Choosing a lactation consultant
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 10:40 pm
By The Associated Press
A breast-feeding mother usually can get names of lactation consultants from her obstetrician, pediatrician or hospital. Here are questions and advice from experts for help women seeking professional help:
CERTIFICATION: Is the consultant certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners? The initials to look for are IBCLC.
CREDENTIALS: What about other credentials? Is the consultant a nurse or someone with less medical experience? A mother with a special-needs baby may prefer a nurse.
EXPERIENCE: How many years has this person worked as a consultant?
TWINS: Does the consultant have experience with your situation?
REFERENCES: Will the consultant provide references from other breast-feeding mothers?
PHILOSOPHY: Does the consultant share your breast-feeding goals and philosophy about going back to work?
COST: What are the financial costs? Consultants in private practice typically charge $50 to $100 an hour. Will insurance cover the services?
E-MAIL: Will the consultant provide advice by phone or e-mail? Is there an additional fee?
PUMP RENTAL: Some consultants make additional money by renting breast pumps. Make sure you trust your consultant to give you objective information about whether you truly need a pump.
Source: International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
Published in The Messenger 10.02.08