3 Essential Physical Supplies for your Lactation Private Practice

For private practice you need a scale like the Tanita or Marsden or Medela baby scales test weights for lactation consultants IBCLC

Welcome to private practice! It’s time to stock up on the essential physical supplies you’ll need to run your private practice.

Scale

If you are performing pre- and post-feed weights as part of your clinical assessment, you will need a scale with a very high degree of precision and accuracy. At the time of writing, the most popular scales for IBCLCs are the Tanita BD-815U, the Medela Baby Weigh II, and the Marsden M-300.

I have tried all 3 scales myself and wrote about my experience here. I use this backpack, which both the Tanita and the Marsden will fit inside.

And while you’re at it, get a box (or eight) of non-latex exam gloves bag before popping over to Rachel O’Brien’s great blog post on what’s in her consult bag.

Phone

A mobile phone is essential to paperless private practice. A smartphone (think iPhone or Samsung Galaxy) does a lot more than just make phone calls, though. You can:

  • Text

  • Email

  • Use social media

  • Access mobile banking

  • Track your mileage

  • Use apps for charting and productivity

  • Read reference PDFs and ebooks

  • Watch videos to share with your clients

  • Create a mobile hotspot so your WiFi-only laptop or tablet can access the internet 

  • Navigate the fastest route to your next client

Some apps are only available for use on one platform or another, so before committing to iOS or Android you may want to think through which solutions are important to you, and make sure your phone can do what you need it to do. You may want to consider having a dedicated phone for your private practice, because that way you can prevent mixing business and personal communications. 

Bookshelf

Becoming an IBCLC and launching your private practice is just the beginning of your journey of continuing education. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to read all the books—not just once, but many times. Here’s a list of the books that I return to again and again.

Clinical Resources

Advocacy Resources

Business Resources

Communications Skills Resources

Support for the Journey

If you’re not already in my Facebook group, head over there for support on the tech and business aspects of creating a private practice that sustains your clients and you.


Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC is the creator of the  IBCLC Private Practice Essential Toolkit , a collection of books, resources, legal forms, training manuals, and workbooks aimed at helping private practice lactation consultants build a private practice that’s ethical, profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC is the creator of the Lactation Consultant Private Practice Toolkit, a collection of books, resources, legal forms, training manuals, and workbooks designed to help private practice lactation consultants build a private practice that’s ethical, profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable.

In 2018 she was honored with the US Lactation Consultant Association's President's Award. Through her popular blog, online store, podcast, and one-on-one coaching, Annie has helped thousands of lactation consultants grow their businesses with simple systems that make their lives feel easier and more joyful!


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