Even as the Coronavirus crisis spreads globally and is changing how we go about our lives, families continue to need support in feeding their babies. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), we work with vulnerable populations. You and your baby’s health & well being is our top priority. This is what we are doing to ensure the safety of your family during home or office visits:
- We thoroughly clean and disinfect all supplies and equipment (breast pumps, scales) and surfaces using an EPA- approved sanitizer. We also disinfect our electronic devices used for documentation before each visit.
- We are spacing our office visits further apart, to allow time for increased cleaning, and to reduce interaction between clients.
- Upon entering our office, everyone must use hand sanitizer before touching any surfaces. We will soon be implementing thermoscan temperature screening for all who enter our office.
- We will move families directly into an exam room as soon as possible, rather than have them wait in a shared waiting area.
- We ask that when making an appointment for an office or home visit, if any of your family members have had recent travels outside of the country in areas where the virus is endemic, please keep us informed. If any family members have symptoms such as coughing, fever and/or runny nose, please inform us so we may all make prudent decisions.
- Prior to the start of all home and office visits, and between clients, as always, we wash our hands with soap and water.
- Our staff will stay home if experiencing any symptoms of illness.
- We are offering virtual visits, so families can continue to get the support they need while staying safe at home. Many insurance companies are providing coverage for virtual visits during this situation- please contact your insurance provider for details on what your plan covers. We are also happy to contact your insurance company to clarify telehealth benefits.
- We will teach you proper sterilization methods to use on pumping and feeding supplies.
Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) transmission is emerging daily. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has best practice recommendations for breastfeeding and breastmilk handling both at home and in the hospital. Please consult resources such as the CDC and the WHO for the most recent guidance.
With the proper precautions, we can continue to help parents breastfeed, use expressed breast milk, and maintain milk production, while staying safe and healthy.
With thanks to Karolina Ochoa, IBCLC