Goddess Lactation was established to provide support, resources and information to expecting and new moms. I believe that every mother deserves the chance to breastfeed with confidence and joy or to learn alternative methods they're most comfortable with given whatever the circumstances. I am here to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the tools you need to ensure a successful breastfeeding journey.
Answers to some frequently asked questions can be found below.
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER MY BREASTFEEDING CONSULTATION(S)?
Shannon has a contract with The Lactation Network to provide insurance-covered home and virtual visits (does not apply to in office visits). The Lactation Network accepts most Blue Cross PPO, Blue Shield PPO, Anthem PPO, Humana PPO/POS and Cigna PPO plans. They also accept all PNOA (Provider Network of America) plans as well as those in the MultiPlan network. To check if your plan is part of PNOA or MultiPlan, look for a PNOA or MultiPlan logo on your insurance card. If you have insurance through one of these providers, you may be eligible for up to 6 consultations, at no cost to you. You can check your coverage by clicking this link HERE. If you are not eligible for coverage through The Lactation Network, you may still be eligible for reimbursement from your insurance company after your consultation. You will be required to pay up front (out-of-pocket/self-pay), and will be provided with a superbill to submit to your insurance company after the appointment. Reimbursement cannot be guaranteed. It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance company ahead of time to inquire about coverage.
WHY SHOULD I SCHEDULE A LACTACTION CONSULTATION?
Ensure your baby is getting enough milk: A lactation consultant can evaluate your breastfeeding technique and help you make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your baby is getting enough milk.
Address any breastfeeding challenges: Many mothers experience challenges while breastfeeding, such as sore nipples, engorgement, or difficulty latching. A lactation consultant can help identify the root of the problem and provide practical solutions.
Build confidence: Breastfeeding can be a new and challenging experience for many mothers. A lactation consultant can offer support, guidance, and reassurance, which can help build your confidence and make the experience more enjoyable.
Troubleshoot any issues: If you encounter any issues while breastfeeding, a lactation consultant can help you troubleshoot the problem and offer personalized solutions to overcome it.
Support breastfeeding goals: If you have specific goals for breastfeeding, such as exclusively breastfeeding for a certain period, a lactation consultant can help you create a plan to achieve those goals.
Overall, a lactation consultation can provide valuable support, guidance, and solutions for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LACTATION CONSULTANTS?
There are several different types of lactation professionals.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is the gold standard. They are required to have completed 14 health science college courses, completed a minimum of 95 hours of lactation education and a minimum of 300-1000 hours of directly supervised lactation specific clinical practice (depending on your background). They sit for the very rigous international boards that are only given twice a year around the world. They also are required to complete continuing education each year and to recertify every 5 years.
A Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) requires 45+ hours of lactation education and completion of an exam.
A Lactation Education Counselor (LEC) has the same requirements as a CLC without the certification.
A Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS), must train with an accredited organization. A typical program involves approximately 40 hours of training in order to gain certification.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF SEEING A LACTATION CONSULTANT?
Lactation consultants can help mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges and ensure that their babies are getting the nutrition they need. They can also provide support and encouragement to mothers who are struggling with breastfeeding.
CAN I SEE A LACTATION CONSULTANT IF MY BABY IS FORMULA FED?
Absolutely! IBCLCs can help can help mothers that are attempting to bring baby back to breast, issues such as latching and helping to increase milk supply as well as feeding schedules. An IBCLC can also help with bottle feeding!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A PRIVATE CONSULTATION?
I recommend scheduling an appointment around a time when the baby normally feeds. Fill out the intake forms that will be sent prior to the appointment.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT DO I RECEIVE AFTER MY CONSULTATION?
I offer 2 weeks of secure messaging through the patient portal. I typically check messages 2-3 times per weekday and once per day on weekends. I generally reply within 24 hours based on the order they are received, although I may prioritize more time sensitive messages.
Lactation consultants work best when they can touch your breasts and nipples and see how your baby is latching. However, some people still find success doing virtual consultations. I will do a physical exam on both the mother and the baby, including weighing the baby. Then I will watch you breastfeed your baby, paying close attention to how your baby latches to your breast. I will give advice on positioning. I might also help you with your breast pump if needed and measure you for a correct flange size. I will answer any questions you have and troubleshoot specific issues unique to you and your baby and teach you how to know if your baby is getting enough breastmilk and gaining enough weight.