!

Care philosophy

As a doula, I help with informational, physical, and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. Please see my website for more information on my care philosophy: https://www.DoulightfulBeginningsBirthCare.com/FAQ

Areas served

  • Clear Lake, TX
  • Deer Park, TX
  • Friendswood, TX
  • Kemah, TX
  • La Porte, TX
  • League City, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Pearland, TX
  • Houston, TX

Reviews

  • Brittany
    March 3, 2021 at 9:43 am | Client review

    “Before meeting Chelsey, my idea of a quintessential doula was a crunchy hippie who smelled like essential oils and shrieked when you said the word epidural like you mentioned Voldemort. I wanted a medicated birth, and because of that alone, I never thought I’d have a doula. Little did I know, a doula that is truly doing her job is supportive of whatever birth plan the mother wants. It is primarily her (or his) job to support the mother, including if she wants medication.

    Chelsey provided me with valuable information to support my entire pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. She helped me with my diet, my baby registry, my mental health, and frequently checked in after my doctor’s appointments. She educated me on what to expect during the birth so that I had less anxiety surrounding what I knew nothing about at the time. She also met with my husband and I on how he could help me through contractions at home before I went to the hospital.

    While my husband would have loved to play the traditional role of my birth coach, he was extremely grateful that Chelsey filled that responsibility and took the pressure off of him. She was supportive of my birth plan and I’d hire her again in a heartbeat as a critical member of my birth team should the need arise again.”

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Rachel Stonebrook

Houston, TX

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 9 years experience

3 reviews • 150 families supported • 9 years experience

I work to create a calm, nonjudgmental environment where you feel cared for, so that even if things don’t go as planned, you will know all your options and feel supported at all times. My hope, as your birth doula, is to be a source of support that empowers you to be brave and at peace during childbirth. My journey to become a doula began ten years ago with my third pregnancy and the successful home birth of my daughter. For the first time, I had an experienced doula by my side (during a 19-hour labor!), and the emotional and physical support made a huge impact on me. Transformed by this experience, I decided to become a doula full-time after many years of teaching in higher education, where I earned a M.A. in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!). Since then, I continue to create and facilitate workshops, trainings and private classes on childbirth education, newborn care, fertility, gender, reproductive justice, women & leadership and sexual wellness to diverse groups in the Houston community.

Care philosophy

Whether in a hospital, at a birth center or at home, birth is a profoundly personal experience. I provide evidence-based care, hands-on support, listening with an open heart, and treating families with dignity and love. From pregnancy to parenthood and beyond, you can expect nonjudgemental support and compassionate doula care for all families.

Areas served

  • Houston, TX and all surrounding areas including:
  • Spring
  • Cypress
  • Kingwood
  • Heights
  • West University
  • Conroe
  • Katy
  • Tomball

Reviews

  • Julie
    February 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Client review

    Rachel is a caring and knowledgeable professional with a passion for her work. She provided the resources and support that best fit my situation. I would recommend Rachel without hesitation.

$ flexible
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Tiara Miller

Houston, TX

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

A Motherly Embrace Doula Services was established 8 years ago when I acted as a Doula for my sister as she birthed my first nephew. It was in those moments that I realized how important it was for mothers to receive unconditional support during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. I am currently a DONA trained Birth Doula serving women in the Houston and Surrounding areas.

Care philosophy

As a doula I provide emotional, physical, and educational support to help you make informed decisions before, during and after childbirth. I am here to assist the birthing mother and partner throughout this experience. I recognize that birth is an experience and one of the most memorable moments that moms will remember for a lifetime

Areas served

  • Houston, Katy, Cypress, Spring
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Zia Ash

Houston, TX

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

My services include but not limited to: providing evidence-based information on all things newborn/postpartum promoting self-care advocating for body awareness helping siblings adjust referring to additional support in great sleep routines (independent sleeping) Lactation support Physical support (light cleaning around home)

Care philosophy

Let’s start with saying EXTRA support is not wrong! Wouldn’t an extra hour or three be nice to have...it can happen. Let’s create a sleep routine that is realistic and healthy for you and babe. Let’s build for better and stress free nights. Available to chat and in person visit for hands on assistance!

