Lactation (Breastfeeding) Counseling
TRICARE covers lactation or breastfeeding counseling for up to six individual outpatient counseling sessions per birth or adoption when provided as a preventive service separate from an inpatient maternity stay, follow-up outpatient visit or well-child care visit.
An approval from Health Net Federal Services, LLC is not required.
Counseling services are not a covered benefit when provided by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® or Certified Lactation Counselor® unless that provider is also a TRICARE-authorized doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or registered nurse.
Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration
TRICARE will allow for certified labor doulas, lactation consultants and lactation counselors – currently excluded as TRICARE-authorized provider types under the TRICARE benefit – to provide reimbursable care to TRICARE beneficiaries under its Childbirth and Breastfeeding Support Demonstration.