Caring, nonjudgmental support in your home, with an aim to build confidence in each mother’s ability to feed and nurture her child. Home visits available to Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, Belmont, Winchester, Lexington, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Boston, and other communities in the greater Boston area. If you are within 45 minutes of Arlington, then I will likely do visits in your town.
I understand that a newborn’s schedule can be unpredictable. Visits are often available with short notice, and weekend and evening visits are often possible. If I am unable to see you as soon as you would like to be seen, I can help you find a home visit with a trusted colleague at LCHomevisits.com.
Heather Bingham, IBCLC has been providing breastfeeding support in the greater Boston area since 2003. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2008. Heather is a mother of two, and has lived in Arlington since 1995. She loves helping families to overcome obstacles and adjust to the changes that a new baby brings.
What services do you provide?
A lactation consultation usually takes around 2 hours. Generally I stay as long as it takes to evaluate your situation and develop a plan that works for you. Lactation consultations include taking a detailed history; evaluating the mother and infant, including weighing the infant; a breastfeeding evaluation; and coming up with a plan tailored to your specific situation. I can assess milk intake with a sensitive scale, and can assess any need for supplementation. Reports to your healthcare providers are also included, as are follow-up phone calls. Partners are very welcome to be present during consultation.
Will insurance cover your services?
I am in-network with Aetna, and can bill directly. With other insurers, I provide a detailed coded receipt that you can submit for reimbursement. Most insurers are covering lactation visits in full with no copays or deductibles. See information below on the Affordable Care Act and lactation support.
How does the Affordable Care Act affect lactation support?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, lactation services should now be covered in full with no copayment. However, not all insurance companies are implementing this change in the same way, and you should check with your provider to see what their requirements are. Unless I am a preferred provider for your plan, I will need to require payment in full at the time of your visit, but I will provide a detailed receipt for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Most insurance companies are readily complying with the ACA, but sometimes they need to be gently reminded of the new law. For help submitting a claim or information on talking to your insurance company about coverage, see Tips for Submitting Your Insurance Claim for IBCLC Services
What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®)?
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.