Areas served

  • Houston
  • Spring
  • Woodlands
  • Heights

Reviews

  • Elisabeth
    March 9, 2021 at 4:28 am | Client review

    Love this lady! Very in tune with her work! Recommended for PPD!

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Natasha Wright

Houston, TX

5 reviews • 45 families supported • 4 years experience

5 reviews • 45 families supported • 4 years experience

Hi, my name is Natasha and I love mothers! I became a licensed massage therapist and doula to positively affect outcomes for mothers and their families. During my travels and studies of various cultures and attitudes regarding pregnancy and motherhood, I have created custom wellness care programs for expecting and newly delivered mothers. I provide pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum support for both moms and their partners/families. My services cater to the whole body, mind and soul of the mother. From expert prenatal massages and customized labor support to postpartum belly binding, we've got you covered from start to finish.

Care philosophy

I believe in working with the collective body, the mental, emotional, energetic, and physical body, to maintain your overall wellness in life and especially during your pregnancy. As an advocate for the quality universal right to effective, compassionate, and unbiased maternity care, it is my role to empower families so they can make the choices that are most right for them.

Areas served

  • Houston

Reviews

  • Natasha
    April 9, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Precyann, I have so many things to say here. I will leave it to thank you and i truly cherish our relationship. I love you girl inside and out. Thank you for letting me in to care for you. It is always an honor and privilege to do so. I am here for you and your family.- Natasha

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Kate Cleveland

Houston, TX

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 10 years experience

My passion for nurturing and honoring new parents began with the birth of my son March 2019. I spent months preparing extensively for pregnancy and the labor and delivery, but was completely overwhelmed and unprepared for recovery. I labored in a hospital for 21 hours in what my OB called at my 6 week check up, “text book labor”. Nothing about the labor or my recovery felt “text book” to me as I had envisioned something completely different. I ended up with a pelvic floor tear, urinary incontinence and a postpartum uterine infection contributing to my year long battle with postpartum anxiety and insomnia. I am grateful I knew to advocate for myself because of my therapy training and insist on pelvic floor physical therapy despite being encouraged to “just do kegels”. I felt depleted, anxious and alone those first few months while wondering if I’d ever sleep or feel whole again. Like many individuals, I had many nursing (body feeding / breastfeeding / chestfeeding) challenges including painful, poor latch, and oversupply. Desperate for answers and support, I researched night after night and created my modern day village to include a pelvic health physical therapist, a pediatric dentist to address my son’s oral restrictions, a lactation consultant, a psychologist for counseling and a chiropractor for my son’s bodywork and craniosacral therapy. Knowing what I know now, I wish my village would have included a postpartum doula. My challenging and overwhelming postpartum experience has ignited my passion to help families during this sacred transition with education, resources and non-biased support to allow for the most gentle and joyful transition possible. Postpartum Preparation + Recovery: • Developing a support team and plan for self-care • Physical therapy for pain relief, diastasis healing and pelvic floor recovery • Birth processing and emotional support • Therapeutic massage • Healing food delivery, preparation and education • Light housework while you rest • Sitz bath preparation Baby Care: • Breastfeeding (chestfeeding / bodyfeeding) support • Tummy time and baby wearing education • Education on normal developmental milestones • Bathing and swaddling education • Sleep education • Older sibling care • Resources for referrals, if needed Step 1: Book a complementary 15- minute strategy call with me. Tell me your story so I can customize a plan that best meets your needs. Step 2: Schedule your initial PT assessment or initial doula visit (can be scheduled prior to baby’s arrival or after you return home with baby).

Care philosophy

I provide compassionate, non-biased support for families as they transition into early parenthood. My practice is inclusive and LGBTQ+ affirming.

