What’s best? Video-health vs in-person lactation support, in the context of a pandemic?
Our best answer is: You decide.
On a good day, welcoming a new baby in to the world is full of emotions...and welcoming a baby during a pandemic is full of all the same emotions a few (ok, a lot) of added questions.
Because brand new parents today have more to think about than any other time in recent history, it’s important that they be provided with complete information in order to do their own “benefit vs risk” assessment about all of their options in seeking care for their little ones.
Because Breastfeeding Housecalls has spent the last 8 years visiting multiple families per day, we understand the undeniable value of an in-person visit. And, because we also want families to stay healthy more than anything during these unprecedented times, we have been able to adjust to meet the needs of new-patenting today.
Below, we break down the most important things to consider in your choice to seek out virtual vs. in-person lactation care:
*”Low/No-Touch” encounters are a care standard appreciated by many parents and practiced during many in-person lactation consults and in nearly all support group settings. Reduced physical contact when teaching is known to INCREASE baby’s physical contact and bonding with parent.
We hope this comparison helps you arrive at the best decision for you and your family!
If you decide to troubleshoot your breastfeeding virtually, read our next blog article with tips about how to prepare for and optimize your virtual lactation consult.
At this time, in order to protect your family the most, Laura María Gruber is only doing video-consults seven days per week. You can schedule via this site, or If you don’t see a time that works for you, you can text her directly to ask about availability (she won’t provide text-based consults unless it’s to accommodate a disability). Laura is usually able to work families in quickly.