Do I need an IBCLC?

You and your baby can benefit from a consult and support from an IBCLC if: you experienced no breast changes during your pregnancy, you have hormonal deficiencies like PCOS or a thyroid condition, you have breast anatomical challenges like inverted or flat nipples or your breasts are significant asymmetrical with large spacing in between them, you have a history of breast or nipple surgery or procedures like augmentation, reduction, biopsy, single breast removal, or piercings, you are experiencing nipple pain and damage or having difficulty with latch and or positioning, it is day five and your production still hasn't transitioned from colostrum (in smaller quantities) to mature milk (in larger quantities), your baby was born prematurely, your baby is not ganging weight effectively or is jaundice, your baby has anatomical issues like a cleft lip or palate, you suspect your baby may have a lip, tongue or buccal tie, you gave birth to multiples, you need help with supplementing your baby,  you need help with a pumping plan, you are returning to work outside the home or to school, you have questions about breastfeeding while pregnant, or you need support feeling more confident with your baby's feeding.


What is the difference between an IBCLC and all the other lactation supporters?

Figuring out which provider to see can feel frustrating. Other lactation providers can qualify for their particular designation by simply taking up to 40 hours of classroom instruction and sitting for typically a multiple answer test.  IBCLC, or International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, who are Registered Lactation Consultants, are healthcare professionals who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding and are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  An IBCLC works with families to develop and support the implementation of an effective clinical care plan for both mom and baby. IBCLCs are required to complete a rigorous educational curriculum, which includes 14 health sciences courses, up to 1000 closely supervised clinical lactation hours, and to successfully pass a 5-hour international board exam.For in-network Aetna members, your insurance covers up to 1.5 hours for six consults.  For out-of network, self-pay clients, the initial visit typically lasts up to 2 hours and follow up visits are up to 1.5 hours.


How long is a typical consult?

For in-network Aetna members, your insurance covers up to 1.5 hours for six consults.  For out-of network, self-pay clients, the initial visit typically lasts up to 2 hours and follow up visits are up to 1.5 hours.


Do I need a consult if I am bottle feeding?

IBCLCs can help you and your baby with any type of infant feeding needs. Feeding directly at the breast is the physiological norm for our babies BUT some times this is not achievable.  An IBCLC can help you create a feeding and milk production plan that will meet your individual goals. If you are not expressing any milk, we can help you optimize bottle feeding for your baby.


Why do I need to fill out the forms before the visit?

Just as with any other healthcare provider, it is required that IBCLCs have a complete health history and consent form for you and your baby in order to provide you with the most optimal support and care possible.  Filling out and returning the forms ahead of the consult allows us to prepare to best meet your needs.  For Aetna members, it is essential that your insurance information and all other paperwork is completely filled out and signed prior to your scheduled visit in order to ensure that I can charge your insurance plan directly.