Believe Midwifery Services, LLC is dedicated to breastfeeding success. All clinicians are expected to be lactation consultants, and all assistants are provided extensive breastfeeding education.
Dr. Penny Lane CNM holds an undergraduate degree in maternal/child health and lactation consulting. She has nearly two decades of experience working with lactating mothers, has sat for the international lactation consultant exam twice, and has fewer greater joys than encouraging mothers, advocating for their rights, and working through challenges in effort to optimize the breastfeeding couples experience.
Our boutique has a plethora of breastfeeding supplies, including a hospital-grade Hygeia pump for rental.
Dr. Lane is available for private lactation consultations within either the Carmel or Lafayette office, and when appropriate, Dr. Lane can offer a frenectomy (releasing the tongue-tie) or clipping of a tight labial frenulum (upper lip).
We can assist breastfeeding mothers with poor positioning, improper latch, dysfunctional or disorganized sucking, flat or inverted nipples, ankyloglossia, strong vacuum application by the infant, C. albicans, eczema, Raynaud’s phenomenon, vasospasm, nipple blebs, incorrect pump flange size, and bacterial infections.
Believe Midwifery Services, LLC is also able to provide donated breastmilk, both screened donor milk from the Indiana Human Milk Bank and mother-to-mother sharing from clients in our practice.
Tongue & Lip Ties
The tongue or lip tie may also be called a tight lingual or labial frenulum, or in diagnostic terms, ankyloglossia. This is a congenital finding in approximately 3-15% of all newborns. As breastfeeding gains more prominence in our culture, those issues that challenge its success are also getting more attention. Instead of giving the newborn a bottle and an artificial breastmilk replacement, providers are starting to dig further into the issue, appreciating that normal, healthy breastfed babies should be able to successfully breastfeed and not doing so does pose risk to their health.
Mothers are also becoming more knowledgeable and are better advocating for themselves. They are learning that a tongue tie or lip tie can cause nipple soreness and damage. It can cause a poor suck or a failure to thrive baby. Some women loose their milk supply, sometimes not for months. Little ones may later have dental problems, speech issues, reflux, indigestion, and we are even seeing more adults coming in for frenotomies because of chronic headaches and even the desire to lick an ice cream cone!
A tongue tie revision can be done either with laser or with scissors. Our practice utilizes scissors, which eliminates the risk of laser damage to the eyes, and allows our parents to be present. It is also less expensive for our clients. Laser has the advantage of more readily removing the additional skin however. Because our clinicians are all lactation consultants, we can also integrate lactation support into our consultation beyond the revision itself.
As your baby learns to use their tongue in a new way, they may need additional support in learning new breastfeeding techniques, or breaking old habits. Our office can help you discern which therapies would be most helpful after the revision, and we can assist mom in regaining an optimal milk supply.
InfantRisk Center – national call center for mothers and providers with questions about the use of specific medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 806-352-2519
Obtaining the Optimal Latch: Ameda’s Latch video
Breastfeeding in Public Instructional Videos: Nursing Tops, Legal Rights, Privacy Props, Breastfeeding with a Blanket, with a Baby Wrap, with a Ring Sling, with a Nursing Cover and a Nursing Shawl, a Mei Tai and with a Pregnancy Band, and Breastfeeding Positions in Public.
Enhancing Milk Production: Long-term milk production, Maximizing milk production with hands-on pumping, Increasing Caloric Content of Milk, Bottle nipples that minimize nipple confusion or flow preference.
Scroll down the left side of this page for a plethora of resources to support your breastfeeding journey!
“Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.” Psalm 22:9
Videos Dr. Lane Enjoys
- Dr. Nils Bergman – What we can learn from horses
- Dar La Teta Es Dar Vida
- Breast crawl by newborn baby
- Breastfeed – Be a Star
- Breast is No Longer Best
- Formation of Dietary Preferences
- Dr. Nils Bergman – Skin to Skin Contact
- Mayim Bialik’s Top 5 FAQ’s About Attachment Parenting
- Embarrassed – Spoken Word by Hollie McNish