How can I help you?
As a parent you can directly contact a breastfeeding consultant when you have questions about, or problems with, breastfeeding. Alternatively, you can also be referred by a GP, paediatrician, paediatric consultation clinic, or receive a recommendation from a friend, or neighbour. Timely help and support can prevent breastfeeding issues to become either confusing or even insurmountable. A consultation provides the individual breastfeeding care that meets the needs of both mother and child.
In many cases home-consultation is the most effective way for me to observe both mother and child. During the home-consultation I will ask a wide range of questions in order to assess the situation and propose a fit-for-purpose recommendation. This will be based on your specific request for help and ultimately you decide how you want to feed your baby. When required I can also examine the baby's mouth or the mother's breasts.
An average initial home consultation takes about an hour-and-a-half and includes an aftercare check via telephone or a brief email or WhatsApp exchange. After my visit you will receive a report of my findings and recommendations.
It can be difficult to soften or resolve a blocked breast, an impending breast infection or significant engorgement. When standard advice does not lead to relief, treatment with Deep Oscillation can be considered.
The device creates electrostatic impulses that in turn cause vibrations at the cell level. These vibrations set stationary tissue in motion. The electrostatic impulses create a pleasant, deeply effective vibration in the skin, connective tissue, adipose tissue, muscles, blood, and lymph vessels to a depth of 8 cm.
In contrast to other (physical) therapies, the therapeutic effect comes from within, so there is hardly any need for externally applied pressure. This technique is not painful, does not burden the skin and often leads to rapid relief. It involves local, gentle vibrations that many women describe as pleasant.
Usually, 1 treatment of about 30 minutes is sufficient. A 2nd treatment is possible after 2 days.
In case of an abscess or severe mastitis, this treatment is not recommended.
Costs and Insurance
Many health insurance policies cover the costs of breastfeeding consultation, but only from IBCLC-certified consultants. Some insurance companies require a written referral from either a GP or midwife.
The standard rate for a visit is € 125,-, which includes costs for travel (distances up to 20 km) and parking, a written report, 1 x aftercare telephone call or brief email/WhatsApp exchange up until 3 weeks after the first visit. After this time, contact via telephone or email will be charged separately. For distances exceeding 20 km an additional cost of € 7,50 will be charged.
During a consultation: € 45.00 for a treatment of 30 minutes
Without consultation: € 75.00 for a treatment at home including travel costs up to 20 km and travel time.
I'm a breastfeeding consultant IBCLC, which means that I have the internationally recognized certificate of the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, a professional organization with over 28.000 members worldwide. I'm also a member of the Netherlands Association of Breastfeeding Consultants (NVL) and I observe the rules and regulations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), including those covering privacy issues. Should the situation require information exchange with other care providers, I will always ask your permission first, or recommend you contact them yourself. If you're not satisfied with my services I would appreciate it if you discuss the issue with me first. In case we cannot reach an agreement you can raise a formal complaint with the NVL (see klachtenprocedure).
Consultation are always by prior appointment. To make an appointment you can call me daily between 9:00 and 20:00. Please leave a message if I cannot answer the phone and I will call back as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
I am based in Rijswijk, but I also cover Delft, Nootdorp, Leidschendam, Den Haag, Rotterdam above the Maas, Schiedam, Wassenaar, the Westland area, Schipluiden and Den Hoorn. If you live further away we need to discuss this.