Yesterday's New York Times reported on new rules requiring health insurers to pay for a broad range of preventive health services. Among them, it noted, was breastfeeding support.
I asked Marsha Walker about this, and she sent me the following section which describes what kind of breastfeeding support is to be covered:
Section 2713: "Coverage of Preventive Health Services
United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for breastfeeding include: pre and postnatal breastfeeding education, formal breastfeeding evaluations undertaken by trained caregivers in the hospital and out patient care settings, followed by interventions to correct problems as needed
I don't know what "outpatient" covers, here, but I hope it means consults in other medical offices (like pediatricians and OB/GYNs) as well as private lactation consults. That would be a huge step forward. Stay tuned for more details!