Find a lactation consultant
Many of our members have access to a lactation (breastfeeding) counselor at no extra cost. This is considered a preventive care service, which means it’s covered at 100% through in-network providers.
Lactation counselors are health professionals who can help new moms prevent or solve breastfeeding difficulties. They can help you with things like:
- Latching difficulties
- Concerns about your milk supply
- Baby fussiness with feedings
- Nursing positions
- Advice on breastfeeding equipment
- Returning to work while breastfeeding
We know breastfeeding is hard work, and it can feel daunting. Support is available.
To learn more about whether you qualify and how to find an in-network lactation consultant based on your plan, call the number on the back of your insurance card.
Download Blue Cross NC’s My Pregnancy App
Blue Cross NC members have free access to our My Pregnancy App.
On the Resources page, the app can help you look up your breast pump and lactation consultant benefits through Blue Connect.
You can also check out the Learn Library, which incudes tips and articles on breastfeeding.
Find out if you’re eligible for WIC in North Carolina
WIC helps pregnant and postpartum moms and their babies access healthy food and breastfeeding support. To be eligible for WIC, you must:
- Live in North Carolina
- Meet the income criteria
- Be at nutritional risk
To find out if you’re eligible and to apply for WIC benefits, visit Nutrition NC.
If you are not in North Carolina, visit your state’s department of public health.
Breastfeeding and health equity
There are many choices families make about the well-being of their newborn child, and feeding practices are top of the list. When we consider the tools we have to facilitate equity for birthing families and their infants, breastfeeding and breast milk have many protective effects.
In this path toward health equity, Blue Cross NC has many resources to support families who choose breastmilk as the primary food source for their infant. And amidst this formula shortage, not only is breastmilk a viable option, but it also frees up some of the formula supply for families for whom breastfeeding is not an option.
We encourage you to explore these resources for yourself or a loved one who is welcoming a new baby!