3 Essential Physical Supplies for your Lactation Private Practice

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.

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.


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.


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.

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2 thoughts on “3 Essential Physical Supplies for your Lactation Private Practice

  1. In the toolkit… are we purchasing charting software? I am brand new and definitely need assistant I just want to understand more about what I am purchasing…

  2. Thanks for asking! The Toolkit has training and charting templates for many different platforms, along with all kinds of other useful tools for your private practice. You get access to the templates I’ve made for the different platforms that work best for lactation consultants, and training on how to choose the right platform, set it up, and use it.

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