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Posted by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM
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k so by january i should have my breastfeeding counselor certification. once am certified i can charge for home visits or for people coming to my house.  i woner how much i should i charge i dont want to be to price but not to cheap either. also what things do you think i should by for my buissness? i have 12 books about breastfeeding. I am thinking of ordering a medela weight scale and some other stuff any ideas. also what things as a breastfeeding mom woud you guys like a counselor to help you with most. i really want to be a very good counselor. we do have and lc at the hospital here and wic but they do not offer home visits or follow ups

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SarahPeluso
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM
Different positions
Latching advice
Self weaning
Nighttime feeding
Cluster
And how to clear ducts and engorgement

All things I wish the class more detailed about


Quoting piwife:

k so by january i should have my breastfeeding counselor certification. once am certified i can charge for home visits or for people coming to my house.  i woner how much i should i charge i dont want to be to price but not to cheap either. also what things do you think i should by for my buissness? i have 12 books about breastfeeding. I am thinking of ordering a medela weight scale and some other stuff any ideas. also what things as a breastfeeding mom woud you guys like a counselor to help you with most. i really want to be a very good counselor. we do have and lc at the hospital here and wic but they do not offer home visits or follow ups

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larissalarie
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 7:41 PM
I don't know about what you should charge, I've never seen a lactation consultant. But I think along with the obvious stuff you should maybe provide info on how to properly bottle feed a breastfed baby and info on how night waking is normal & good.
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gdiamante
by Gina on Dec. 3, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Good for you!

I wish I had some advice on pricing, but I don't. You might contact ilca.org for guidance on pricing and on any insurance you need to carry for home visits.

I know that the LCs in my area made a lot of money by renting pumps out, too. That would likely take some serious coin to get starte4d, though.

annaica
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM
Congrats! I have no idea. sorry lol! But here is a bump.
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Mommabug10
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I've been a lactation educator/couno chargeselor for a few months now and still dont know what to charge! I have done a lot of free visits for friends. I'm just more concerned about getting my experience hours (to become an IBCLC) than making money. Once I do start making money, I want to buy a pump or two to rent out. I'm also going to teach classes and will charge $20 for a 2-3 hour class.

Where are you getting your certification from?

TwinmomAlicia
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM
The LC I like charges $150 for the initial consultation at home, and $75 for an office visit for one hour. Two hours is $125. Follow -ups are $40. Weight checks in the office are free. They also rent pumps, sell nursing bras and tanks, and have classes, from beginners to starting solids. Good luck!
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tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I think you should have syringes and an SNS on hand, nipple SHELLS and nipple shields, sample tubes of lanolin(call lansinoh I know the doulas in my area have these), a good list of websites/books moms can refer to.

I dunno prices, my LC doesnt charge me since i gave birth at the hospital she is at and there are no BFing counselors in my area that I know of

piwife
by on Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:05 PM

am going thru childbirth international. am also starting to get my pre reqs for nursing so i can become and lc. well with tax money i hope to get some stuff.

Precious333
by Group Admin - Julia on Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM
yes, was thinking too that it would begood to sell nursng bras and baby carriers (like slings) from your home as well.


Quoting TwinmomAlicia:

The LC I like charges $150 for the initial consultation at home, and $75 for an office visit for one hour. Two hours is $125. Follow -ups are $40. Weight checks in the office are free. They also rent pumps, sell nursing bras and tanks, and have classes, from beginners to starting solids. Good luck!

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collinsmommy0
by Gold Member on Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:28 PM
The IBCLC in my area (bay area California, so everything is expensive) was $75 an hour & came to my house. She spent over 3 hours with me & charged me $150.

Since you are not IBCLC, I would find out how much the closest one to you charges and charge less.
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