What happens during a consult?Most consults last about 1-1/2 hours, sometimes a little less, sometimes longer. Please make sure you eat before the lactation consultant arrives, so you are not hungry during the visit. Please make sure not to tidy up before the LC arrives. She’s there to see you and your baby(ies), not your home.
Take a detailed health history of you and your baby(ies) Take a detailed history of the birth and breastfeeding experienceAssess your breast anatomy. Assess and weigh the baby(ies)Get you and your baby(ies) together comfortably. Observe you and your baby(ies) breastfeeding or attempting to latchAssist with refining breastfeeding technique and positioningGently assist non-latching babies to latch and breastfeed
Create a follow-up lactation care plan
Follow-up with me until breastfeeding is on track
Are your services covered by my health insurance?
I am working with a few insurance companies. If you have a regular, straight-forward, non-grandfathered, non-federal PPO plan with BCBSIL (sometimes Anthem & BCBS in other states), or Cigna Multiplan, your consult will likely be covered at 100% with no deductible and no cost-sharing, and no fees beforehand or at time of service. Call me for more information.For all other plans and HMOs, it likely won’t be covered. You can call your insurance company to request pre-approval or a gap exception. Claims are frequently not accepted, so for these plans I do ask for payment up-front via check, cash, credit card or health care savings card/flex spending account card (FSA/HSA). You will be given a medical insurance superbill (medically coded invoice/receipt) and directions on how to submit it to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We do not guarantee reimbursement. This is more than I can afford. Can you give me a free visit?We would love to be able to provide this to everyone. The bond you build with your child with a pain-free breastfeeding relationship is priceless. Many parents agree that the services provided are worth every penny.
If you need breastfeeding help and do have financial challenges, please talk to us. There is almost always a way to work it out; such as a payment plan or a reduced rate. You can use your credit card as payment too. Please do not let finances deter you from reaching your breastfeeding goals. If you are on Medicaid, please mention it. What is an IBCLC?This is the highest level of education and achievement that a person can have in professional lactation expertise. During preparation to become an IBCLC, a candidate must have a minimum of 1,000 documented clinical hours of working with and counseling breastfeeding mothers, education in the following areas: breastfeeding management, human anatomy, human physiology, biology, pharmacology, infant and child growth and development, maternal health, nutrition, cultural anthropology, research, psychology, communication skills, counseling, CPR, medical terminology, medical documentation, universal safety precautions, infection control, professional ethics, legal ethics and more. Basic courses needed to pass board exam, click here and Core Clinical Competencies, click here. In addition, the IBCLC candidate must have a university degree, complete 500-2,000 clinical hours and complete a minimum of 90 hours in lactation specific and related education. This is all before rhe candidate is eligible to take a rigorous exam for board credentialing. Post passing the board exam, the IBCLC must re-certify every 5 years through exam or 75 hours of additional lactation specific and related education. IBCLCs are passionate, compassionate and knowledgeable experts in lactation.
Position paper on the role and the impact of the IBCLC, here. Serving approx. 15 mile radius of Lake Zurich.
Beth with her lactation-consultant-in-training little friend, Jan. 2017
Assessing oral anatomy and suck for abnormalities and tongue-tie, 2018
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