Hi! I’m Vanessa Prinz, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) based in the western suburbs of Chicago. As an IBCLC at a local hospital, I provide both inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding support. In my private practice, I have worked with hundreds of families throughout Chicagoland and beyond in the form of in-home and virtual consultations in addition to teaching breastfeeding classes and facilitating support groups. My approach is unique in that I address the individual needs of both mother and baby. I am committed to providing warm, caring and unbiased support to help you reach your breastfeeding goals and enjoy the motherhood journey. Together, we will find a way.
Bachelor of Science (2000)
IBLCE, ILCA, USLCA, NILCA, IBCLC Masterclass, TOTs Training
INITIAL VISIT (90 MINS) Baby is weighed initially to assess growth pattern and throughout feeding to determine milk transfer. Baby’s oral anatomy and mother’s breasts are examined for abnormalities. Feeding is observed; positioning and baby’s latch and suck are assessed and adjusted as needed. Pumping and bottle-feeding instructions are given if needed. Client’s questions and concerns are addressed. Client receives a comprehensive plan. A detailed report is sent to the physicians of mother and baby. Client receives a follow-up call within 2-3 days to address any further concerns. FOLLOW-UP VISIT (60-90 MINS) Check progress on the plan established in the Initial Home Visit. Discuss any new or changed goals. Client receives a comprehensive plan. A detailed report is sent to the physicians of mother and baby. Mother receives a follow-up call within 2-3 days to address any further concerns. OFFICE WEIGHT CHECK (15 MINS) Baby is weighed in a dry diaper before feeding. Recommendation for any modification of plan is provided. Client receives an email following the visit including baby’s weight and any relevant notes from discussion. PRENATAL MINI CONSULT (15 MINS) Client is educated on what to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding, with a brief Q&A to follow. PRENATAL CONSULT (90 MINS) Client is educated on what to expect with breastfeeding including positioning and latch basics. Client’s breastfeeding goals, questions and concerns, and potential challenges are addressed. Client receives a breastfeeding plan and access to IBCLC for phone/text support following delivery. BACK-TO-WORK CONSULT (90 MINS) Visit is scheduled ideally four to eight weeks before mother returns to work. Client is given step-by-step instructions (in chronological order) for making a smooth transition back to work while continuing to breastfeed. Topics covered include: how much milk to store/offer per day; planning with your employer (and your legal rights); pumping equipment, fit, techniques and frequency; hand expression; bottle introduction and feeding techniques; breast milk management/storage; caregiver training; anticipating and addressing potential challenges; and supply concerns.