Posts in IBCLC Life
Inside the Lactation Business Coaching Podcast

When Leah Jolly and I launched the Lactation Business Coaching podcast, honestly all we really wanted to do was chat about the ins and outs of being private practice lactation consultants. Honestly, if we had had any sense of the steep learning curve of podcasting, we may never have actually taken the plunge. Now that we’re in our 20s (episode-wise, that is), we’re in a good groove with productivity and tech. I though it would be helpful to share how we do things in the hopes that other lactation consultants will start their own podcasts, for parents or professionals or both.

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How to choose a charting platform for your lactation practice (Updated August 2019)

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.

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Acuity Scheduling: 5 essential features for lactation consultants

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.

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Voicemail and Text Swipe File for Lactation Private Practice

Having standardized responses for the various inquiries you'll receive in you private practice means that you won't stumble or struggle to find the right words. And while you're encouraged to develop and think through all kinds of specific scenarios as you create your Policies and Procedures Manual, it can be relatively simple and extremely effective for your productivity to come up with a voicemail greeting or auto-text for vacation.

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What legal counsel and business advice can do for your IBCLC private practice

When I wrote my books and created my legal forms, I made sure to hire an attorney to carefully go over everything I was saying. I wanted to provide the most accurate, up-to-date, and ethical information possible. My lawyer Linda Strauss has been absolutely amazing--not only does she know the law, she also knows the birth world and was recommended to me by another IBCLC.

From being a part of the IBCLC community for so many years now, I've seen certain concerns arise time and time again.

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How to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Figuring out how to become an IBCLC is often the most challenging part of the whole process. Unlike other related healthcare fields (such as clinical social work, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and counseling), there are only a handful of established university programs that include the education component along with the clinical component in an organized and structured way. In other words, you’re not likely to be able to get a master’s in lactation and have your department chair help you land an internship at an outpatient lactation clinic. 

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How to Write an Effective Lactation Consult Care Plan

The care plan might be the most important document IBCLCs generate in our practices. Sure, our charts are essential for documenting what's going on with a dyad, and those superbills are critical for helping our clients fight for the reimbursement they're entitled to under the ACA. Pediatrician reports remind doctors that we are allied health professionals, part of a team working towards improving health outcomes through coordinated care.

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