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Does your health insurance cover a lactation consultant?


Asked by science_spot at 7:45 AM on Sep. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • My current insurance doesn't really cover much of anything. The insurance I had when I had my first child, I'm not sure. I don't remember ever seeing a charge from an LC. The second time around, we had railroad insurance, which covered everything. Again though, I don't think the LC ever charged me. She even came out to my house several times with my youngest since I was having trouble feeding him. She was awesome.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 8:17 PM on Sep. 20, 2010

  • Most will cover a lactation consultant while you are in the hospital however, once discharged, usually not. There are ways to turn it into your insurance company depending on the reason you see a LC after discharge. For example, decreased supply, jaundice, poor weight gain...Check it out with your insurance company. Keep in mind, paying for a LC to help you through a breastfeeding problem is still cheaper than spending $4,000/year on formula and it is better for you and your baby.

    Answer by momx3gx1b at 8:05 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Yep. That said, I have never needed them. In fact I have always found them to be quite a nuisance... Plus, WIC supplies LC services free of charge - and they are even more of a nuisance! I mean, Hell, I'm not due til December, I have two other children who I "extendedly" nursed full time... WHY do I need these freakin LCs calling me every week? My insurance company has one calling me to "check in" every Monday and the WIC one calls at least every other week... Seriously, even if I wanted to be nursing her at this moment - she's not due til December - LEAVE ME ALONE!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:05 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Sorry, just realized I was ranting... I just really hate all this unwanted "help" all the damn time... IF they really want to help, why not stop by and watch the kids so I can take a bath?

    To answer your question - YES, it's covered.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:06 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • My hospital provided lactation support for free for the first 2 months of discharge. There were classes I could attend and a 24 hour hot line I could call.


    Answer by KairisMama at 11:56 AM on Sep. 19, 2010