frequently asked questions
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What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?
This is an international certificate denoting the highest quality education in the field. To become an IBCLC I took over 150 educational hours as well as 2500 hours of supervised work with mothers and babies. This was followed by an exam. The credential is recertified every 5 years either by exam or educational hours. IBCLC’s are trained in clinical-based research, we adhere to a strict code of ethics as well as guidelines established by the AAP and the World Health Organization.
Why would your need to see a lactation consultant?
Breastfeeding (dare I say this) should be pleasant. However many women experience difficulties when breastfeeding, particularly during the initial first weeks. With the proper support, education and time many issues can be overcome, and breastfeeding can be a healthy, satisfying experience for mother and baby.
The most common reasons to see a lactation consultant include:
- · Difficulty or pain when latching the baby to the breast
- · Non latching baby
- · Inadequate milk supply
- · Baby has inadequate weight gain
- · Nipple and breast pain or soreness
- · Prolonged feedings
- · Over-supply
- · Dread or anxiety about nursing
- · Baby struggles /fussy at breast
- · Breastfeeding after breast augmentation or reduction
How soon should I see an IBCLC if I’m having difficulties?
As soon as you can! Breastfeeding difficulties are best addressed as soon as possible.
What neighborhoods do you serve?
I provide home visits to Queens , Northern Brooklyn, and Midtown, eastside of Manhattan ( 14th St to 86th St.)
What are your fees for a home visit?
Initial home visit is $300.00
Follow up visit is $ 200.00
Do you take insurance?
I’m an out of network provider. I will provide you with a Superbill for you to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company.
To find an in network provider its best to speak to you insurance provider
For more info for getting reimbursed for out of network providers please check out the links below.
How do I make an appointment with you?
The best way to reach me is by phone or email. You can also set up an appointment through the website portal.
If I am unavailable (its important to see someone as soon as possible) I recommended going to the nylca.org website to find an IBCLC who can you help you at a more convenient time.
How can I prepare for a home visit?
- · Please fill out the medical intake and release form on the website here. And send it back to me. If you have any questions or concerns give me a call. The website portal is HIPPA compliant
- · It’s helpful if the baby is ready to eat around the time of visit. (I understand that this doesn’t always work out ) I will check in with you by phone in the morning to confirm the appointment and when the baby most recently ate.
- · If you would like me to review pumping its helpful to have the pump available and parts cleaned according to instructions.
- · If you have questions write them or record them on your phone as they come up. Most families with newborns are a sleep deprived so its helpful jot down questions as they come to you.
- · I love animals but if you think they might be a distraction during the appointment it might be helpful to put them in another room.
What can I expect during a home visit?
An initial visit lasts about 2 hours. During that time, I may:
- Review your medical intake form
- Address your breastfeeding issues and concerns
- Perform a physical or visual exam of the mother’s breasts
- Perform an oral exam of the baby
- Observe the baby nursing and possibly bottlefeeding
- Weigh the baby before and after a feed to assess intake
- Develop a care plan based on work together. This may include follow up email plan with links, videos and referrals to specialists as needed.
- Provide you with a receipt to submit for insurance reimbursement.
How do we follow up?
The initial visit includes follow up by phone, email or my support group for two weeks after the visit. If a follow up home visits is needed I offer them at a reduced rate.
Breastfeeding Group Info.
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What other services do you provide?
I lead a breastfeeding support group in Greenpoint/ Williamsburg and am available for prenatal breast feeding class in your home . Learn more here