Lactation Consultant

A Lactation Consultant is a vital part of the healthcare system. They work together with your baby's Pediatrician, OB/GYN and CNM. The credentials, IBCLC signifies that they are specially trained and qualified to assist with every aspect of breastfeeding. Look for this credential when seeking the assistance of a lactation consultant in order to ensure the highest level of training, experience, and expertise.

What can a lactation consultant do for me?

A Lactation Consultant can assist a family in preparing for breastfeeding.  Classes before baby arrives allow parents to receive up to date information and hands on practice. Birthing Wisdom' baby care & breastfeeding class for preparation.

Lactation Consultants also support families through breastfeeding issues including but not limited to:                                    

  • Assessing a past less-than-desired breastfeeding experience
  • Beginning breastfeeding and requiring hands-on help with early attempts at proper latch and positioning.
  • Experiencing sore nipples, yeast infection of the nipple, or other nipple traumas.
  • Engorgement of the breasts, plugged ducts, breast infections or breast pain of any kind  while nursing.
  • When your baby won't latch on or is having trouble feeding due to any reason.
  • Concerned about your milk supply or your baby’s weight gain.
  • If you are supplementing and wonder how this might affect breastfeeding.
  • Mothers who are nursing multiples.
  • If your baby is born prematurely and you wish to breastfeed
  • Medication use and breastfeeding.
  • Weaning from breastfeeding.
  • Assisting with breast-pump purchase or hospital grade pump rental.
  • Assisting with educating parents on the proper use of a pump.
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work.
  • Introducing solids to your baby and breastfeeding
  • Normal growth and development and sleep patterns of your baby while breastfeeding.
  • Planning on breastfeeding an adopted child 

Does insurance pay for a lactation consultant's services?

Some insurance companies do cover for this service, while others do not.  It is advised to call your insurance company and discuss the coverage available.   You will be billed for services provided at the time of the consultation and given an insurance bill to submit to your healthcare insurance company. It is sometimes helpful to also obtain a physician's letter or prescription for a lactation consultant services and/or breastfeeding equipment and submit this with your claim.

Please call 845-323-1830 Monday through Friday 6am to 9pm or email to arrange for a consultation at either your home or at my office.  All consultations must be in person with the baby and mother.