Areas served

  • Houston Metro Area
$ flexible
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Kathleen Wilson

Houston, TX

1 reviews • 1032 families supported • 18 years experience

1 reviews • 1032 families supported • 18 years experience

I meet with clients regularly, throughout their pregnancy and check in on my clients, on average, once per week. I believe the key to a great birth experience is in preparation, so we do a lot of work before Labor Day. Labor is a vulnerable time for both the birthing person and their intimate support team, honoring that through relationship building is my primary goal. I work closely with your medical team to ensure you are informed and consented about all procedures. My goal is for each family to love the day their baby was born and remember it joyously. I grew up in and around Houston for the most part. I met my husband when I was 21 and married him when I was 25. We have birthed four children together and have three surviving children living at home with us now. My first daughter was born in 2001 during tropical storm Allison in the medical center and was with us for twelve short weeks. We loved her as hard as we could while she was here and she has forever changed the landscape of our lives. We are grateful for every moment we had and she taught us to love deeply and with abandon. We were lucky enough to welcome our second daughter in 2003 at the same hospital. With this birth I was able to focus and really work toward achieving the birth experience I knew I wanted. Our son was born five years later at a freestanding birth center – my first water birth with a doula. And our happy girl came along a few years later in 2011 – born in our home under the supervision of a loving home birth midwife and four amazing doulas – four. I love to spend time with my family traveling, but mostly we stay home, play at the park, cook, go bowling, watch movies and read. I love to read. I have two fur babies that are pretty sure they are my real babies and those humans are usurping their position. I am one of the luckiest people in the world.

Care philosophy

I meet families where they are. Each family is unique, with needs and desires that are specific to them. I hope to support families, without judgment by getting to know them. I believe prenatal education and relationship building are among the greatest tools a doula can possess. My goal is to support every family without judgment, creating a safe space for you to decide what is important.

Areas served

  • The Woodlands
  • Houston
  • Kingwood
  • Katy
  • Conroe
  • The Heights
  • Spring
  • Clear Lake
  • Pearland
  • Galveston

Reviews

  • Joli
    May 21, 2021 at 2:23 pm | Peer review

    I can confidently say that Kathleen is the best doula and doula trainer in Houston. I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to do her apprenticeship and attribute all of my success to the way that she trained me. Kathleen is not only knowledgeable about just about everything, she is reasonable and objective as she guides her clients toward information. She truly supports her client’s choices without bias or hidden agenda. She is kind, compassionate and nurturing. When she is working with a laboring person she is present and always knows what to say and how to touch in order to bring comfort, pain management and safety. When it comes to advocacy, there isn’t anyone better to have in your corner. Rather than stealing someone’s voice, she prepares them to be their own advocate and bolsters them with unwavering support. She builds people up and empowers their confidence and capability. She also nurtures her relationships with care providers so that care can be cohesive and collaborative. Many doctors and midwives around Houston know and love working with her. Postpartum, she strives to catch her families if they fall into postpartum depression and she is passionate about building communities that hold each other up and lean on each other. Her postpartum support doesn’t expire. She and her community are there as long as you need/want her. If I were going to have a doula, there is no question in my mind that I would not only want, but need Kathleen.

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Katherine Leigh

Seabrook, TX

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 years experience

I sought to become a doula when I was pregnant with my youngest - I feel in love with birth itself and read everything I could to prepare my mind and body the best I could. After walking through intense trauma from his birth (situational, not medical), it only solidified my resolve to become a doula to come alongside other young moms or single moms or women in abusive situations, to support them in this precious time, when no one else will be their voice. I live and support others in Bay Area Houston, mostly through hosting virtual birth and postpartum courses. Find out more about me at www.simplenaturalmama.com

Care philosophy

As a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth and breastfeeding educator, and placenta specialist, I am here to meet your need of informational, emotional, physical support, while encouraging you to advocate for your needs/desires, and reinforcing your own familial support during this life-changing experience of labor and postpartum!

Areas served

  • bay area houston
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Vero Pertuso

Houston, TX

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 35 families supported • 3 years experience

I've dedicated the last years of my life to guide, support, empower and educate pregnant people and their families throughout the entire pregnancy journey (from the conception till the postpartum stage). I want to help families achieve their goals and desires in a deeper and more complete way, that's why I offer: Wellness and Health Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum Coaching combined with the Birth and Postpartum Doula work. I know how powerful and unstoppable human beings can be when they feel secured, supported, listened and respected...I am here to help you get the experience you deserve and see you thrive. I'm really looking forward connecting with you!!!

