Lora Luczywo, IBCLC
(It's pronounced Loo-chee-vo)
Lora Luczywo, IBCLC, has been providing families with judgment-free breastfeeding support since 2009. From pregnancy and birth to breastfeeding and beyond, Los Angeles Lactation offers a variety of services designed to empower and inspire confidence while gently nurturing the parent-child relationship. Lora employs a mellow approach which involves a lot of listening and thoughtful consideration of your specific goals and needs. Your best interests are always the priority.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I currently live in Westchester with my husband, two children, and three dogs. I obtained my BA from the University of Arizona, completed my lactation education at the University of California San Diego, and earned my clinical competency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Prior to becoming an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), I worked in finance specializing in due diligence and fund administration. When I am not working, I like to read, go to concerts, play with my dogs, enjoy nature, travel, and spend time with my family.
Breastfeeding got off to a rough start when my daughter was born. With education and support from an IBCLC we overcame our challenges and breastfed for one year. The science behind breastfeeding fascinated me and I was itching for a change, so I quit my job, went back to school, and started a new career. I am happy to have a career that leaves a positive impact on my community and I look forward to assisting you with attentive care during this special time in your life.
What is an IBCLC?
IBCLC stands for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC is the highest level breastfeeding professional with the most education and hands-on experience you can find anywhere in the world. The term "Lactation Consultant" is not used by IBCLCs alone. There are other certifications like CBE, CBS, CLC, CLE, etc. which are limited in their scope of practice. IBCLCs are carefully trained to detect and treat complex breastfeeding issues. Non-IBCLC Lactation Consultants are only certified to help with basics like positioning and latch. It is an important distinction to make because in Los Angeles you can hire an IBCLC for the same price you would pay for a someone with a lesser credential. Here is a quick breakdown of the experience behind the IBCLC credentials:
A degree in a healthcare field or completion of 14 class credits from an accredited college
Minimum 90 hours coursework, lectures & case studies in accredited lactation education program
Minimum 300 hour mentored internship in hospital & clinic working directly with breastfeeding families
Must qualify to sit for and successfully complete the IBLCE board exam and recertify every 5 years
IBCLC is the only certification qualified to treat complex breastfeeding & lactation issues
Insurance & Payments - Yes, we take insurance!
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The National Women's Law Center has a toolkit to help navigate insurance coverage: New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law