Answers to very general breastfeeding questions can be found on my Breastfeeding FAQ page HERE.
The following are samples of some common breastfeeding issues:
- I can’t get my baby to latch-on!
- Why is my baby being so fussy?
- Why are my nipples sore?
- Am I making enough milk? ... my baby seems hungry all the time.
- I’m so frustrated, worried, and tired!
It's not uncommon to experience difficulties when breastfeeding. It can take both time and patience to establish a routine between mom and baby. Please let me help you have a satisfying and wonderful breastfeeding experience.
HOUSE CALLS - In-home service is provided in order to target breastfeeding issues where you feed the most often - at home. My fee is $150, and covers up to 2 hours of in-home lactation counseling. A typical lactation visit lasts 1½ to 2 hours. Phone call follow-ups regarding the issue addressed during the lactation visit are included. Emails are included as well, but phone calls are definitely the preferred method.
Compared to feeding sessions in your favorite chair, spot on the couch, or your bed, it can be difficult to find long-lasting solutions to breastfeeding problems in the stiff chairs of an office. In an office, the sounds, smells and even the lighting are different too. it may be surprising, but these differences might affect the baby.
To assist you in achieving your goal of successful breastfeeding, we work together to create a care plan that you can follow after the lactation visit.
A Lactation Assessment Report will be provided to your baby's physician.
NOTE: Payment for services shall be payable by either cash or check, due at the time of the lactation visit.
PHONE CONSULTATIONS - For very basic issues, I am happy to provide FREE assistance. During the conversation, if it becomes clear to me that your situation is more complex than you thought, a House Call may be required to determine the best solution.
ABOUT INSURANCE - One of the most common questions asked of a lactation consultant is: "Do you take insurance?"
I'm sad to say, I don't currently take insurance. What I can provide is a "Lactation Encounter Form" that contains insurance codes explaining the services you've received in a language understood by insurance companies (the most common general term you'll hear for this insurance-coded form is "superbill"). The purpose of the "Lactation Encounter Form" is to help you get reimbursed by your insurance company for the fees you've paid for services rendered. The "Lactation Encounter Form" should be submitted along with any other claim forms required by your insurance company. Even after submitting these forms, I cannot guarantee your insurance company will reimburse you in full, or in part, for the fees you've paid.
I'm also sad to say, you will find it very difficult to find any lactation consultant that takes insurance. What you'll see most often are offers from lactation consultants to provide you a "superbill" to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
This insurance topic is actually quite complicated, but I will do the best I can to simplify it. Government red tape is difficult to simplify, as are insurance company coverages.
Unfortunately, even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires health insurance companies to provide coverage for Women's Preventive Health Services (which includes pre and postnatal breastfeeding counseling and breastfeeding supplies), we Lactation Consultants are typically NOT included in insurance companies' lists of in-network service providers. We are striving to change this situation, so that lactation consultants will become in-network service providers.
I heavily encourage you to contact a human resources representative of your insurance company. They should be able to tell you if your insurance company covers breastfeeding services. Again, even though the ACA requires coverage by non-grandfathered plans, that doesn't mean your insurance will cover breastfeeding services. Like I said, the topic is complicated.
When speaking with the human resources representative of your insurance company, ask if there are any in-network lactation consultants. The most likely answer you wil get is, "no". They may direct you to a pediatrician, but a pediatrician is NOT a trained lactation consultant, so it's unlikely they'll be able to help you. Ask the human resources representative of your insurance company what options you have if there are no in-network providers available.
Some lactation consultants will suggest submitting documentation that outlines the breastfeeding service coverages required by the ACA. This may be helpful, but as I said, there is no guarantee that any of these efforts will guarantee reimbursement. I truly wish the process were more simple, and that something definitive could guarantee reimbursement. Unforunately, nobody can provide such a guarantee.
If you wish to research the topic yourself, try an internet search with phrasing such as "Affordable Care Act breastfeeding", or any other similar search terms.
Here is a PDF from the Breastfeeding section of the American Academy of Pediatrics's "Health Initiatives" webpage. The document is entitled Federal Support for Breastfeeding:
The following link is the main webpage for Breastfeeding on the American Academy of Pediatrics's website:
(Web Links verified as of November 3, 2017)