An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLCs have completed college level courses including biology, anatomy/physiology, infant growth and development, nutrition, and psychology. They have also completed at least 90 hours of lactation-specific education and have spent a minimum of 300 to 1000 hours directly assisting breastfeeding families (depending on which pathway they take.) In addition, they have passed an exam administered by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners demonstrating their competency in these areas, they complete ongoing continuing education, and they must recertify every five years.
I have 15 years experience assisting new families with breastfeeding, first as a Registered Nurse working in Mother-Baby and NICU, and then as a lactation consultant, working in the hospital and answering phone calls for the Arkansas Breastfeeding Help Line.
A visit with a lactation consultant can help if you:
A visit with a lactation consultant can also help if your baby:
As an IBCLC, my duty and desire is to promote and normalize breastfeeding, and to share the information that will help you to make an informed decision. At the same time, I am aware that there are many factors that may affect a mother's decision when choosing how to feed her baby, and I am aware that “breastfeeding” may look different for different families. As your Lactation Consultant, my goal is always to support and encourage you in reaching your goals.
When you request lactation services, you will have a variety of options for breastfeeding support, including private in-home visits, office visits, and classes.
In-home visits are more convenient for you and alleviate the stress of having to get yourself and your baby dressed, get all the baby gadgets packed, and get out the door. You will be more relaxed and comfortable in your own home. A typical initial in-home visit will last around 1 1/2hrs and may include a detailed history, exam of you and your baby, observation of a feeding and/or pumping session, a weight before and after feeding, answering questions, listening, and encouraging.
An office visit includes all the same things, but you will come to me. If you are feeling well and ready to be up and about, this option will be more cost-effective for you. Appointment hours are very flexible and can fit your needs.
Since the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, breastfeeding services and breast pumps should be reimbursed by insurance. I will provide you with a superbill, which you can present to your insurance company for reimbursement, and I will provide you with direction on getting reimbursed, if needed.
If you need breastfeeding help, but finances are an issue, or you live too far away, call me. I’ll work with you to find a solution.