At Lactation Consultants of Atlanta, we offer breastfeeding services to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. We aim to treat you like family. Because breastfeeding is a learned art, some mothers and babies may experience difficulties that sometimes require the knowledge and skills of an experienced professional.
As part of our breastfeeding services we offer thorough personal consultations that can take place in the home, office, virtually by video, and tele-health. The first consultation usually lasts up to two hours.
Find out more about the benefits breastfeeding can have for you and your baby!
COVID-19 PROCEDURES for our breastfeeding services:
We are now offering phone and video consultations, all classes have moved to a virtual format. We are continuing to offer in person services with these safety measures in place.
In the office we are staggering our patients to have only one breastfeeding family in the reception area at a time. You will be required to wash your hands when entering the office and wear a mask at all times. Each family will be screened at the door with temperature checks. We ask that the breastfeeding person limit their family support to only one person at this time. No additional children will be allowed in the office.
In the home, we are taking extra precautions when entering a patient’s home. Our consultants will wear a mask at all times when interacting with patients and their families, gloves will be worn when appropriate, hands will be washed or sanitized frequently, and shoes will be removed. We ask that you limit your support person to one and we will screen your temperatures when entering the home. We also ask that you wear a mask.
Consultants daily are having their temperature checked before seeing any patients; and mask will be worn at all times in the office or in the home.
Your breastfeeding consultation will include:
-A complete prenatal, birth and feeding history.
-An Assessment of the breast that includes milk expression, appearance of the mother and her breast before and after feeding, and any other pertinent issues.
-Observation of the feeding in which the consultant watches the baby for pre-feeding behaviors, response to the feeding, assessment of the latch, and ability to transfer milk.
-A pre- and post-feeding weight will be taken to measure the volume of the intake at the breast. (Home or Office only)
-Help with positioning.
-If needed an oral assessment of baby’s mouth to check for any pertinent issues. (Home or office only)
-If you are pumping, we will help with pumping techniques, pumping schedules, and checking that flanges are the correct fit and your pump is in good working order.
-Answer any questions that the breastfeeding family may have.
-A written care plan will be developed by the consultant with the breastfeeding families’ input to help reach breastfeeding goals and resolve any issues.
-Documentation of the visit including a summary of the care plan will be provided to the family and shared with the families’ other health-care providers.
The Cost of your breastfeeding consultation:
In Network: Aetna and Humana (coming soon, Humana Tricare)
We are in network with Aetna and Humana, and you will have little to no out-of-pocket cost for our services. It is your responsibility to check with Aetna/Humana to ensure that you are covered for lactation services. Even though Aetna/Humana may tell you that you are covered at 100 percent, it is possible that some plans may assign you a co-insurance or co-pay fee. There may be additional fees for travel or afterhours visits that will not be covered by insurance.
Out of Network:
If you have other insurance coverage, we recommend calling your insurance company and asking for a GAP exception. Under the affordable health care act, lactation is a covered service. (Read more here)
How to apply for a GAP exception from your insurance provider, read more here.
Cost of services with our prompt pay discount:
- Office Consult: $125
- Follow-up Office: $95
- Home Consult: $225 – cost includes travel up to a 20 mile radius, there will be additional fees for extended travel.
- Extended Travel (21-40 miles) – Additional $25
- Extended Travel (41-60 miles) – Additional $50
- Follow-up Home: $195 (travel fees are the same)
- Video 1 Hour: $105
- Video 2 Hours: $125
- Phone 1 Hour: $60
- Follow-up Phone: $45
- Additional fee for afterhours visits (6 PM and beyond)/weekends/holidays: $25
- Additional fee for twins or multiples: $25
- Insurance Travel fee for initial visit: $51.98
- Insurance Travel fee for follow-up visit: $31.98
Benefits of Breastfeeding Services in the home:
There are many added benefits to a having breastfeeding services in your home; you are not required to leave your house with a new baby, and we bring everything to you. We can also work with you in your preferred nursing nook teaching you how to get the best experience in your personal space. Rest assured our office is your “home away from home” and we will do our best to make you comfortable. We have a reclining chair and even a futon to help parents achieve their best breastfeeding position.
Please call if you don’t find an appointment time that works for you, in some cases we offer same day appointments for our breastfeeding services.
We also offer private and group classes covering Childbirth education, Breastfeeding 101, Baby’s Here Now What?!, and Returning to Work. If you would like to learn more about our classes Read more here.