Why would I need to make an appointment to see an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?
There are a few reasons why you might need a lactation consultant.
- Your baby is having difficulty latching
- Your nipples are sore or damaged
- Your baby is not back to birth weight at two weeks
- Your baby is fussy, gassy, and pulling off of the breast
- You are concerned about your milk supply (too little, too much)
- To help prepare for going back to work
Some insurance companies do offer lactation consultations as a benefit. Please check with your insurance company to see if that is offered under your plan.
At the present time, we are contracted with some insurance companies. Not all insurance companies offer contracts to IBCLC’s.
Lactation consultations are $175 for a home visit and $135 for an office visit.
A consultation varies in length depending on the issue/concern and the baby. On average, a consultation lasts about 1.5 hours.
- If possible, try to feed your baby about an hour or more prior to the consultation. That will avoid the baby being too full and refusing to eat during the consultation or too hungry and frantic.
- If you have questions about your pump, you may want to bring it for the consultation
- Have good records that show the feeding pattern of the baby and the number of wet and dirty diapers for the last few days.
- Have goals for what you want to achieve. This will allow the Lactation Consultant to assist you in planning ways to achieve your goals.