Today we’re going to talk about my supply kit for IBCLC home visits- the batch of supplies and tools that I bring along to visits. I do primarily home visits in my private practice, so I need to keep everything with me in my car just in case I need it.
There’s nothing worse than working with a client and realizing the one tool you need (but almost never use) is sitting at home in a locked filing cabinet!
I’m always tweaking my supplies. I’ll be honest, I like trying out tools and every time a new product comes on the market that I think my clients would use I have to resist the urge to buy five of them and hand them out for free.
My home visit supply kit consists of three different bags/suitcases, all with different supplies and uses.
And believe it or not, it’s taken me a lot of self-control to whittle my visit kit down to this small (ha!) list.
My supply kit for IBCLC home visits
Bag #1: My Visit Bag
This is my main visit bag that I bring into every consult, whether it’s a quick prenatal visit or a 2 hour long initial visit.
I use a soft-sided, small roller bag meant for travel. It’s small enough to fit under an airplane seat but large enough to fit papers and a clipboard. Plus, it’s got lots of pockets inside and out so I never run out of places to stash small items.
Here’s what I keep in my visit bag:
- Expanding file folder filled with handouts (I love me some handouts and you can’t force me to go completely paperless. I refuse.)
- Clipboard, client’s chart & info packet (with my business card and a custom milk storage fridge magnet- when the visit is over all the papers I give to my clients go in here)
- Nipple shield fitting set & extra Lansinoh nipple shields and Mamivac “cherry” shaped shields
- Latex free exam gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Headlamp flashlight for oral exams
- Medihoney sample tubes
- Pens, breath mints, Square readers, name badge lanyard with belly ball, my water bottle
Bag #2: My Scale Bag
When I purchased my scale I also bought the Tanita soft carrying case, but honestly, I hated it and sent it back. Instead I purchased this 24″ hard case wheeled suitcase that can hold my scale plus extra supplies.
I’m not madly in love with it because it’s bulky, but the scale is big so I don’t have a lot of choices. This suitcase absolutely serves its’ purpose and has kept my fancy-schmancy scale safe and protected.
I don’t bring my scale in to every visit, but I keep it out in the car just in case.
Bag #3: My Car/Storage Bag
So my visit bag is the stuff I use the most often, and my scale bag holds the bigger stuff that I use frequently but not every time.
That’s not *all* my gear but some things just don’t need to be lugged into every consult. I have a large shopping tote in the back of my van, and if I need any of these things during my visit I run outside to grab them.
Here’s what I keep in my car bag, just in case:
- Demo babies (known to everyone else as “baby dolls”)
- Haakaa silicone pump (mostly used by parents as a drip catcher)
- Pumpin’ Pals fitting set and other odd-sized flanges
- Medela pump gauge
- Bottles (on the very rare chance that the family doesn’t have any and we need to supplement)
- Swaddle blankets (you never know when these will come in helpful)
- Hospital grade pump and pump kit
What I *don't* have in my kit (but I should)
What don’t I have in my car that I should? Here’s a short list of stuff I always think about when I’m on the road, but never when I’m home and can grab them…
I do know other IBCLCs who carry stuff like this with them at all times. They’re smarter than I am.
- A clean shirt
- A sweater
- A demo baby carrier
- A rice sock or something like it that I can warm up during a visit
- Ditto for disposable cold packs
- Snacks for myself and bottled water
- A boob wedge with a washable cover
- A magic wand that instantly fixes all low milk supply, nipple damage, mastitis, and tongue ties and also cures gassiness, fussiness, and colic
So now you know what I bring with me… and what I should bring. But remember when I said I love gadgets and tools? I can’t promise that there won’t be additions to these lists by next week!
If you think of anything I missed, or there’s something you love carrying with you that I didn’t mention, drop me a comment below…
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