- Preparing for your consultation
- What can I expect at a lactation consultation?
- What is an IBCLC?
- Do I need an IBCLC?
- Where do you travel?
- Do you take insurance?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
Preparing for your consultation
The beauty of an in-home lactation consultation is that you don’t have to do a thing. Just be home at the agreed-upon appointment time, which should be planned around one of your baby’s anticipated feeding times. Please do not clean, cook, or tidy up for our visit. We’re coming to help, not judge! We’ve been new, exhausted mothers ourselves, so we understand.
What can I expect at a lactation consultation?
One of our IBCLCs will visit your home at the agreed-upon appointment time to meet you, your partner or other support people, and your baby. A typical home visit lasts anywhere from one and a half to two hours. We will discuss your breastfeeding goals as well as the challenges or problems you’re facing, watch your baby feed, and work with you to create a care plan for moving forward. We will complete necessary forms and take payment at the start of our visit.
What is an IBCLC?
An international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) is an experienced and highly skilled allied health professional. An IBCLC has passed an accredited exam designed and administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Candidates for the exam are required to complete up to 1,000 hours of clinical work and earn educational credits in health science courses such as anatomy and physiology, cultural diversity, psychology and counseling, infant and child development, and nutrition, as well as complete almost 100 hours of lactation-specific education. The IBCLC certification is recognized as the highest credential for health professionals who work with breastfeeding women and babies. All IBCLCs are required to adhere to IBLCE’s Professional Standards.
Do I need an IBCLC?
Some breastfeeding challenges are easily addressed with subtle positioning changes, additional education for mom, or simple tricks to improve baby’s latch. Other challenges are not so simply fixed, and may be part of a larger issue that only an IBCLC will have the experience and education to evaluate and assess.
Where do you travel?
Blue Ridge Breastfeeding serves the tri-state region of southern PA, western MD, and eastern WV. Our home visit fee includes travel within a 25-mile radius of Hagerstown, MD. Home visits outside this area will incur a $30 travel fee.
Do you take insurance?
Many insurance companies will provide coverage for the services of an IBCLC. We encourage you to contact your insurance company to find out the specifics of your coverage. We do not bill your insurance company directly, but will provide you with a detailed insurance claim form (known as a superbill) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.