We are excited to welcome Austin City Lactation to the 411 Pediatrics family! They will be partnering with us to care for all of your breastfeeding needs.

Breastfeeding Support

411 Pediatrics is pleased to offer in-house breastfeeding support services with two of Austin’s most respected certified lactation consultants!

When you bring your newborn in to 411 Pediatrics for their 3-5 day old doctor’s appointment during the weekdays, our lactation consultants will visit with you, as part of the office visit. Our practice is committed to supporting your breastfeeding success!

Austin City Lactation consists of Alice Stegmann, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LMT and Tracy Gubelin, RN, BSN, IBCLC. In addition to support at the newborn followup visit, they also offer 60-90 minute comprehensive consultations, breast pump rentals, and sales. Home visits are available for an additional $50 convenience fee that is not covered by insurance. Please visit the Austin City Lactation website for more information about these services and prices.

Austin City Lactation partners with The Lactation Network, who may be able to bill your insurance for breastfeeding support visits. Insurance plans Lactation Network may be able to bill include:

  • BCBS PPO
  • Anthem BCBS PPO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Humana PPO
  • United Healthcare PPO
  • Multiplan logo on card regardless of carrier
  • PNOA logo on card regardless of carrier

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MEET OUR LACTATION CONSULTANTS

Alice Stegmann, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LMT

Alice, the founder of Austin City Lactation, has worked with breastfeeding families for over 15 years. She started her journey as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Asheville, North Carolina in 2005 and went on to graduate from Nursing school in 2010. It was during her time as Labor & Delivery Nurse that she fell in love with helping families meet their breastfeeding goals. 

Since receiving her IBCLC in 2015, Alice has worked in various settings including hospital clinics, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and private practice home visits.

Alice is passionate about helping families meet their health and breast/chest-feeding goals, and is dedicated to providing holistic, up-to-date, evidence-based care. She has completed the IBCLC Master Class series on oral restrictions/habilitation (tongue/lip ties) and is currently working towards her Board Certification in Holistic Nursing.

Alice’s Credentials

  • International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) from IBLCE
  • Registered Nurse (Texas, Ohio)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) from the American Heart Association
  • Licensed Massage Therapist (Texas, Michigan, Ohio)
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Tracy Gubelin, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Tracy has worked with mothers and their newborns for over 12 years. She started her journey as a NICU nurse, working with medically fragile and premature infants.  She obtained her IBCLC in 2013, after noticing a lack of knowledge for breastfeeding support in the West Texas NICU where she worked.

Tracy was born prematurely herself and her mother struggled to breastfeed and make enough milk for her. Tracy prides herself in that she is now able to help women similar to her mother to reach their breastfeeding goals. 

Tracy’s credentials

  • International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) from IBLCE
  • Registered Nurse (Texas)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Red Cross

 


 

Common Breastfeeding Questions

Q. Why should I consult a Lactation Consultant?

A. For something that is “natural,” breastfeeding is not always easy in the beginning. In ancient times, women had family and friends to help with potential initial challenges –today you may need some expert advice to help get started. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is part of the maternal-child health care team that focuses on helping the mother and child with any breastfeeding issues or concerns. Generally, a lactation consultant helps mom and baby with issues such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production and inadequate weight gain. Some of the many services we offer include:

  • Helping with positioning and latch to achieve optimal milk transfer and minimize nipple pain
  • Assisting babies with special challenges such as prematurity, NICU stays, and anatomical challenges
  • Assessing Mom’s milk supply and helping to increase milk production as needed
  • Providing prenatal information and breastfeeding education to mothers-to-be via private or group classes
  • Pump instruction and flange fitting
  • Hospital grade pump rental and limited retail of breastfeeding accessories

Q. What happens during a breastfeeding consultation?

A. We are committed to helping you achieve YOUR breastfeeding goals! Our consultations generally last up to 90 minutes, and include:

  • Discussing mother’s medical, pregnancy and birth history
  • Observing mother and baby while breastfeeding and making necessary adjustments to latching and/or positioning technique
  • Assessing mother’s breasts and nipples
  • Assessing baby’s mouth, tongue, palate, and suck
  • Obtaining baby’s pre and post feeding weight to ensure proper milk transfer
  • Creating a written plan that works for you to achieve your goals
  • Communicating our assessment and plan with your physician and/or pediatrician
  • Providing a superbill for you to file for insurance reimbursement

Our service includes follow-up calls to ensure feeding continues as discussed, and additional follow-up visits as needed (at additional charge).

Q. Why is breastfeeding so important?

A. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development.

— Healthy People 2010, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia


 

Benefits of Breastmilk:

  • It’s rich in nutrients and antibodies
  • The composition changes with the baby’s nutritional and developmental needs – it’s perfectly designed for your baby
  • Helps with brain and gut development
  • Is a lot less expensive than formula and never gets recalled!

For Mom:

  • Helps with bonding with baby
  • Studies show that breastfeeding moms get more sleep than formula feeding mothers
  • Reduces risk of postpartum depression
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding
  • Reduces risk for certain breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
  • Decreases risk of developing osteoporosis later in life
  • Burns up to 500 calories per day, helping Mom return to her pre-pregnant body more quickly
  • Breastfed babies are sick less, which means fewer days of staying home with a sick child, fewer visits to the doctor’s office, and less medication expenses

For Baby:

  • Provides immunity and protective antibodies – breastfed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life
  • Breastfed infants develop higher IQ’s, and have improved brain and nervous system development
  • Reduces incidence of ear and respiratory infections
  • Decreases risk of developing many diseases later in life including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and cancer before the age of 15
  • Reduces risk of obesity later in life
  • Nursing promotes facial structure development, assisting with speech and dentition formation

Dr. Ari Brown, DadLabs,
Breastfeeding positions

Meet our Lactation Consultants

helina

Helina Teshome is a registered nurse, an international board certified lactation consultant and a mom.

kiran

Kiran Hahn is a registered nurse, international board certified lactation consultant, and a mom