Karissa has worked with over 1,000 Families in both private practice and at the lactation clinic she founded at Cary Pediatrics. Her holistic approach is based on the most up to date evidence based information, and in the belief that empowerment comes through education and compassionate care. Karissa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and lactation.
Karissa facilitates in the process of developing a comfortable and healthy breastfeeding relationship. She also works with those who choose not to feed at the chest. She named her practice Second Nature because clients reach out when something just doesn't feel right. It is her goal that through compassion and education, parents are able to become comfortable with the process as if it's second nature.
To learn more about Karissa and how she practices, please visit the links below
"Karissa was a BLESSING to me after my son was born! We were having issues nursing & she was a huge help! She made me feel so comfortable & is the reason my son & I had such a great nursing relationship" -Rachel B
Lactation consultations are customized to meet a client's needs. It is your time to discuss the topics you want to address. There are hundreds of reasons to see an IBCLC, here are a few:
Karissa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC, and offers lactation and breastfeeding support to Parents and Babies in their Raleigh- Durham Triangle homes, or at our Apex office. Customized care plans identify individual needs and goals based on a comprehensive examination and evaluation. No two consults are the same, but this is what a postpartum consult visit may look like.
First, Getting To Know One Another and Establishing Goals
The first part of the meeting is about getting to know where you are in your journey. Karissa will have reviewed your intake forms and may want to expand the conversation about your medical history and perinatal experience. She will ask you what your lactation goals are, and identify how to best proceed to reach those goals. She may conduct an exam to assess breast health. Karissa is here to support all Families including those who do not want to, or cannot chestfeed, as well as those who do breastfeed.
Next, Comprehensive Exams and Assessments
Next, Karissa will get to know your little one and may examine your baby's oral anatomy and suckling ability. She will ask questions about the baby's health history. She may observe them at the breast/chest and note pre and postfeed weight with her scale. Feeding is NOT ballet. There are no perfect positions! During the feeding assessment, Karissa will help you find the most comfortable way for you to feed your baby. If you own a pump, you may be asked to express, and she is happy to offer guidance with this.
Then, Collaboration On a Plan That is Attainable and Sustainable
Karissa will then work with you on a sustainable care plan. Her goal is leave you with suggestions and goals that are attainable, realistic and have your stamp approval. Some plans may simple breastfeeding tips with follow up, while others will be suggestions to build confidence as you continue on your journey. These customized plans and meeting notes will be in your portal and can forwarded to your Health Care Provider(s).
Finally, Putting the Care Plan into Action and Evaluating Progress
Karissa offers (1) fifteen minute Telehealth video call after consults, and email exchanges on our secure portal. After a few days of working the care plan, it is important to reevaluate and tweak as needed.
Lactation Consultations within the comfort of your own home. Includes
Lactation consultations in a serene office located in Apex, NC. Includes
20 minute video conferencing for prenatal lactation consults and for established clients.
Topics may include:
Lactation Consultations within the comfort of your own home. Includes support for lactating parent and both babies. (If you need support for one baby, please schedule under a singleton consult. For help with more than two babies, please contact Karissa.
Lactation consultations in a serene office located in Apex, NC. Includes support for lactating parent and both babies. (If you need support for one baby, please schedule under a singleton consult. For help with triplets, please contact Karissa.
These 60 minute meetings are for uncomplicated lactation follow up appointments and prenatal breastfeeding guidance in our Apex office.
For home visit follow ups, please contact Karissa directly.
We are an out of network provider; however, we do take FSA/HSA card payments. After a consultation, you will be sent a superbill that you can submit to insurance for a reimbursement request.
Bring anything and everything that you use in your daily life to feed your baby. It could range from just the two of you and a pillow, to bringing pumps, bottles and your extended family.
We try to get you in as soon as possible. We've been there and know that support is needed quickly! If you need to be seen same day, please call 919-961-9885 as our portal will not allow you to schedule any earlier than a day out.
Initial consults are pretty darn comprehensive and we encourage email and video chat follow up. Usually one consult will get you moving in the right direction, and very often that is all that is necessary.
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