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BREASTFEEDING & LACTATION

Breastfeeding
& Lactation

Breastfeeding & Lactation Support at Balance Health.

Kristine Miles is a qualified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Breastfeeding Counsellor and Physiotherapist.

 

Antenatal consultations are available for preventative care, breastfeeding plans, and guidance with antenatal expression of colostrum.

 

Post natal appointments are available for managing a variety of breastfeeding challenges including supply and attachment issues, breast and nipple pain, and recurrent mastitis. Lactation consultations are available on Fridays.

 

For acute mastitis, please phone the clinic for priority booking with a member of our women's health physiotherapy team.

Private health Insurance rebates available.

Postnatal Breastfeeding & Lactation Consultations.

Postnatal consultations may include the following;

counselling 

education

resources

help with milk supply concerns

expressing

positioning and attachment

nipple trauma 

recurrent mastitis

 

A written care plan is provided and access to email for follow up questions for 2 weeks post consultation.

Postnatal

Antenatal Breastfeeding & Lactation Consultations.

Antenatal consultations may include the following;

counselling

education

resources

guidance with antenatal expression of colostrum

creation of breastfeeding plan

mastitis prevention plan if required

 

A written care plan is provided and access to email for follow up questions for 2 weeks post initial consultation.

Antenatal

Kristine Miles

Senior Physiotherapist / Clinical Supervisor, Lactation Consultant, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.

Introducing Kristine Miles; Lactation Consultant & Senior Physiotherapist, trained in Women's Pelvic Health physiotherapy.

Kristine’s special interest areas include management of complex spinal conditions, nutrition, and women’s health (read more about Women's Health Services here).

 

Kristine is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Counselling,  is certified in the McKenzie Method and DMA Clinical Pilates, and trained in musculoskeletal acupuncture.

  • What should I bring/wear to my first appointment?
    Bring any relevant scans, X-rays, CT's or MRI, or any other Medical information that you think may be important. Make sure you wear loose comfortable clothes that will allow you to move around easily.
  • Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?
    No. You can make an appointment directly without a referral. A referral is generally not required to see an physiotherapist as a private patient. All WorkSafe and TAC clients can make an appointment without a referral, however, they must have an approved claim number for entitlement to physiotherapy services. ​ The only time you will need a referral is if you wish to consult a physiotherapist under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care program or through Veterans' Affairs. A GP must assess your eligibility and complete a specific referral for Medicare or DVA funded Physiotherapy.
  • Do you do dry needling?
    Kristine & Casey are both qualified in dry needling. Wondering what dry needling is? Read all about it here in our educational article.
  • Is Physiotherapy covered by Private Health Insurance?
    Yes. Private health funds provide varying levels of cover for Physiotherapy. Please contact your health fund for details of your entitled benefits.
  • Is Physiotherapy covered by Medicare?
    If you have had pain for longer than expected you can visit your doctor and request a Medicare plan referral. If you doctor deems you eligible they may print and fill out the Medicare Care Plan Referral form. For more information about eligability you can download this PDF. Please keep in mind that medicare rebates do NOT cover the full costs of treatment. You will be required to pay for the appointment in full. We complete the Medicare claim on your behalf and you will receive the rebate for your appointment within 48 hours.
  • Does Balance Health accept TAC, Workcover and DVA patients?
    Yes! Additionally, TAC & DVA patients are bulk-billed, Worksafe patients may be required to pay a gap fee.
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