Lactation Consultations

Mother's milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature's perfect food.
~Robert S. Mendelsohn

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is the gold standard in lactation training. I have over 13 years and thousands of hours of experience providing comprehensive breastfeeding education and assistance to mothers and babies.

I also have extensive experience and special interest in identifying the different types of tongue tie, lip tie, structural restrictions and disorganized suck, as well as a focus on aftercare and suck training for babies post tongue tie treatment to help normalize function and improve breastfeeding.

But I've already seen a lactation consultant, will this be different?

There are many different types of people who provide lactation assistance. Training can vary greatly. Some may call themselves lactation consultants or LCs, but may not be an IBCLC, which requires extensive education, years of training and a comprehensive exam. IBCLCs are highly-specialized and skilled lactation providers. Even if you saw an IBCLC, there are many different areas of specialty and levels of expertise.

A visit with me may be very different than what you've experienced before. Consultations are not just a before/after feed weigh or a quick evaluation. During our first consultation, we go over questions, concerns, your history, discuss your goals, I do a very thorough oral evaluation on baby looking at anatomy and function and observe 1-2 feedings to get a comprehensive picture. Most first-time visits average 2 hours.

I follow more holistic practices and we may spend time discussing nutrition, emotions, natural therapies, the benefits of collaborative care with a naturopath, craniosacral treatment or other various modalities. I pride myself on working alongside a family to make a plan that best fits their comfort level and lifestyle. No guilt, just a comprehensive, personalized game plan to try and help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.

Examples of breastfeeding services I provide:


Your Home (Salem Area)

Initial consultation (~2 hours) $100.00

Follow-ups (~1 hour) $50.00

Office visits are available for families traveling from outside of Salem.

Most families schedule a minimum of 2 visits.

Payment is due at time of service. I accept cash or check. Credit card payments can be accepted via PayPal before scheduled consultations.

I do not bill insurance; however, I will provide you with a receipt that includes billing codes to submit to your insurance company.

Gift certificates are available.

Please email or call (503)580-3535 to schedule.

~ Emily Heldt