Lactation Support




 
Karissa has supported hundreds of Mothers and Babies in their breastfeeding journeys. Karissa's gentle approach to counseling develops better understanding of baby, generates a sense of empowerment within the Mother, and enhances the enjoyment of the breastfeeding experience.

Karissa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


In Home Consultation
Karissa offers breastfeeding support within the comfort of a Family's home. She collaborates with Parents, and care plans are customized to identify individual needs and goals.

What You Can Expect

A consult takes approximately 90-120 minutes. The first part of the meeting is about getting to know where you are in your journey. Karissa will ask questions about your medical history and perinatal experience. She will ask you what your lactation goals are, and if you have a Partner, how they can best support you. Breastfeeding should not be an isolating experience; it important to incorporate the family.

Karissa will get to know your little one(s) and examine your baby's suckling ability. She will observe him/her at the breast and determine transfer with pre and postfeed weight checks. Breastfeeding is NOT ballet. There are no perfect positions. During the feeding assessement, Karissa will help you find the most comfortable way for you to nurse your baby. You may also be asked to pump; Karissa is happy to offer guidance with this.

Karissa will then work with you on a careplan. Some plans may be only a few days long with follow up, while others will be suggestions to build confidence as you continue on your journey. These customized plans and notes will be emailed to you and can be forwarded to your Health Care Provider.  
Karissa does not bill insurance; however, the invoice given upon receipt of payment can be used to request reimbursement. Karissa offers support in Western Wake with additional travel charges outside of this area. 


Initial consults are $175 and additional in person follow up appointments are $99. 
Please call Karissa at 919-961-9885 to schedule your appointment. 

Classes

Breastfeeding Basics, 3 Hours
Registration: Click Here
Cost: $125 
Course Topics
  • How breastfeeding works, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Setting yourself up for success prenatally
  • The Partner's role in breastfeeding
  • What a good latch looks and feels like
  • Baby positioning, it's not ballet!
  • Feeding cues
  • Infant intake and weight gain
  • Pumping 101 includes scheduling, pump assembly and milk storage information

    Clinic Consultations and Classes for Patients


    Karissa practices at Cary Pediatric Center. She serves the patients of Cary, Apex and Fuquay-Varina Pediatrics. Appointments are scheduled for one hour. Insurance is filed through Cary Pediatric Center. If you are interested in becoming a patient, please visit our website to learn more, call 919-467-3211, or attend an Expecting Parents Info Session.
     
    About the Consultations
    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment. For those new to lactation clinic
    • If your baby needs to eat, feed him or her! Don't wait for Karissa. Your baby's needs are #1!
    • Don't hesitate to ask questions- all are important, so if you have many, bring a list.
    • Please bring all the items that you use when nursing, pumping and to care for yourself. This includes pillows, shields, creams, pumps and any other items that you use regularly.
    • If you have a support person available to attend, please invite them to join us if you feel comfortable.

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