As a Certified Breastfeeding Educator, I am able to assist with the initial latch immediately after birth, instruct, educate, and dispel myths about the basics of breastfeeding, recognize, troubleshoot and assist with common issues, and help support the breastfeeding mother through her entire breastfeeding season with her child.
Breastfeeding Consultations are $150 flat fee for up to 120 minutes in your own home. Sliding Scale Available.
I am available for private in-home consultations. A breastfeeding visit includes a visit with myself for at least 90 minutes to offer education and guidance, help you build a breastfeeding and pumping routine, and create a care plan if breastfeeding isn’t going the way you envisioned.
If for some reason there is an issue that requires more advanced assistance, a referral to a local IBCLC or Tongue/Lip Tie Specialist will be arranged.
Some common reasons for a lactation visit:
- Baby not latching well
- Sore/cracked/bleeding nipples
- Sleepy baby at breast
- Increase a low milk supply
- Managing engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis
- Breastfeeding chat and vent session ;-)
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PLEASE NOTE: THE PRICE OF A LACTATION CONSULTATION IS 4-6% OF THE COST OF FORMULA ALONE DURING THE FIRST YEAR (ESTIMATED AT $2000).
OF COURSE, THE COSTS OF NOT BREASTFEEDING ARE SPREAD OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE FIRST YEAR WHEREAS A LACTATION CONSULTATION IS PAID IN ONE LUMP SUM, WHICH CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR NEW PARENTS IF THEY FIND INSURANCE WILL NOT REIMBURSE. SO HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS THAT MAY HELP:
- Lactation consultations and breast pump purchase or rental are now tax-deductible as medical expenses. As such, they can be purchased through your Health Reimbursement Arrangements, (HRA), Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
- Get your employer to pay. Some companies participate in Workplace Lactation Programs in which the employer pays for lactation education and support, including lactation consultations and breast pump purchase or rental. Contact me for more information regarding starting a Workplace Lactation Program in your (or your partner's) place of employment.
- Use a credit card to help defer or spread out payment.
- If you qualify for WIC services, request an IBCLC. If you are in Florida, I can submit a referral to Healthy Start for free lactation services if you meet the requirements. Although most breastfeeding helpers at WIC are Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, some local WIC offices do employ an IBCLC. (If you have difficulty finding an IBCLC through WIC, contact me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)