Care philosophy

About me! Hii! I’m Vero, the Bilingual Birth Worker. I’m originally from Venezuela; there I graduated as a Clinical Psychologist. When I move to the U.S I wanted to combine my psychology knowledge with my love for the Birth & Maternity world. I cannot be more passioned, driven and committed to what I do, and I can only describe it as my mission in this life.

Areas served

  • Houston area and surroundings.
$ flexible
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Geneva Hill

Stafford, TX

3 reviews • 21 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 21 families supported • 2 years experience

To support mom in anyway that I can and to advocate whatever decision she makes.

Care philosophy

I am a womens servant. I take care and advocate the best decissions that the mother wants before, during and after her birth. I support her by helping with breathing and comfort techniques to help her endure the pains of labor as natural as possible. Not to overstep my scope of practice and to keep all partners involved that mom wants involved in her birth.

Areas served

  • Houston TX
  • Houston Tx

Reviews

  • Brielle
    January 26, 2021 at 1:05 am | Peer review

    She’s very kind loving and understanding very patient and smart

$ flexible
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Cynthia Gerhardt

Katy, TX

1 reviews • 20 families supported • 30 years experience

1 reviews • 20 families supported • 30 years experience

My position as Doula, is to be in support of the birthing Mom. This support is extended to her partner, to intentionally create the experience that is right for them. The relationship of support and evidence based care is provided from 36 weeks of pregnancy through labor and immediate postpartum period, including breastfeeding. During the quarantine, support is offered virtually and throughout our journey together, we’ll connect via text, cell and virtually. This service includes 2 postpartum calls from the first 2 weeks after your baby’s birth.

Care philosophy

Childbirth is a transformative experience.- an expanded perspective of a pregnant woman’s body, mind and soul- which culminates in the birthing process. In this experience, I support you, your baby, your partner and the decisions you feel are best- to prepare for a positive and meaningful birth memory.

Areas served

  • Harris County-

Reviews

  • Ruth
    January 5, 2021 at 10:27 am | Peer review

    Cynthia is one of the most dedicated to not only the physical well being but the emotional and spiritual well being of a family as well. She is always learning, always eager to improve and has more compassion and grace than most people I have ever known. Anyone who works with her is lucky to have found someone who truly understands the depth of the work we do.

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Sarah Williams

Houston, TX

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

Newly certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding counselor. Helping to empower women on the most important journey ever, sends me over the moon. Giving families the knowledge and courage that they are doing themselves and their new life a service, is indescribable.

Care philosophy

I believe every family deserves to have the proper knowledge and education to feel confident and content in the choices they are making regarding their new child. Pregnancy, birth, postpartum and all things included should not ever be scary, but like a honeymoon, beautiful and memorable.

Areas served

  • Kingwood
  • Humble
  • Atascocita
  • Houston

Lactation Consultant: FAQs

A certified lactation consultant is a professional that helps parents address and solve their breastfeeding problems. Many new parents believe that breastfeeding is easy, only to find more obstacles than anticipated. 92% of parents say they are having problems with breastfeeding their new baby within only 3 days.

Nursing doesn’t always come naturally.

Breastfeeding can be overwhelming and all-consuming. A lactation consultant in Houston, TX can identify issues such as low milk supply, latching problems, or nipple engorgement. They also offer advice and techniques to help parents understand existing issues, improve how they read their baby’s cues, and feel empowered about breastfeeding despite existing social norms.

Every parent’s journey is unique, and there might be specific challenges or obstacles in your particular situation. The ultimate goal of a lactation consultant is to support parents who choose to breastfeed their children. A lactation consultant in Houston, TX can often save parents time and energy, and also give them some peace of mind.

Many mothers also face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace or lack the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed correctly. A lactation consultant in Houston, TX can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, and solve latching, positioning, and scheduling issues.

To find a lactation specialist in Houston, TX, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified lactation experts near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many lactation specialists as you wish and hire a lactation consultant with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a lactation consultant. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted experts Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated lactation specialists near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of lactation consultants: In a few hours, you will have a collection of lactation consultants near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each lactation specialist to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a lactation consultant with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top choices. Hire your top lactation specialist and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a lactation consultant, you can also browse the available professionals near you in Houston, TX and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the lactation consultants you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three lactation consultants before hiring a lactation specialist near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified lactation specialist near you and start getting the care you deserve.

