Why I love doing Home Visits
As of January 1st I am no longer seeing patients at the Crosby hospital. While I liked the opportunity to care for mothers in their immediate postpartum days, I have found that my real interest is in helping them transition into the lifestyle of a breastfeeding mother. At home.
I have been doing several home visits a month and have come to realize that seeing mothers and their new babies in the home environment is the best opportunity for me to better understand the dyad’s challenges. For example, a few weeks ago I saw a mother that had a beautiful new nursery for her first baby. In the corner of the room was a gorgeous vintage rocking chair passed down by her mother. This mother felt like she should use the chair for feeding her baby as her mother had nursed her in the same chair (quite unsuccessfully, mind you). While beautiful, it was awful for nursing a baby! It was rigid hardwood with a straight back and a padded seat that slid around if you moved.
This mother had been struggling for 4 weeks to nurse her baby because this chair forced her body into a tense, awkward position that caused her to hold her baby very far away from her body. The baby was only able to make a very shallow latch and so mom’s nipples had gotten very sore and her milk supply was beginning to suffer because she was not nursing very frequently due to the discomfort. Had I seen her at the hospital I might have suspected other problems with latching and may have even gone down a totally different treatment path of looking for tongue restrictions or thrush. And all the problem was was poor positioning due to a bad chair! Being in her space made all the difference for me in helping her to get breastfeeding back on track.
Aside from being able to assess the furniture for breastfeeding friendliness, I also like that when I come to a mom’s home she doesn’t have to get all dressed up to go out. She doesn’t need to take a shower or bundle her baby up to face a cold MN day. She can greet me at the door in her pjs if that is where she’s at. And oftentimes new mothers are exactly in that place. As a mother of six I understand that there are days you will live in your bathrobe and eat frozen burritos because you were up 5 times during the night caring for this new little person. I get that and there is absolutely no judgement from me. I understand and care for mothers who are exhausted. I don’t expect a clean house and a perfectly made up mama.
I love having a cup of coffee with you and hearing how things are truly going. I love that I can care for you holistically all while helping you figure out what is causing your breastfeeding problem. You’re not alone on this journey. Don’t be afraid to call me because you’re embarrassed about your place (or hair). Trust me, I get it.