MAKES A difference
Lactation care is a necessary part of comprehensive healthcare coverage.
HOW lactation care HELPS US ALL
Breastfeeding impacts working parents—and their employers—far beyond parental leave. And though the CDC recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for their first six months, many parents don’t have the necessary support to meet this goal. Not only does the lack of support impact a parent’s ability to choose what works for their family, but it also costs the economy $341.3 billion annually.
Lactation care does more than support parents; it leads to healthy families that help the rest of the world thrive. When families are supported, we all benefit.
WHEN FAMILIES ARE supported, WE ALL BENEFIT
LACTATION CARE UNDER THE Affordable Care Act
Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans are required to pay for lactation care and expenses for the duration of the breastfeeding journey. However, most standard plans only cover brief in-hospital lactation visits or general referrals to OB-GYNs and pediatricians. Breastfeeding parents need specialized, ongoing support: They need a dedicated International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Accredited Experts: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
IBCLCs are the highest accredited lactation experts, uniquely qualified to provide the care families need. Through prenatal and postpartum consultations, IBCLCs can assist with all aspects of lactation, including finding the best breastfeeding position, designing a workday pumping schedule, increasing milk supply, addressing breastfeeding pain and related conditions, developing a feeding schedule, and providing crucial care and information to new and expecting parents.
THE gold standard IN LACTATION CARE
We are The Lactation Network (TLN), the nation’s largest network of IBCLCs. Together, we have provided over 200k in-person and telehealth lactation consultations to new and expecting parents across all 50 states. We help parents at a critical point in their and their child’s lives, a time when they need support the most.
The effects of this support can be seen in the months and even years ahead as they navigate returning to work, adjusting to parenthood, and managing their mental health. Without it, parents’ overall well-being suffers–impacting families, organizations, and society at large.
For many parents, breastfeeding success depends on access to insurance-covered care. Help us make breastfeeding more accessible by providing your members with insurance-covered lactation consultations.
IMPROVING health OUTCOMES
By including lactation consultations in your insurance coverage, we can improve health outcomes for both parent and baby.
Gold standard care
We work exclusively with IBCLCs, the highest credentialed lactation experts.
Care no matter where
Our network of IBCLCs is the largest in the nation. We can reach any family anywhere via in-person sessions or telehealth.
Many new parents struggle with breastfeeding and require hands-on care. TLN meets that need: We see 85 percent of patients in person.
Helping families thrive
70 percent of TLN parents meet the recommended exclusive breastfeeding duration of six months, compared to just 25 percent of parents nationwide.
Always there for parents
We’re committed to helping in any way we can. That’s why 97 percent of TLN patients recommend our services to family or friends.
Navigating the back-to-work transition
95 percent of TLN parents return to work, compared to just 57 percent of parents nationwide. Our IBCLCs help parents make a plan so they can come back to work with confidence.
I wanted to exclusively breastfeed and not rely on formula if possible. With the help of my lactation consultant, I was able to do just that. My son is now 16 months old and still breastfeeds daily.
We started out with a lot of difficulties breastfeeding, but our breastfeeding relationship was saved due to the help of our lactation consultant. We are continuing to breastfeed my newly two-year-old son.
My goal was to breastfeed for six months, but I’m still doing so after 20 months now. We were on the brink of not making it should it not have been for the amazing help from our lactation consultants.
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