The cost of a lactation consultant can vary based on a variety of factors, including their experience, their services, and their skills or specializations. Overall, the average cost of a lactation consultant in Houston, TX is $185 per hour based on a survey of 120 lactation specialists in the Houston, TX area.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance companies should be covering the cost of lactation services. However, there are a number of factors that determine whether insurance will cover the cost of a certified lactation consultant in Houston, TX. You should contact your insurance company for more information.

Here are some factors to consider regarding insurance and your lactation consultant cost:

  • Your insurance provider
  • Your individual health plan
  • The type of lactation specialist
  • The specific service provided

Meela’s network of lactations specialists in Houston, TX offer both in-home lactation support sessions or virtual lactation support sessions. Both types of sessions typically last between 1 and 3 hours. In your sessions, your lactation specialist will spend time understanding the issues you are facing and work with you and your baby to diagnose the issues have and also provide specific guidance and hands-on practice and exercises.

Lactation consultants help parents understand the best way to comfortably breastfeed their baby and help them navigate breastfeeding social norms. They can also help reduce stress and anxiety about breastfeeding, or help with specific challenges (such as breastfeeding twins, for example). Other parents might just want emotional support that doesn’t currently exist within their family, workplace, or network or friends.

Certified lactation consultants can also help with specialized issues that may arise with premature children or sick children. A parent may not have thought about breastfeeding help until they notice that their baby isn’t gaining weight properly, and finally realize that they might need some support and knowledge before continuing to breastfeed. On the other hand, some parents might prepare with a lactation consultant months before the baby is born.

Whether you are planning ahead or are thinking about a lactation now that you are having breastfeeding issues or concerns, a lactation consultant can be incredibly helpful and useful for parents.

Lactation counselors in Houston, TX can often help parents with breastfeeding and offer breastfeeding advice, training, and troubleshooting. Many of these counselors have taken the CLC exam, or the Certified Lactation Counselor exam. A certified lactation counselor has typically undergone 45 hours of training.

On the other hand, a certified lactation consultant in Houston, TX has undergone a specific amount of clinical training hours, which is not a requirement to become a lactation counselor. These lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, as well. A lactation consultant typically has a bachelor’s degree in a health field and has undergone 90 hours of training and has somewhere between 300 and 1,000 hours of experience with parents.

Lactation consultants in Houston, TX are often working with other healthcare teams in collaboration with postpartum nurses to ensure that parents understand how to breastfeed their babies. Both lactation consultants and lactation counselors can provide support, develop feeding plans, and offer actionable advice with respect to breastfeeding.

The best approach is for parents to hire a lactation specialist early in their pregnancy so that they can help you prepare both mentally and physically. Parents don’t need to wait until your baby is born to begin thinking about breastfeeding support and education.

Some parents might be anxious about breastfeeding in public or feel like they want access to a breastfeeding expert to help both inform and support them. A lactation consultant in Houston, TX can also help young professional parents schedule their breastfeeding efficiently so that they can return to work quicker, while others might specialize in helping with breastfeeding anxiety issues.

It is never too late to hire a certified lactation consultant in Houston, TX. These breastfeeding consultants can also offer emotional breastfeeding support that can be valuable to those who lack family or workplace support. A lactation consultant can also be critical in identifying warning signs that might indicate more serious growth or developmental issues.

There are many documented benefits to breastfeeding, and parents often believe that it will be an easy and natural experience. Unfortunately, many parents run into issues such as low milk supply, nipple engorgement, or latching problems that can affect their baby’s health. These lactation specialists can be useful for troubleshooting, advice, or emotional support.

Certified lactation consultants can strengthen the bond between parents and their babies through breastfeeding advice, tips, and support. This might include showing parents how to help their baby latch properly, establishing feeding schedules, or dealing with sore nipples or engorgement. A lactation consultant can help new parents better understand their baby’s needs in general, and monitor the baby’s growth and development.

Lactation specialists in Houston, TX also offer emotional support and help parents breastfeed more efficiently so that they can get back to work and allow them to better manage expectations. Many parents face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace, or do not have the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed properly and with care. These expert consultants can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, while also solving issues such as latching, positioning, and scheduling.

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