You’ve started your own IBCLC practice – now what? We’re here to share what we wish we’d known when we started in order to help you along in your own journey. We’re touching on three main areas that we feel are essential to building and growing your business.
Many lactation consultants are used to working solo, and it can be hard to surrender certain aspects of your private practice to others. When you wear many hats, like most private practitioners, it can be hard to recognize when you need to delegate a task to someone else who has more time or expertise in the area.
But if you’re spending too much energy on tasks that you’re not proficient in or passionate about and they take you away from the clinical work you love, it may be time to bring on people who can share the workload.
As recommendations are rapidly coming out and changing as the COVID-19 pandemic develops, lactation consultants in private practice and outpatient settings need access to best practices and evidence-based recommendations. Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog post can be taken as medical, clinical, legal, or financial advice.
When it comes to online scheduling, Acuity is my favorite of the HIPAA-compliant platforms out there, making it easy-peasy for someone to land on my website, learn about my services, and book an appointment all without any texting back-and-forth about time. But Acuity can do so much more for you—and even increase client self-efficacy.
Free resources for combining dietetics, nutrition, and lactation support in private practice.
What does it mean to be a small business owner and a compassionate lactation consultant? We got into this business because we love caring for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. But excellent clinical skills don’t always coincide with business and financial savvy. If you can relate, we’ve got you covered.
You may not be aware of this, but one important component of HIPAA is that you must post your Notice of Privacy Practices on your website.
Now that so many lactation consultants are incorporating virtual consults into their services, questions are coming up about how to get tele-lactation covered by insurance (for in-network providers) and reimbursed out-of-network. In this article, I’ll cover the most common questions I’ve seen and point you to more in-depth resources so that you can be as informed as you possibly can be.
Setting up the infrastructure for your lactation consultant private practice involved a lot of decisions, and managing your client files and communications can feel daunting. There are so many options, from paper forms to 100% paperless solutions to somewhere in between.
While most clinicians can agree that nothing can replace an in-person lactation consult with a family in need of help feeding their baby, virtual consults are becoming more and more popular as a way to make services more accessible. In order to meet your ethical obligations and stay within your scope of practice as an IBCLC or other lactation credential, you’ll want to keep some key factors in mind.