I am an infant feeding expert, and it’s highly likely that I can help you, even if you’ve seen many other healthcare professionals. I am here to Inspire, Prepare and Empower you in a non-judgemental way. Let me help you meet your personal goals. Lactation Consultations options:
$210 for a 2 hour Consultation – in the comfort of your own home. This includes follow-up telephone, email and text support. If a second in-person consultation is needed, the cost is $125. Availability: 24/7 including weekends and holidays.
$30 for a 30 minute Telephone Consultation; includes mailing you an info. pack, if needed.
Please call, email or Text to make an appointment or find out more about a consultation. 847-987-8079
Issues & Topics I can help you with:
Nipple pain, non-latching, poor latch, shallow latch, tongue-tie, lip-tie, latching, cleft palate, weak suck, positioning, poor/slow weight gain, F.T.T., blocked ducts, mastitis, reoccurring blocked ducts, reoccurring mastitis, abscess, medications, low milk supply, over supply, premature infant, twins, fussy nurser, thrush, pumping, choosing a pump, using your breast pump, returning to work, low pumping output, I.G.T., breast hypoplasia, at-the-breast supplementing, supplementing, mixed feeding, donor milk, milk banking, Domperidone, supply-line feeding, exclusively pumping, adoptive breastfeeding, surrogacy, chestfeeding, co-breastfeeding, breast augmentation, breast reduction, multiple breast surgeries, older babies, toddlers, weaning from breastfeeding, weaning from pumping, weaning from exclusively pumping and much more.
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 I arrive, so you are not hungry during the visit. Please make sure not to tidy up before I arrive. I’m 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 experience
Assess 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 latch
Assist with refining breastfeeding technique and positioning
Gently assist non-latching babies to latch and breastfeed
Create a follow-up lactation care plan
Follow-up with you until breastfeeding is on track
Are your services covered by my health insurance?
Many insurance companies will reimburse for an IBCLC lactation consultation, especially if you are on a non-grandfathered PPO plan. You can call your insurance company to request pre-approval or a gap exception. Claims are frequently not accepted, so I do ask for payment up-front via check, cash, credit card or health care savings card/flex spending account card (FSA/HSA). I will provide you with a copy of your medical insurance superbill (medically coded invoice/receipt) and directions on how to submit it to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. I do not guarantee reimbursement.
This is more than I can afford. Can you give me a free visit?
I would love to be able to provide this to all of my clients. 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 me. 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.
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 Competencies, click here. In addition, the IBCLC candidate must have a university degree, complete 500-2,000 clinical hours (I completed 4,000) and complete a minimum of 90 hours (I completed over 300) 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.
Position paper on the role and the impact of the IBCLC, here.
Serving Barrington, Lake Zurich, Crystal Lake, Arlington Heights and surrounding areas in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and McHenry County. Sometimes further.
Beth with her lactation-consultant-in-training little friend, Jan. 2017
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