What to Expect at your SimpliFed Appointment

Welcome to SimpliFed! We are so excited to have you. Now that you’ve found us, we want to share a little bit about what your first appointment might look like and the various services we offer. 

Who are we… ?

SimpliFed is a tele-lactation service aiming to provide support, information and guidance for all of your feeding needs. Whether choosing to breastfeed, use formula, or a combination of the two, we are here to answer any questions you may have. Our team of lactation specialists is available for individualized appointments that you can participate in without having to leave your home! No matter what your feeding goals are or where you are in your parenting journey, we are here to listen and help. 

Before your appointment… 

Taking some time to prepare for the appointment can ease some of the potential stressors that come with it. One of the biggest ones that moms often ask about is insurance. Lactation consultations are covered by your insurance as the Affordable Care Act requires the coverage of lactation support services. Currently, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare are known to cover tele-lactation support. Before you meet with your support provider, it may be beneficial to call your insurance provider to ask about what will be covered. We’ve provided a list of questions that are helpful to ask here. More information on insurance can be found on one of our previous blogs, Does my insurance cover lactation support? Once you have all your bases covered in terms of insurance, there are a few more things to prepare! You may want to come to your appointment with previously thought out questions to maximize the time you spend with your support professional. It can be helpful to jot down some notes in the time leading up to your appointment on your phone or a notepad so you don’t forget important points you want to make! Lastly, take some time to think about your personal goals for feeding your baby. We’ve provided a comprehensive worksheet on the different feeding choices you have, their pros and cons, as well as some questions to ask yourself at the end. Now that you’re prepared, we look forward to seeing you soon!

The first appointment… 

When you choose to set up your appointment with us, we will introduce you to one of our trusted breastfeeding support professionals. These specialists are Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants, or IBCLCs, and are there to provide you with judgment-free guidance to help you find the best practices for your breastfeeding needs. In your first meeting with our specialists, you will typically share goals you have or any issues you’ve been experiencing. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and our IBCLC partners will get ready to set you up for success. Our appointments are all done by telehealth services on a secure link that is sent straight to your inbox! You can choose whether or not to bring your baby, and get top notch breastfeeding support without leaving the comfort of your own home. SimpliFed appointments are covered by your insurance as the Affordable Care Act requires the coverage of lactation support services. We also provide superbills to send to your insurance company if you are out of network. You can set up an appointment at any time, even if you haven’t had your baby yet! Meeting with an IBCLC while you’re pregnant can have lots of benefits such as learning how to set up your breast pump, asking any questions you may have early, and getting more information on how to prepare for successful breastfeeding. 

What else do we do … ?

 In addition to our telehealth services, we have so much more to offer! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for up to date information on what’s happening in the parenting world and what we are doing to address it. Our blog features posts that discuss various topics from pregnancy to parenthood! We provide information on frequently asked questions, worksheets to help you meet parenting goals, and research based papers on issues near and dear to our hearts. Our founder, Andrea Ippolito, makes frequent appearances on podcasts and news outlets to share SimpliFed’s message, which you can check out on our social media! Stay tuned for more updates to come as we continue to grow!

Claire Dowell