What kind of lactation consultants do you have?
Breastfeed Atlanta employs International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who are licensed lactation consultants (licensed LC) by the state of Georgia. Our breastfeeding centers serve as clinical sites for the Northwestern Georgia Technical College Lactation Consultant Certificate program, so we have lactation consultant students around from time to time. Additionally, Breastfeed Atlanta trains and mentors upcoming lactation consultants planning to sit for the IBCLC certification. Every patient interaction is always supervised by an IBCLC certified lactation consultant.
What can Breastfeed Atlanta help me with?
People see our lactation consultants for a myriad of reasons. Most commonly we help with pain while breastfeeding, babies who are having a hard time latching, and mothers who are concerned about their milk supply. Sometimes people just need a little guidance and reassurance, other times things may get a little more complicated. When needed, we can work with your pediatrician or OB/midwife to coordinate the care needed to make breastfeeding successful. We’ve been working with breastfeeding families for a long time, so we’re prepared to help you handle just about anything that could come your way.
Can Breastfeed Atlanta help with tongue and lip tie?
If you’ve been referred by your pediatrician or ENT specialist for tongue or lip tie, our lactation consultants can help you optimize breastfeeding by managing milk supply, adjusting baby’s latch, and providing education. If needed, we can provide referrals to physicians in the area that specialize in treating these conditions. We will work with your doctor to develop a care plan that makes sense for your family.
Should I have a home or office visit?
You’re going to get the same great care in either location. The advantage to home visits is they are convenient. The advantage to office visits is they are affordable. Don’t worry about what chairs or pillows are available - our goal is to help you be able to breastfeed whenever, wherever.
I’ve scheduled a visit with a lactation consultant, now what?
You just did the most important thing! All we need at your visit is you. If your baby isn’t hospitalized, try to have the baby hungry for your consult. If you’re coming to to the office, feel free to bring your pump or any other equipment you’ve been using at home.
Do you take insurance?
We are in network with several insurances including Aetna, and are constantly striving to achieve in-network status with many more. If your insurance is in-network, you will probably have little to no out of pocket cost for your care with us. If your insurance is out-of-network we will require a deposit to be paid at the time of scheduling, and then we will work hard to get your insurance company to pay our claims so that we can refund your deposit. The Affordable Care Act mandates lactation coverage, but there are still lots of loopholes. We have become pretty good at navigating the process, so please call you have any questions.
Are you associated with any hospitals?
No. While we often work closely with hospital and birth center staff to coordinate care after discharge, we proudly remain an independent, free standing breastfeeding center.
When is the best time to see a lactation consultant?
The sooner the better. Most breastfeeding problems can be resolved when the correct intervention is applied at the right time. Call us to ask if you’re not sure.