Why do I need a Lactation Consultant?
- work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
- collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
- encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
- educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.
Do you take insurance?
I will provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Payment is expected in full at the time of your visit.
How far are you willing to travel?
Google routes of 20 miles or less from zip code 44144 are included in the consultation fee. If you live beyond 20 miles from my home, I will inform you of any extra charges that may apply for travel. $2 per mile covers my gas and extra time for traveling to visit you.
Will you see me in your office?
If necessary, I can arrange for an office location for us to meet. I do not keep regular office hours, and I do not see clients in my home. I do have a variety of day and evening times, and weekend times, where I am able to come to your home.
Shouldn't I just call a support group or the hospital?
Mother-to-mother support is a valuable resource for new mothers to gather information and support. You can get phone or meeting support from groups like La Leche League and Breastfeeding USA from other mothers who have successfully breastfed at least one child. Sometimes breastfeeding problems can extend beyond the skills of a volunteer group.
Sometimes the hospital where your baby was born will offer follow up lactation "warm" lines (voicemail) or support groups, which are great for support but not for urgent or critical needs.
An IBCLC is a part of your healthcare team. I will make an appointment to meet with you in person as soon as possible, perform examinations and screenings, create a detailed care plan, provide supplies if necessary, and communicate with your doctors.
What do I need to do to get ready for a home visit?
Please don't do anything to get ready! You have a new baby, and I fully expect that you will be resting in your pajamas when I arrive.
If you have any cats or dogs, please have them put into another room, outside, or in their crate while I visit.