Lactation Consultation

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Did you know that your health insurance should reimburse you for your lactation consultation? AETNA has even had in-network IBCLC’s waiting for you (they just won’t tell you!). Here is how to communicate with your insurance about reimbursing your lactation consultation.

Also, check out your rights about getting reimbursed on the New York Lactation Consultation Association Website.

Please contact your insurance during pregnancy so you can line up lactation help before the birth.

What happens during a consultation?

  • (breast)feeding will be observed
  • Your baby’s mouth will be examined
  • Your breasts will be examined
  • Pre- and post-feed weight checks
  • 48 hour care plan and physician report
  • Help you develop a plan to meet your breastfeeding goals
  • Show you safe side-lying position
  • Your questions will finally get answered
  • You will receive guidance on introducing solids and weaning
  • One week of phone, email or text follow-up

You will learn:

  • how to make sure your baby is latched on correctly (if you are breastfeeding)
  • how to supplement if planned or necessary
  • how to avoid sore nipples and infections
  • how to treat the cord
  • how to take care of your baby
  • what changes to expect in your baby
  • how your partner can be super-helpful
  • what to do when your baby has jaundice
  • how to have the best recovery from vaginal birth or a c-section
  • what body changes to expect after birth
  • how to notice signs of postpartum depression
  • what to eat during the postpartum phase
  • and much more

Whether you are still pregnant and planning on breastfeeding or gave birth and you are struggling or have a million questions- lactation consultation is just as important as birth support. What is a lactation consultant/IBCLC? An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

In order to obtain the IBCLC credential, a candidate must complete educational requirements in the Health Sciences, Human Lactation, and Breastfeeding. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Nutrition, Infant and Child Development, and Introduction to Research to name a few. In addition to the educational requirements, candidates are expected to accrue a minimum of 1000 clinical hours where they are directly supervised by experienced IBCLC’s. Upon completion of their education and clinical experience, they must pass the IBCLC exam set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Most New York State health insurance companies will reimburse for lactation consultations.

A home visit lasts 90 minutes and the rate is $395 per visit for singletons or $447 for twins. I offer consultations in most parts of Brooklyn, most parts of Queens and Manhattan up to 125th Street.

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