Amwell Supports Moms with Lactation Services
Being the mom of seven, I certainly have had a lot of experience with babies. And over the years I have seen, heard of, and experienced the changes in what is believed to be best when it comes to feeding a little one.
Back when my oldest was born, mothers were not really given much of a choice. Your little one was given a bottle in the nursery for the first two days while you were recovering and if you wanted to try to nurse, they were okay with it.
When the next child came along, things had swung to the far other end. The little one was placed to nurse right in the delivery room and brought from the nursery to my room every two hours around the clock unless I ASKED the nurses to keep her so I could sleep.
Wow how things did change in the span of about five years!
Since then I feel the decision on how to best feed baby has been left up to the parents. In addition to leaving the decision to the parents, information and support has come a long, long way. No longer do you have to just rely on your parents, friends, or a doctor that may not approve of your decision for information.
I recently found out about an online service that would have been a game changer for me back when I was a young mom.
Have you heard about Amwell? No? Well let me tell you how cool it is! First, it is this nation’s largest “telehealth” (simply meaning online) company and connects users (you and me) with board-certified, licensed doctors for immediate and live, online visits. They are available around the clock and can be accessed both on your desktop or on your mobile device (through your camera).
I set up an appointment to discuss our little Miss Allie. She is the challenge child at the current time. Born a little early (at 37 weeks) she still topped the scales at over ten (10) pounds. She was the largest baby in the NICU by far!
She is our princess and a force of her own.
Allie has grown into a healthy, strong willed toddler with a smile to match! We have some of the cutest pictures of her in what we call her “milk coma”.
This little one is too busy to stop and be fed. She wants to eat on the run and as you can tell she doesn’t miss many opportunities to have her mom feed her!
She loves her bubba so much that she gives him lots of hugs…. but she has discovered her teeth.
While Allie kisses are sweet; we all are a little shy since she has mastered chomping down on our body parts. This is where I was happy to see the services added for the lactation counselors.
How do you handle a little one that still wants to nurse even if just for comfort but will chomp down at random times? I promise you it makes it hard to allow your milk to let down!
As part of this post, we were provided a visit with one of the lactation counselors. Of course my question was on biting. My daughter took the appointment and discussed ways to stop the biting without giving up the comfort and loving time shared.
Before we get into the actual appointment, let me share a little more about Amwell and how to set up your appointments.
I was impressed when I saw the services offered. Some a the general conditions they offer services for include minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. Their staff includes primary care and specialist physicians, as well as licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians. They really do have the staff to meet your health and wellness needs.
The most recent addition to their services list is Lactation Counseling. Lactation counselors are now commonly available to you while in the hospital but once home, or even a couple of months later when problems come up, there may not be someone available when you need them. Instead of giving up, you now have another option.
Not sure if you need a lactation counselor or where to find one? Check out this article and watch the video below for more information.
Okay so how do you go about connecting with Amwell? That is EASY!
Simply sign up for an account through their secured servers.
Fill in your basic information. Some is required while other fields are optional and can be updated at a later date or when you make your appointment.
If you have health insurance coverage, simply fill in the information here and Amwell will process the claim for you. Your health care insurance provider may pick up part or all of the costs depending on your coverage. Call or log on to your health care provider to see what options you have available based on your plan. My personal coverage contributes towards a certain number of visits but each plan will vary.
Once you have entered the basic information, your account is ready. Told you it was easy!
Click to schedule an appointment. You can do this by selecting a specific provider (lactation counselor) and then selecting the time that works for your schedule.
Or you can make your appointment by selecting the date first and then the lactation counselor.
Once you have made your time and choice in lactation counselor, you will easily confirm your information.
You will receive an email confirming your appointment and the opportunity to set a reminder via email or text so you don’t miss your appointment.
Okay so it was time for our appointment. We received the reminder email and logged into the Amwell site. We were asked if there were any special topics that we wanted to address and we filled in the biting issue.
Once our appointment began, we covered some basic information about the pregnancy and birth. It was nice that they covered the over all health of both mom and baby in case there might be other factors in play.
Throughout our visit, the lactation consultant was attentive and supportive. We discussed ways to encourage her to not bite. The consultant encouraged us to highlight the positives but to downplay when she forgets and bites. While this would be difficult, I do understand the reasoning. Yelling or getting mad would probably make her stop wanting the comfort from mom.
