Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IBCLC?
"International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings, while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding." International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
Does my insurance cover a consult?
Although the Affordable Care Act allows most insurance plans to cover up to six lactation consults, many women have found it challenging to get their lactation consults reimbursed by insurance companies. I am pursuing becoming contracted as an In-Network provider with as many insurance companies possible. This allows me to be able to bill insurance companies for the lactation consult, while allowing women to seek lactation support when needed without worrying about cost. Please ask about which insurance companies I am contracted with.
Why choose an IBCLC?
An international Board Certified Lactation Consultant is widely recognized as the highest standard of lactation care.
Will you still see me even if I am not exclusively breastfeeding?
Absolutely! My job is to help you reach your goal - whatever that may be. I will provide evidence based information, but will always respect your decision regarding your child.
Do you use a scale in your home visits?
I use a portable scale that measures accurately to one gram in order to assess a baby's milk transfer following a breastfeeding session.
Do you perform tongue tie release or other medical procedures?
I am trained to assess tongue and lip ties, and I can refer to the appropriate medical specialist if needed for your child.
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