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They're covered by public health here.
There's also La Leche League for free support.
Costs vary greatly by location and by your insurance.
In the hospital, 2 different LCs came in to visit and offer us help. With my insurance, we got a home health visit from a nurse who happened to also be a LC. Our pedi also happens to be a LC. So both of these were covered under my insurance.
I also spoke to an LC at a parenting center where I took my birth classes. The LC open hours were free. I took a mommy and baby yoga class and after one of the classes each week they had a LC available for an hour for any questions.
Definitely talk to LCs and even talk to multiple. Each one I spoke to offered different tips that has contributed to our breastfeeding journey. If you don't like one, then find a different one. After having the 2nd one come visit us at the hospital, I realized the first one wasn't very helpful.
Best of luck.
I had one that came to my home (she came 2 - 3 times and was available for email and phone support too, unlimited). She filled out the paperwork for me to file with my own insurance if I wanted to; she did not process insurance herself.
I never ended up filing it, but whether or not it is covered would be plan specific.
It was a flat fee of $175. I thought it was worth every.single.penny.
TJ1979:My hospital had a weekly bf support group with LCs that was free even if you didn't deliver there.