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What is an IBCLC?

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are highly experienced, trained and qualified to help mothers and babies to breastfeed. They are knowledgeable in all areas of lactation and can help with both basic and complex breastfeeding challenges. IBCLCs are experts and hold the internationally recognised breastfeeding credential.

IBCLCs are regulated by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and are required to recertify every 5 years with approximately 15 hours of continuing education annually, or by exam. IBCLCs work within a code of professional conduct and are subject to disciplinary procedure.

Who needs an IBCLC?

Breastfeeding education is recommended prenatally when mothers are preparing for childbirth. Support, education and connecting to local resources are vital elements to a successful breastfeeding relationship. Mothers may choose to take a breastfeeding education class, join a support group or schedule a private consult with an IBCLC to identify any barriers to breastfeeding she may have prior to the birth of her child.

An IBCLC is knowledgeable about complications that may arise during the early days and weeks of your baby’s life. She can also assist with any breastfeeding issues that you and your breastfeeding baby/toddler may encounter.

Seek help if you are experiencing these or any other feeding problems:

  • Painful breastfeeding
  • Cracked or bleeding nipples
  • Have difficulty latching
  • Inverted/flat nipples
  • You are unsure about your milk supply
  • Suspect a breast infection
  • Your baby is premature or low birth weight
  • Baby has special needs
  • You or your baby take medication that may interfere with breastfeeding
  • Weaning has been recommended
  • You wish to relactate

Please feel free to call with any breastfeeding related questions, if further assistance is needed then a consultation should be arranged.

How soon can I get help?

Calls are typically returned within a few hours. An appointment can be scheduled within 48 hours. Lactation Support of North Idaho serves mothers and babies within a 50 mile radius of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

What can I expect at a consultation?

An In-Home Consultation will take place in the comfort of your home where mom and baby are the most at ease. This also reduces the stress of getting ready for an outing and traveling with baby. A thorough history will be taken, identification of any barriers to breastfeeding, feeding assistance will be given and a customized plan will be provided for you and your baby. Initial consults last from 60-90 minutes, follow up consults last about 30 minutes. Phone support is available as needed.

What is the cost?

Initial visit $180-$200

Follow up visit $60

Does insurance cover my visit?

Some insurance is accepted. Please contact your insurance company prior to our visit to verify your coverage of in-home lactation consultations. Some HSA or FSA accounts may be used for lactation services. If you intend to self-pay, payment is expected at the time of service. Following your consultation, I will provide you with a lactation visit receipt (LVR) otherwise known as a Superbill that you can use to file a claim with your insurance company.

Please call for more information about private consultations or to schedule an appointment.

Lactation Support of North Idaho LLC

Jennifer McIntosh IBCLC


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