The skilled support of the IBCLC is critical in the health of the dyad, and there are at least 2.33 million reasons why.
A 2017 study looked at expanding Medicaid coverage for lactation services, breastfeeding duration rates, and cost-effectiveness of IBCLC support. This study was conducted in North Carolina, finding that when breastfeeding support resources are available state-wide, such high-density IBCLC support is associated with increased breastfeeding by low-income mothers. Furthermore, this study found that such high-density IBCLC services are cost-effective: Medicaid reimbursement of IBCLCs showed an estimated annual cost savings of $2.33 million. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27535132