Lactation Business Plan

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Private Practice Lactation Consultant Business Plan
Stephanie Roberts
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* Executive summary
Breastfeeding is not only a lifestyle choice but also an important health care choice. Any amount of time that a mother can do it will help both her and the baby. Many benefits of breast milk are noted for mothers, babies, and others. Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even SIDS. Infant formula cannot match the perfect chemical composition of human milk, specifically the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease. The private practice of lactation consultants has increased over the last decade. According to the CDC (2006), the rates of breastfeeding have slightly increased. Healthy People objectives for breastfeeding in early postpartum period, at six months, and 12 months are 75%, 50%, and 25%, respectively. Healthy People 2010 objectives for exclusive breastfeeding through three and six months of age are 40% and 17%, respectively. National data on exclusive breastfeeding are available only from respondents interviewed after 2005 and thus are not available for children born prior to 2003. The Private Practice of Lactation Consultants (PPLC) will provide care and assistance to any mother who is breastfeeding regardless of financial ability to pay. The need for lactation consultants outside of the hospital settings are need for the long-term care of mothers who choose to breastfeed for longer than the initial newborn period. Problems with breastfeeding tend to appear as the child grows and milk production changes. Many mothers will stop breastfeeding when problems arise because they do not have a specific health care professional to turn to for assistance. Pediatricians need to support mothers during breastfeeding by collaborating with independent lactation consultants to refer patients. Many problems with breastfeeding can be resolved with one on one time with the patient and supporting the mother emotionally, physically, and mentally. There is not a need for any other staffing for the practice. The individual consultant will run the practice independently. Funding for the practice will come from the consultant’s personal accounts and grants obtained for initial startup then funding will come from the revenue and reimbursements. Funding will be needed for supplies, and initial operating cost. Private insurances and co-pays will cover reimbursement and private paying clients unless financial hardship is determined. If financial hardship is determined, then the case will be charity case and grant funds used for this purpose. * Mission Statement

* The Private Practice of Lactation Consultants is to provide expert clinical breastfeeding services to mothers and children, regardless of income, and to provide healthcare professionals with evidence-based breastfeeding information and supervised clinical opportunities. Population Demographics

Demographics for this private lactation consulting practice include breastfeeding mothers in need of support. The population ages can be of any woman of childbearing age. According to the Department of Human and Health Services, there is no statistical data for Hamilton County, Florida. In 2005, the state of Florida had 70.6% children have been breastfed; 36.8% were breastfed through six months of age; 21% were fed through 12 months; 28% were exclusively breastfed through 3 months of age and 11.4% were exclusively breastfed through 6 months of age (Department of Human and Health Services, 2009). As the numbers show breastfeeding has not been a priority to the state of Florida.  Florida has among the lowest breastfeeding rates in the nation. A perceived major barrier for many women to breastfeeding is a fear of embarrassment in public. More Floridian mothers who chose to...
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