Why are Lactation Consultants So Expensive? 6 Reasons

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Lactation consultants can be expensive for several reasons:

  1. Specialized Training and Certification: Lactation consultants often undergo extensive training and must achieve certification through recognized programs like the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). This training involves comprehensive education in human lactation, breastfeeding, and clinical practice. The cost of this education and maintaining certification can contribute to their fees.
  2. Expertise and Experience: Lactation consultants offer specialized knowledge and skills to help with a variety of breastfeeding issues, from latching difficulties to milk supply issues, which require a deep understanding of both the physiology of lactation and the emotional needs of the mother and baby.
  3. Individualized Care: The services provided by lactation consultants are often personalized and time-intensive. They may offer one-on-one sessions that can last several hours, and these sessions might include follow-up support through phone or email.