North Shore Lactation provides the following services to families throughout the Chicago North Shore:

  • Prenatal Visit – Prenatal visits are beneficial for first-time mothers or anyone who wants to make sure that breastfeeding gets off to the best start possible.  The first days of the baby’s life, and even the first minutes, are crucial to developing the bond between mother and baby and in building your baby’s interest and skills in nursing.  During prenatal visits, North Shore Lactation will provide you with the tools and resources to help you and your baby succeed in breastfeeding from the start.
  • In-Home Consultation – In-home consultations typically include (i) a review of the health histories of both the mother and the baby, (ii) observation of a breastfeeding session and assessment of the latch and positioning, (iii) weighing the baby with a hospital grade scale before and after the session to measure the baby’s intake, and (iv) addressing any concerns that the mother or family have and reassuring their efforts.  From this assessment, North Shore Lactation will provide a care plan to help you meet and exceed your breastfeeding goals.  A typical in-home consultation lasts around 90 minutes.  Telephone, text and email follow-up after the in-home consultation are included.
  • Follow-Up In-Home Consultation – The initial in-home consultation is often successful in resolving issues, but sometimes issues linger and often other issues develop over time.  Follow-up in-home consultations will help you stay on track to meet and exceed your breastfeeding goals.  Follow-up in-home consultations typically last around 60 minutes.  Telephone, text and email follow-up after the follow-up in-home consultation are included.
  • Virtual Consultation – Sometimes in-home consultations are not necessary for minor breastfeeding challenges or are not practical given the rigors of managing family life and often a day job.  Virtual consultations are often helpful in such situations and allow North Shore Lactation to make observations and suggestions that will get you back on track in meeting and exceeding your goals.  Virtual consultations typically last around 45 minutes.

Insurance:  Many insurance providers reimburse their insureds for lactation support. Please speak with your insurer in advance to determine which services may be covered.

Partnership with Lactation Network: North Shore Lactation has recently partnered with the Lactation Network which is a free service that (1) determines the lactation coverage and benefits under your plan and (2) pays for your visits and later seeks reimbursement through your health insurance, eliminating the need for you to front the money.  To learn about the coverage and benefits under your plan, visit Lactation Network and enter in your plan information.  When it asks for your Lactation Consultant’s name, please enter ‘Melissa Block’ or ‘North Shore Lactation’ so that I can expedite providing services under your plan.   

Payment:  Payment shall be provided at the time services are rendered.  North Shore Lactation accepts cash, check, credit card, and Chase QuickPay.

North Shore Lactation is proud to help families across the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, including Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka.