Do lactation consultants charge for their services?
The answer to this question is most always, yes. Remember that lactation consultants are healthcare professionals who must maintain a certain level of training and expertise. This requires them to continually participate in continuing education experiences, purchase the most up-to-date professional texts, purchase malpractice insurance, and renew their certification at least every 5 years. Many lactation consultants are also self-employed or in private practice. While these type of lactation consultants many times are more readily available and able to practice without constraints which might limit their ability to practice freely, they also must self-support their practices. Lactation Consultant fees vary, but the average rate in the United States is between $65-$80 an hour. This often includes follow-up telephone and/or follow-up visits at no extra charge, but is not guaranteed. Some lactation consultants provide home visits while others can only see you in their offices. Others prov