Over all I found the consultant informative and willing to dig into any need presented. I would recommend their services for not only new moms but those that may be struggling through the one-two year toddler range.
The best thing about Amwell? They have doctors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available to help with any issue — all from the comfort of your home.
Would you or is there someone you know that would like to try this service? Until the end of the year, you can use this discount code NEWMOM21 for 50% off your first 2 (two) visits. This means that your first visit would be only $65 and your second visit would be $37.50. Both well worth the cost and you can submit to your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you some of the cost. Please note that you have to put your credit card information in to hold the appointment, then once you log back in for your appointment time you will be prompted to enter the promo code.
Make sure to connect with Amwell on any of their social platforms for more information. Having an account is free and what a comfort to know that help is available at a click of a button.
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Lactation consultants are amazing! My daughter had one and it was so helpful
Jerry Marquardt says
Thank you for sharing the content. It is greatly appreciated by those in need.
Kimberly Hillman says
I was never able to do this with my three children. I feel as if I missed out with some very special bonding! My family is very close, would have loved to have done this! This is awesome!
Heather Amos says
Really loved the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us.
When I had my daughter in 2007 I had no issues with my milk coming in or her latching … it was my husband and his family that made breastfeeding hard. I found a lactation consultant and she gave me the encouragement I needed to continue breastfeeding. I was able to nurse for 22 months and 3 days because of the help and kindness from the lactation consultant.
Jay Jackson says
What a great story, thanks.
Tina Kilburn says
Glad to see this. You really don’t see lactation consultants too much.
Nidhi Chauhan says
Great pics. Thanks for sharing such amazing advice.
Thanks for the great site
molli taylor says
i am so glad to see lactation consultants actually recognized as important medical support.
Very cute! : )
Kimberly Benton says
My Granddaughter just turned 8 months & they definitely talked to my Daughter about Breastfeeding, she tried for 2 weeks & wasn’t successful so she gave up! I know she was disappointed in herself. 😯
Karen Dietrich says
It’s good to know there is advice available.
Lyndsey R. says
I tried so very hard to breast feed. Had multiple friends and family members come over to help me. It was/is so important to me that my son received breast milk as I am a very natural person. However, he would not latch for weeks. I was bleeding. It was very frustrating and painful. Certainly, wish these services were available to me 12 years ago.
Debbie Dodge says
Thank you so much for the great giveaway and your advice 🙂
Michelle S says
The hospital where I had my son had lactation services but the nurse was so pushy/bossy that she really turned me off. I ended up only breastfeeding my son for 6 weeks – I didn’t produce enough for him. I had better luck with my daughter and was able to for 9 months.
LAURIE ARNHEIM says
Things have definitely changed since I had my kids! I couldn’t breast feed. Back then, there was no shame put on the mom, then suddenly 10 years later the shame game stared! I think it’s great that things have evolved to help not only the baby, but mom! It’s great that insurance will cover this service too!
Danny Rubio says
Being a dad, seeing this first hand the steps that are taken after the birth of our kids. Two different hospitals, two different ways performed after the birth of our kids, just like said above…. I don’t understand how “Amwell” could help at the after fact of the birth of your child while your in the hospital, maybe I read it wrong…? I am a little side track with what is currently happening in London.
Cute picture,s, especially the kiss on the cheek.
Please pray for the people in the U.K. London. PEACE
Tandi Cortez says
AW! She is so cute! This program looks very neat! Thanks for the tips! 🙂
Deborah Cochran says
I will be sharing this with my daughter – thank you for sharing your story! Your little one is so adorable and I love the “milk coma” pic – it reminds me of my grandson when he was a newborn.
Lauryn R says
This sounds like a great company! I struggled with breastfeeding when I had my oldest as well, so much that the nurses at the hospital gave her a bottle. This messed it up for us and we ended up solely bottle feeding her. 5 years later when my youngest was born, they put her instantly on the breast and she never let go lol! Thanks for sharing!
Kathleen McGill says
Things have changed in my lifetime. I could not nurse any of my babies until the fourth one. I would just cry and this is a great place. Having medical professionals on the team. Wonderful
Jennifer Driskell says
Thanks for the opportunity
annette anderson says
Your baby has done great! She is the cutest little girl and I love her name.
I pray she will continue to grow stronger and healthier and always be on task at learning.
This is such a great thing for mamas!