Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IBCLC?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.
You can read more about IBCLCs here.
Does my health insurance cover the cost of your services?
In March of 2010 the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, requiring insurance companies to cover preventative care for women, including lactation support. Your insurance should cover the cost of my services, but each insurance company differs in their requirements and process of coverage. I encourage you to contact your insurance provider to ask if lactation services are covered. Most insurance reimburse. Due to the complex process that can sometimes be involved, I require payment for my services up front, in either cash, check, or credit card. I will provide you with a detailed receipt for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. I am in network with Aetna and Unicare, and can bill them directly.
What can you help me with?
IBCLCs are trained and qualified to help with any difficulties with breastfeeding, including (but not limited to):
- Sore and cracked nipples
- Painful latch or inability to latch
- Issues with milk supply
- Weight gain issues
- Relactation and adoptive breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding multiples
- Breastfeeding when mom or baby is ill
- Breastfeeding premature babies
- Questions or concerns about pumping
- Any issue or concern you have about breastfeeding
Your consult will be personalized to your needs and goals, whatever they may be. I will help you develop a breastfeeding plan that works for you and your baby and provide support as you make progress to your goals.
What community resources are available to me?
If I am unavailable for a consult or you would like to speak with another IBCLC, please check out my colleagues at LC Home Visits.
Zipmilk: type in your zipcode and you will be provided with a list of support groups and lactation consultants in your area.
Baby Cafes are drop in support for breastfeeding mothers.
La Leche League offers mother to mother support groups
Nursing Mothers Council offers supports groups for breastfeeding mothers.
Boston Osteopathic Health in Newton, MA
Susan Steiner, Cranial Sacral Therapist in Providence, RI
Dr. Jamielee Shanahan at Harmony Chiropractic in North Attleboro, MA
Dr. Karen Griffin in West Boylston, MA
Emily Konstan at Down to Earth Acupuncture in Worcester, MA
Chace Acupuncture in North Attleboro and Watertown, MA
Mental Health Services:
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP for Moms)
Maura Hogan in Worcester, MA
Doulas and Midwives:
Joyce Kimball, doula and homebirth midwife