Are there any costs for breastfeeding help?
The ACA breastfeeding benefits are to be covered without a copay, coinsurance, or a deductible. That works great if Mom has an insurance company that is required to comply with the law. Some policies are grandfathered in and thus exempt. Check first to see if yours has to meet this requirement of the ACA.
Can you get breastfeeding help before you have your baby?
It can come before and after the mom has her baby. That means the mom can see a lactation consultant and get some education during her pregnancy. Moms who are prepared often have a much easier time. Certainly the support can come after the baby is born, too. It can include going to classes or support group meetings and consultations.
What if you already had breastfeeding help with another baby? Can you get it again?
The good news is help does apply to every baby a mom has. That’s because every baby is completely different and has unique needs. Mothers know this. Moms grow in their experience, but even experienced moms may need support with each baby because it’s still the first time to breastfeed that baby. There can always be different situations and different challenges that come up.
Where else can you get help?
The International Lactation Consultant Association has a directory of lactation consultants by ZIP code. For general questions, call your local Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the breastfeeding coalition in your state, or La Leche League. You can also call the hospital where you delivered. Most have someone trained in breastfeeding on staff. Calling them might be a good first step for a mom. Check with a nurse or lactation consultant at the hospital if you’re concerned about how breastfeeding is going, and they can let you know who can help.