yes I have phi and was lucky to claim $100 off my consultation with an IBCLC. This was the maximum amount my health fund allows for. Unfortunetly, with the bf issues I have with attachment, I really need to see the *same* person at least every second day, (every third day at the absolute maximum) and obviously this is unattainable at $100 each subsequent visit. I have been saying for years that IBCLC should incur a medicare rebate. I really think desperate mums having access to an affordable and superior bf resource that an IBCLC is, would have significant benefits to raising the bf rates.
I posted above my personal thoughts on the "free" options to see local LC through mchn clinics etc, I honestly think the quality of their advice and knowledge is no where near that of an IBCLC. As I birthed in a private hospital there is no outpatient LC facility, you are in the hands of the community post discharge. Due to my past history I was able to obtain 2 free mw home visits from the largest maternity hospital in my state. Let me say they were lovely ladies but one admitted "your bf problems are above my skills in this area" and the other one had never seen or heard of an sns which we were using at the time so obviously they we're of no help to me other than weighing my baby.
Yes, I sourced the ABA hotline as well and spoke to anther lovely lady who could not believe the amount of issues I was facing and gave me her personal home number so if I wanted to call back I could talk to her and not have to explain my story over again with a completely new person.
My post on bf being big business was purely in relation to the amount of "stuff" one may need in order to bf these days. Yes I know of a few mums personally who put bub to boob and away they went without so much as a few bras (I'm assuming lol) and some have an ABA membership obviously there choice to purchase.
BUT when bf doesn't go to plan and "stuff" needs to be purchased, medical professionals need to be seen etc then the cost of bf is enormous as I can attest to. And that is where big companies are profiteering off breastfeeding.