Lactation education

Amid infant formula shortages, immediate emergency aid provided by Nest Collaborative, pioneers in lactation telehealth

FARMINGTON, Conn., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nest Collaborative, the nation’s first and largest virtual lactation consultation platform, announced that it is experiencing the highest demand for daily consultations with its nationwide network of lactation consultants since the infant formula shortage began in May. Since her visits are covered by most insurers in the United States, Nest Collaborative has dramatically increased access to crucial assistance needed during this crisis.

The infant feeding crisis is prompting more and more parents to seek professional advice on safe and optimal infant feeding options as well as information on induced lactation, relactation and increased milk supply. This builds awareness of barriers to accessing breastfeeding support. These barriers may include geographic distribution of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), cost of services, and other logistical barriers.

“I founded the Nest Collaborative to provide parents with the support they need, when they need it and without having to worry about how they’re going to afford it,” said Amanda Gorman, clinical director. “There are so many barriers to breastfeeding. Cost shouldn’t be one of them.”

Nest Collaborative was launched in 2017 on the principle that no parent should have to pay for breastfeeding support, as stated in the Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding support is a preventative service for which the insurance must cover the costs. Yet many parents still face significant barriers to accessing evidence-based advice from qualified experts due to the high cost of lactation consultations and the shortage of IBCLCs.

There are currently less than half the number of ICBLCs per 1,000 live births in the United States than the The general practitioner recommends. The combination causes significant hardship, especially in situations where parents are in desperate need of help, as many have been during ongoing formula shortages.

“Now more than ever, parents need fast, convenient and affordable access to certified lactation consultants who can provide accurate information, resources and support as families continue to struggle to figure out how to feed their babies. “, said Judith NowlinCEO of Nest Collaborative.

IBCLCs are the gold standard for lactation care and are experts in human lactation and can help families with their infant feeding decisions. Nest Collaborative offers same-day appointments with IBCLCs for parents in need of breastfeeding support in all 50 states. Nest Collaborative accepts health market insurance, employee-sponsored plans, and Medicaid. Nest Collaborative’s IBCLC network speaks Arabic, English, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu, and Burmese.

Nest webinar provides virtual resources to tackle the infant feeding crisis

Nest Collaborative recently held a online seminar provide resources to clinical providers seeking to support families due to infant formula shortages. Nest Collaborative’s Vice President of Clinical Services, Dr. Lilly Hubschman-Shahar, DNP, NNP-BC, IBCLC, discussed the multiple factors that contributed to the crisis and suggested that providers redefine it as an infant feeding crisis rather than an infant formula shortage to highlight the impact long-standing suboptimal breastfeeding rates and barriers to skilled lactation care that exacerbate inevitable safety issues and infant formula shortages. She noted that Nest is uniquely positioned to support families at all times, in addition to the current infant feeding crisis, due to its unique preventative and holistic care model which provides families with compassionate, grounded care. evidence-based, family-centered and goal-based. regardless of their infant feeding choices.

Nest Collaborative lactation consultants have provided 16,000 parent visits to date, many of whom would not have accessed breastfeeding support during COVID. Families highly recommend Nest Collaborative’s services with a consistent NPS rating of 95+.

Nest collaboration wins 1st Place at the Yale Innovation Summit

Nest Collaborative won 1st place and $10,000 to 2022 Yale Innovation Summit Pitch Tech and Digital Health competition in May. Nest Collaborative was selected from over 100 apps for the competition. The Yale Innovation Summit is the largest gathering of venture capitalists Connecticutbringing together 1,000 entrepreneurs representing 320 companies and 120 venture capital firms.

About Nest Collaborative:

Nest Collaborative, Farmington, Connecticut, is the creator of the country’s first virtual lactation platform. The company’s nationwide network of lactation consultants is available to families for same-day virtual consultations, which means more parents and their healthcare providers have access to the help that creates lifelong journeys. successful breastfeeding. Nest Collaborative has been recognized by Verywell Family as the Best Online Lactation Consultant of 2021, beating competitors by offering insurance-covered appointments, same-day availability, and group sessions through their Latch Lounge offering. For more information visit:

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