Lactation consultants: 10 things you always wanted to know


6. How can you find an IBCLC in your area?

To find a lactation consultant you can go to their professional organization the International Lactation Consultant's Association (ILCA) or ask your local physician, hospital, visiting nurse associations, La Leche League leader or other nursing mother's organizations, childbirth educators, or doulas, or check your phonebook under "breastfeeding" or "childbirth."

7. What happens at a typical breastfeeding consultation?
An initial lactation visit usually includes; a complete health and birth history of both mother and infant, a physical assessments of mother and baby related to breastfeeding function, assessment of the infant's suck, observation and assistance of a breastfeeding episode, identification of the breastfeeding problem, personalized recommendations to address breastfeeding concerns, including equipment if needed, and both written and demonstrative instructions. Follow up is provided via phone or with additional visits.

8. How much can you expect to pay for a consultation with an IBCLC?
Lactation Consultant fees vary by geographic area and level of expertise but you can expect to pay approximately $25 to $100 per hour. Most initial visits last one to two hours.

9. Is the consultation covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans cover lactation visits. Be sure to check with your insurance company regarding coverage and any special requirements such as a physician referral. Some lactation consultants are paid directly through your insurance, some require you to pay at the visit and submit for reimbursement.

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