What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?  

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team. They provide care in a variety of settings while making appropriate referrals to other health professionals and community support resources. Working together with mothers, families, policymakers, and society, IBCLC certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.  International Board of Lactation Examiners (IBLCE) 

Will my insurance cover the costs?  

The health care law requires all new health plans to cover “comprehensive prenatal and postnatal lactation support [and] counseling.” I can provide you with the documents you need for reimbursement. However, Bethpage Lactation cannot guarantee any outcome. The best way to find out if you will be reimbursed for services is to call the member service department of your insurance provider and ask about lactation or breastfeeding help coverage. Learn more about your rights under the Affordable Care Act here. 

I am in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, Anthem PPO, Cigna PPO, Multiplan, and PNOA through The Lactation Network. You can check for coverage here. 

I am also directly in-network with Aetna and United Healthcare/Oxford - go here to schedule your initial consultation.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding or feeding my baby breastmilk?  


Infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of:

• Asthma

• Obesity

• Type 1 diabetes

• Severe lower respiratory disease

• Acute otitis media (ear infections)

• Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

• Gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea/vomiting)

• Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for preterm infants


Breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of:

• High blood pressure

• Type 2 diabetes

• Ovarian cancer

• Breast cancer

What can I expect during my initial lactation consult?

What happens after our visit?

You will have access to your care plan within 24 hours through the MilkNotes parent portal; I can also provide a copy to your pediatrician and any other healthcare providers you would like me to at your request. 

ALL consults with me include 2 weeks of email, secure messaging, or text support. I expect to hear from you, and you are NOT bothering me! 

How can I schedule an appointment with you?

All scheduling is done online - you can choose the time that works best for you.


I believe all parents should have access to quality lactation support. An appointment with me costs way less than the option of NOT breastfeeding. In addition, babies who are not breastfed are associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, including otitis media, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

For mothers, failure to breastfeed is associated with an increased incidence of premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, retained gestational weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic syndromes.  


When should I schedule my initial lactation consultation?

As soon as you can! Breastfeeding difficulties are best addressed as quickly as possible.

If you are exploring the thought of breastfeeding your baby and are visiting my site during pregnancy  - schedule your prenatal consult - this will help you have the best possible start. The best time to schedule your initial lactation consult is between 26- 36 weeks gestation.

Do I need help from a lactation consultant?  

If you are experiencing any of the following, you will benefit from the help of a lactation consultant