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🤱 𝐾𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑎 𝐵𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 🤱
Private Practice Lactation Consultant IBCLC
🙎 Breastfeeding consult – in person (includes home/ hospital visit)
First consult (1.5 – 2 hrs)
$ 30 equivalent
Follow-up consult (1 hr)
$ 20 equivalent
📱 Breastfeeding consult – distance/phone
Phone/video chat (30 min)
$ 10 equivalent
✨ Healing laser treatment (sore nipples, cesareans and more)
Done during your consult
$ 5 equivalent
$ 10 equivalent
Payable in ZWL$ at daily rate from econet bureau de change *150#
Pay later and payment plans by arrangement.
Last update: 23.09.2019
Handling the costs
As a lactation consultant I charge for my services. What it will cost you will depend on how long your problem has persisted, the impact it has already had on your breastfeeding relationship and your individual need for support. With small problems, often a final and sustainable solution can be found after 1 or 2 consultations. Bigger problems may need more consultations to get a sustainable effect.
However, if you give up breastfeeding you are looking at buying 5 tins of formula in the first month and 10 tins in the 6th month. Consider that formula-fed babies tend to battle with more health disadvantages, which may lead to more doctors visits.
Of course your personal valuation of breastfeeding for yourself and your baby plays a large role as well.
What about medical aid?
IBCLC’s are healthcare professionals, who demonstrate specialized knowledge and clinical expertise in breastfeeding and human lactation and are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and recorded in the IBLCE public registry. IBCLC’s are considered the gold standard for practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care. You can tell that I am very proud of my professional background!
However, I would encourage you to talk to your insurance provider directly and find out if there is an option to claim my services as part of your maternity benefits.
I need a cheaper option
Your lactation consultant is also a compassionate person! Honestly, I would much prefer to work for free. Always. Simply to help you. But it is my profession and my livelihood. I am running a private practice, I have costs and I pay taxes.
It is not always possible to accommodate you financially but it is worth contacting me for your options if you are in a difficult financial situation. On the other side, if your situation allows you to pay more, you can help subsidize another mother in need and save a breastfeeding relationship.
Furthermore, you can attend one of the breastfeeding support groups that are cheaper or free of charge. There you will not get a 1:1 consultation but you can learn from talking to other mothers under the guidance of a breastfeeding specialist.
What do I get out of it?
In working with me you will get personalised care, careful assessment of your problem, a discussion of options and possible outcomes and an evidence-based care plan that works for you and your family.
You will get individually compiled written information that will help you reach your goals and find the breastfeeding relationship that you want or the best breastfeeding relationship that is possible in your situation.