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SERVICES AND FEES
Chicago Lactation Consultants offers the following services:
PRENATAL VISIT Private (in-home) or Skype consultation to help get breastfeeding off to the best start, which is especially important in the first few days after giving birth. If you are planning a hospital birth, it is important to understand hospital routines that may interfere with breastfeeding success and know what you need to do to establish your supply. It is suggested to plan this visit by 35 weeks' gestation. Cost: $150
IN-HOME BREASTFEEDING CONSULTATION In this initial consultation, we will take a complete maternal and infant health history, perform physical assessments of the baby and of the mother’s breasts, and observe a breastfeeding session. The baby is weighed before and after the feed using a sensitive digital scale to assess breastmilk intake. A written plan of care, a professional report to the baby’s and/or mother’s medical care provider and a coded insurance claim form for purposes of reimbursement will be provided at the time of the visit. Follow-up assistance by phone is provided within 48 hours. Most visits last 2 hours but can be anywhere from 1.5-3 hrs, depending on complexity of the issue(s). When additional issues or questions cannot be addressed by phone, a follow-up consultation may be recommended. Many insurance companies are reimbursing for lactation services; please check with your health insurance provider for more information*. Cost: $250; twins $300. Weekend/holiday visits add $50
PHONE CONSULTATION When a visit cannot be scheduled immediately, this consult provides help to manage symptoms ONLY. It is not in place of a complete assessment by a qualified IBCLC. Online consent must be completed and payment received before any information and/or handouts will be provided. If provided prior to a scheduled visit, this fee will be deducted from the cost of the in-home consultation. Cost: $50
FOLLOW UP CONSULTATION While some breastfeeding issues can be resolved in one visit, sometimes additional hands-on help and continued assessment is needed to fully meet your breastfeeding goals, especially if your baby went through releases of oral restrictions. Other times, new issues arise in the breastfeeding relationship, and additional help can help get mothers and babies back on track. In this visit, for mothers who have already had a comprehensive consultation with Chicago Lactation Consultants, we will reassess infant feeding, address low or oversupply issues, and make necessary adjustments to the plan of care. A follow-up consult typically lasts one hour. Cost: $100
PAYMENT We accept Chase/Zelle QuickPay, checks or cash. Credit cards/HSA cards are also accepted but are subject to merchant fees. Payment is expected at the time of service. Insurance claim forms will be provided for you to submit for reimbursement.
*Most IBCLCs are not “in-network” providers. Please ask your insurance to provide you with a list of lactation consultants. If they do not have any, your visit with Chicago Lactation Consultants should be covered, although we still cannot guarantee this, as health plans vary. Be sure and contact your insurance provider to get a “gap” exception, as many insurance companies do not have IBCLCs in network.
NOTE: Last year, the New York Times published an article about lactation consultant Freda Rosenfeld. A reader responded that the fee charged by lactation consultants is outrageous…depending on where you live, it can cost between $120 – $300+ per session. It is wise for parents and parents-to-be to understand and evaluate what IBCLCs do and ask “Are IBCLCs worth it?” We come back with a resounding “Yes!” READ MORE HERE