What is an IBCLC?

An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  The leading experts in clinical-level lactation care, the IBCLC is the highest level lactation credential in the field.  We are healthcare providers working a variety of different settings to support families in their desire to feed human milk to their infants and children.  You can also find us in public health, governmental, and political settings working on policies around lactation.
 
With 14 college level courses, 95 hours of lactation specific education, and between 500-1000 clinical hours of experience needed to sit the 4 hour, 175 question exam, the IBCLC has the most rigorous and comprehensive background in the field. 

What are your prices?

We fully believe in transparency in pricing.  Please note that all of our consults include one week of follow up via the patient portal. 

All fees are due upfront. 

Initial Home Visit: $300
Follow Up Home Visit: $200
Prenatal Consults- Virtual $200
Email Consults- $125
Virtual Postpartum Consults- $200

Additional weeks of email/portal support: $25/week

You can read about our different services here.

Breakdown of pricing:
Initial home visits are between 1.5 hours.  Follow ups are between 1-1.5 hours.  Prenatal and virtual consults are usually 1 hour and 1.5 hours respectively.  Email consults can take several hours depending on the complexity. We also travel and are regularly driving 45 minutes each way to see babies and their parents. Consults also include 2 weeks on support via patient portal.

If requested, we write and fax a full one page report for your pediatrician and/or collaborating care providers. We also file the paperwork for reimbursement to your insurance.

Many home visits also include supplies such as nipple shields, medihoney for abrasions, feeding tubes and syringes.  These are included in the cost of your consult.  

What you are really paying for though is expertise and individualized care, which is invaluable.

Do you take insurance?

Private practice IBCLCs are unable to contract directly with insurance outside of Aetna.  However, we currently help our clients by filing for reimbursement for them.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA has the best reimbursement rate and record, followed by Allways, Harvard Pilgrim, and Tufts.  Cigna is hit or miss. United Healthcare is notoriously difficult to get reimbursed for.  We include a specific letter for UHC when sending forms to help your chances, but we have not had much success across the board with UHC.  Masshealth will not currently reimburse for services.  We have had some success getting Aetna clients reimbursed.

What is your service range?

Our service range has changed!! We are now covering most of Eastern MA. We go up to Cape Ann, South to Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville and up to Andover and Salem, NH.  We generally travel within 10-15 miles of these two starting points 01902 and 01845. You can use this handy tool to measure your distance.  If you are outside of our service range, please send us an email and we will find someone for you!

I am interested in mixed feeding (human milk and formula), exclusively pumping, or weaning completely and moving to formula. Can you help me?

Absolutely!  Leave the judgement to the facebook parents groups!  We are here to support you in your journey, whatever that looks like! Our practice motto is “Feed the baby. Keep your sanity.”

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Important information:

Contact info:

info@thebalc.com
Phone: 617-237-0727
Fax: 617-801-8064

www.thebalc.com
www.facebook.com/BostonAreaLactation

Payment information:

Venmo: @TheBALC (https://venmo.com/TheBALC)

Paypal: https://paypal.me/NSBS?locale.x=en_US

Numbers for Insurance:
Kira Kim IBCLC:

IBLCE Number: L-119268
NPI: 1215301106

Anja Higashibaba IBCLC:

IBLCE: L-305592
NPI: 1033857206

Tax IDs: Available upon request. Please email. 

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