Welcome to private practice! It’s time to stock up on the essential physical supplies you’ll need to run your private practice.
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 DS4100 Infant Scale.
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:
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.
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.
Support for the Journey
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