Nest Collaborative is a collection of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® who conduct online, video appointments to help guide moms through the breastfeeding process.
We’re all moms who have breastfed and understand the challenges. We’re here to offer you the best evidence-based advice, support, and guidance to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. We advocate for what you want and work closely with your primary care team to provide you with the best breastfeeding support you need.
LaShanda has been so helpful with my breastfeeding journey. She gives great advice and teaches me new things every call. She is very supportive and never judgmental and also gives me other great resources to reference for more knowledge. I don’t know what I would have done without her these past 7 weeks! I feel like my breastfeeding journey has been so positive thanks to her help and guidance.
Lori was an amazing listener. She encouraged me to keep trying to breastfeed my baby. I absolutely love her recommendations. She is very knowledgeable, thoughtful, empathetic. I highly recommend her.
Sandy was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I immediately felt at ease when we joined the call and my husband and I feel very confident in our feeding plan after speaking with her.
Aimbriel is great. She answers all my questions and more. She gives me more confidence in the direction I’m going with breastfeeding and meeting my baby’s nutritional needs during this first year of life. I’m a first time parent so these visits have helped a lot!
It was a wonderful experience and she was very caring and compassionate! Made me feel that I was doing a great job and doing well! And it WORKED!! Helped me breastfeed my baby during engorgement when baby couldn’t latch.
Breastfeeding can be challenging, we’re here to help.
Nest Collaborative is a collection of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® who conduct online, video appointments to help guide moms through the breastfeeding process. MOST commercial insurance plans will cover these appointments at 100% – no copay, no deductible.
Our expert team provides lactation support for prenatal and postpartum moms, during any stage from beginning to end.
Lactation Consultant FAQs
Our lactation consultants are healthcare professionals certified as International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding. IBCLC certification requires thousands of hours of experience and training in anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology or counseling, child development, nutrition, and medical terminology. IBCLCs have a unique body of knowledge and skill to provide breastfeeding and lactation care in routine and high-risk situations. The availability of ICBLCs increases breastfeeding rates, which, in turn, improves the health outcomes of the community, nation, and the world.
The IBCLC is the only certification that requires clinical experience in lactation as a pre-requisite to becoming certified. The IBCLC certification requires renewal through education or examination every 5 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Surgeon General consider IBCLCs as integral to the quality of breastfeeding management.
Lactation consultants are board-certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
You can go to the Public Registry for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners to verify an IBCLC. IBLCE updates the online registry two times a year, in January and July.
Telehealth is a rapidly evolving and
growing field in healthcare where clinical information and services are
delivered using telecommunications technology.
Yes. Telehealth has been clinically proven to be a safe and cost-effective means of providing medical care when used under expert-developed guidelines and best practices. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has produced a series of standards, guidelines, and best practices for healthcare providers to ensure that they are using telehealth responsibly.
The ATA is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn more.
While some have parsed out unique definitions for each word, ATA treats “telemedicine” and “telehealth” as synonyms and uses the terms interchangeably. In both cases, we are referring to the use of remote health care technology to deliver clinical services.
More than 30 states and the District of
Columbia require that private insurers cover telehealth the same as they
cover in-person services. Many other insurers cover at least some
telehealth service–and many more have expressed interest in expanding
their telehealth coverage. To find out if your insurance company covers
our telehealth services, please contact us and we will inquire on your
behalf with your benefits manager.
Breastfeeding is good for both infants and mothers. Infants who are breastfed have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, acute ear infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), diarrhea, vomiting, and severe lower respiratory disease. Mothers who breastfeed their infants have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
In most cases, a woman can breastfeed after breast or nipple surgery. The longer it has been since your surgery, the better your outcome. Having your surgery at least 2 years ago will ensure your duct system is working well. Some mothers who had this surgery many years ago even have an oversupply.
According to the CDC, a 2013 clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “The Transfer of Drugs and Therapeutics Into Human Breast Milk: An Update on Selected Topics,” indicates that most medications and immunizations are safe to use during lactation. According to the AAP, healthcare providers should weigh the risk and benefits when prescribing medications to breastfeeding mothers.
(Note: The recommendations as stated above are those of the American Academy of Pediatrics and do not represent the views of Nest Collaborative. Any course of treatment or standard of medical care is between the patient and her healthcare provider. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.)
The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains LactMed®, a database containing information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.
LactMed® includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data come from scientific literature and are fully referenced. A peer review panel reviews the data for scientific validity and currency.
Another good source is the Infant Risk Center of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. They are a leading research center for medication safety during pregnancy and lactation. Check out their MommyMeds for Mothers app for the latest medication safety guidelines.
Nest Collaborative FAQs
At Nest Collaborative our lactation consultants provide breastfeeding support for moms and moms-to-be, anywhere, anytime. Nest Collaborative is a collection of IBCLCs who conduct online, video appointments to help guide moms through the breastfeeding process–from beginning to end.
In using telehealth through telecommunications technology we provide lactation support for prenatal and postpartum moms that addresses many lactation concerns including pain, milk supply, latch, positioning, pumping and storage concerns, and return-to-work planning. Additionally, we can effectively assist with other concerns as they relate to breastfeeding such as sleep, mood changes, maternal self-care and more.
Check out our website for a further breakdown of all the Services and Expertise we can offer you.
You should call a Nest Collaborative lactation consultant prenatally and/or just after your baby arrives. Many of our clients call about general concerns or for advice, but we also offer moral support and encouragement and can help you work through some very specific issues such as:
At Nest Collaborative we know breastfeeding can be challenging, so we are here to help. Book an appointment today.
Our lactation consultants do not prescribe medications. For lactation-related concerns that may necessitate pharmacological therapy, we work directly with your medical providers to assist you in getting the appropriate care, if authorized by you directly.
At Nest Collaborative, we’ve put together a seamless process that allows you to set up a consultation all from the comfort of your home. It works like this:
During your virtual appointment, your lactation consultant addresses the concerns you identify as most important and creates a plan that works for you. She also collaborates with your primary care team to keep everyone in the loop.
A virtual appointment means all your healthcare is delivered via live two-way audio/video telecommunication technology from the comfort of your home. You don’t need to drive anywhere.
Yes, many states mandate FULL coverage of lactation services via telehealth for MOST health insurance carriers, with no copays or deductibles. If we determine that your health insurance plan doesn’t cover our service, we will let you know prior to confirming your appointment. Discounted rates are also available if your plan will not cover our service.
Note that while most plans cover our visits at 100%, self-funded and Medicaid plans may not provide full coverage.
Currently, we are in-network with:
Nest Collaborative stands with our Black Families to denounce our country’s long standing epidemic of racism and white supremacy. We speak out hoping to encourage you to do the same, as our voices together support the changes needed to ensure the future safety and health of our Black brothers and sisters.