What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

A healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of human lactation and breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, which is considered the “gold standard” in the field. This certification requires rigorous education, hands on training, and re-certification every 5 years.  Learn more here: International Lactation Consultant Association, United States Lactation Consultant Association

Why choose an IBCLC?

An IBCLC is trained to help establish and sustain breastfeeding, create a care plan for complex feeding issues, and remain sensitive to each individual’s unique needs and goals. The benefits of breastfeeding to baby, mother, family, and the environment are well known. Strategies for overcoming difficulties that can sometimes arise with breastfeeding are not always well known or identified by other health professionals. An IBCLC has the expertise to help with these specific challenges.

What are some difficulties Lactation Consultants help with during a visit?

Lactation Consultants address persisting painful latch, slow weight gain, clogged/plugged ducts, mastitis, low milk supply, insufficient mammary tissue or hypoplasia, inverted/flat nipples, tongue tie, and many more complications. An IBCLC can help identify underlying causes to these problems and provide you with an effective plan for moving forward.

Does insurance cover the cost of a Lactation Consultant?

As part of women’s preventative services, coverage options made possible by the Affordable Care Act are required to cover breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling. Learn more here: Breastfeeding Benefits. Nurture Columbus, LLC will provide you with a Lactation Visit Receipt (LVR) with coding required for submission to insurance for possible reimbursement depending on your plan’s coverage; however, Nurture Columbus, LLC is not responsible for reimbursement.

We do contract with a company called The Lactation Network that is able to secure coverage for select United Healthcare, Cigna, and Anthem BCBS plans. If you have insurance through one of these companies, complete this quick, online form for verification of coverage through The Lactation Network at no out of pocket cost to you: http://www.thelactationnetwork.com/. They will check to see if they can cover your lactation care and let you know within the day.

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Seek support early and often to learn how your body works to meet your breastfeeding goals!