Linda Merli

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Registered Nurse

Why I joined Supporting West Ashley

I have had the privilege of calling West Ashley my home for 20+ years. While working with the families of West Ashley as an RN at Roper St Francis, I realized that there was a great need for out of hospital support. I was excited to become one of Supporting West Ashley’s founding companies as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)  and join a group of professionals that care about their work and represent West Ashley.

 

Why I became an IBCLC

I breast fed 2 sons of my own, one very successfully and the other one was wrought with problems. I know what it feels like to have breastfeeding succeed and the sorrow when it doesn’t.

I believe breastfeeding is a personal choice and I am here to help a mother reach her breastfeeding goals.

How do I do it

I come to your house upon an agreed time when the baby will be hungry and observe a breastfeeding session vs a pumping session. I will weigh the baby first on a high caliber scale and then the baby nurses and then we reweigh the baby to see how much they actually get at the breast.  You will have a personalized feeding plan devised at the end of the consult to protect you and your baby’s milk supply.

I also offer breast pump assistance by observing a pumping session, evaluating the flange size, and helping you understand your breast pump.

What I do

I offer in home lactation consultations and group classes.  

My fee for the consult is $150.00 which is all inclusive for any supplies you may need such as Motherlove herbal support, nipple shells or shields, flanges, nipple balms and dietary aids. 

Continued Support includes telephone, text and emails for the entire time you breastfeed your baby; weigh scales that I loan out at no charge for a 2 week period; a detailed report of the consult to the pediatrician and the obstetrician of choice; a super bill and a monetary receipt is included to file with the insurance company for reimbursement for our visit.

Group classes include breastfeeding preparation and infant massage.  Please see the calendar of events for current class offerings.  

 

 

Let me help you and your baby.

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