The earlier you get help, the easier it is to fix.

Waiting days or weeks can make things much more difficult - for your baby, who has gotten used to nursing in a certain way; and for your milk supply, which can decrease quickly when your body is not getting the right messages.

Your body programs its future milk supply within your baby's first two weeks. Where possible, it is ideal to see an IBCLC by day 7 to resolve breastfeeding problems, so that you have a full week left to get great stimulation.

Now an In-Network Aetna & Blue Cross Provider!
Visits are free - no co-pay!

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes - See FULL description here
     Babies’ reflexes are designed for easy  breastfeeding. But the typical positions parents are taught often make breastfeeding harder! Prepare for the big day by unlocking some of the secrets to comfort - and a lot more milk - for you and your baby. 
     Group classes scheduled according to popular demand. Private classes (partners and one friend or family member welcome!) are scheduled in your home or our office according to your schedule. Prenatal consults are also available for parents who have special concerns, or who are adopting or inducing lactation. Ask about our unique partners-only classes (see below). 

Introducing...Solids!  (includes Infant CPR & Choking)
Getting ready to introduce solids? Approach it with confidence after taking our class, which includes Infant CPR and First Aid for Choking by our Red Cross CPR instructor and IBCLC. You'll learn about which solids are most important for a breastfed baby, what kinds of foods to avoid, how much solids babies need in the first year, and get a sneak peek at some of the most helpful products we've found for feeding new eaters.

Home Visits
Sliding Scale fee based on financial need: $150-$250
Installment plans can be arranged.

    We come to you, listen to your story, observe an entire feeding and work by your side to make breastfeeding go better. Home visits include a weight check on our special digital scale and follow-up communication with your pediatrician or your own doctor. We'll also set up a schedule for phone check-ins. (I generally can do home visits within about a 15 minute drive.)

    *Simple planning visits without a lactation problem, such as return to work or introducing solids, are available at a lower rate.

Office Visits
     Office visits are sometimes available sooner than home visits, or are an option if you live too far for me to do a home visit. Everything from a home visit in the privacy of our office in West Philadelphia. Easily accessible by SEPTA's 34 trolley or 52 bus; walkable from the Market-Frankford El; street parking. Follow-up appointments, if necessary after home visits, are usually scheduled in our office at a lower rate.

Rates are subject to change - please ask for the current one.
These rates are current as of 7/1/2014.

Gift Certificates

Give them the gift of worry-free breastfeeding.  Available for any dollar amount and any service listed here. Put a WPL Gift Certificate on your registry!

Why does it cost so much to see a lactation consultant?

Lactation consultants spend far more time in a home or office visit with you than your doctor normally does. An IBCLC will likely spend hours by your side, then go home and correspond with your health care provider, spend time researching the issues that you're experiencing, and do extra investigation when a problem you're having is unusual or mysterious. (We're not called "breast detectives" for nothing.) Most IBCLCs also provide some phone follow-up to their clients free of charge.

Insurance companies are figuring out that it is important, and cost-effective, to cover lactation visits for new families. After all, getting breastfeeding right for this baby can mean thousands of dollars saved later in life when a baby doesn't develop the health problems associated with receiving substitutes for mother's milk. In addition, a mom who receives  greater protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other conditions associated with not breastfeeding, is at less risk for costly interventions later.

So far, though, most insurance companies don't understand exactly what IBCLCs do, so they tend not to reimburse effectively for their work. For instance, insurers may expect that a lactation consult, like another specialist visit, can be accomplished in 30 minutes. If only babies' moods could be made to fit into that schedule!

All of these reasons are why many skilled IBCLCs decide not to take insurance, or why their rates are high in comparison to the amount that your insurance company may reimburse.

If you would like to see a change in how insurers cover lactation benefits, please consider writing a letter to the corporate staff of your insurance company to express your desire for fuller reimbursement for lactation visits.

Photo: Ben Earwicker