FAQ

What is an IBCLC?

An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, or a person who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. The IBCLC designation is granted by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. and is the only international certification in lactation consulting. IBCLC’s have met the rigid guidelines of the IBCLE and have sat for and passed an extensive exam. While there are other types of lactation consultants, IBCLC’s are considered the “gold standard” of lactation professionals.

Isn’t breastfeeding natural, why would I need help?

Breastfeeding is natural and it is what a women’s body is designed to do but it is not always easy. Breastfeeding is a learned skill for you and your baby, and women no longer have the generational support that existed in the past. Children no longer grow up seeing other children nurse and too often women are expected to cover up in public or go into the other room when feeding their baby. Mothers are more likely to succeed when they have information and support from others who have breastfed successfully, especially if that other mother is also a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Why should I call an IBCLC?

IBCLC’s are the premiere resource for breastfeeding knowledge and support. By finding an IBCLC before you give birth, or as you begin breastfeeding, you are giving yourself the best support possible. Having a thorough knowledge of preconditioning and positioning techniques, as well as other strategies, will help you and your baby have a calm beautiful experience.

I had problems breastfeeding before, can I make it work this time?

Yes! An IBCLC will work with you to detect and overcome breastfeeding issues. An IBCLC is not just an expert in breastfeeding, she is also a problem solver, a cheerleader, and an advocate for you and your baby. A strong support system is invaluable in your breastfeeding journey and an IBCLC can be a critical member of that team.

What does a lactation consult include?

You had a baby and now you are feeling unsure. Maybe your baby isn’t latching well or you are concerned about their weight gain. Maybe breastfeeding is painful or things just are not going like you thought they would.

For your consult, I will join you in the comfort of your home. We will begin by discussing your medical history and your current issues so I can fully understand your needs and concerns. I will conduct an assessment of your baby that includes observing a nursing session, as well as your baby’s appearance and behavior.

From this assessment and observation, we will discuss and create an initial care plan, and a plan for follow up care. A report will also be sent to your pediatrician. Your consult fee also includes telephone follow up support as we tweak your care plan.

What happens after a consult?

If you are feeling unsure of something we talked about, have new questions popping up or have a success you want to shout from the rooftops, then feel free to give me a call. If we can handle it over the phone, we will. If the situation requires a home visit, we will arrange that at a discounted rate.

Do you accept insurance?

At this time, Sweet Life Lactation has not enrolled as an in-network provider with any insurance carriers. However, many insurance carriers are reimbursing out of network claims either fully or at almost full rates.

Sweet Life Lactation will provide a super bill with the diagnostic codes required by insurance companies to process claims. We can also provide a generic claim form during our initial consultation.

Our services are eligible under Flexible Spending Accounts.