I often have very lengthy conversations with parents about the cost of breastfeeding help. Since IBCLC's are not covered by OHIP, or by most insurance plans, it can seem very expensive to lay out a large sum of money for something that we, in Canada, are used to getting for free - good help with a 'medical' problem.
Yes, there are free services available, and sometimes they help, but sometimes they aren't enough or can't provide the service and support you need.
What I ask you to consider is this,
What is the emotional cost of not getting this help?
We know there is a financial cost, and that can seem very overwhelming, but in the end, what is saving that money going to cost emotionally?
In the end, is spending that money going to save you time and aggravation?
There is the very obvious parallel with breastfeeding that people often draw. Spending money on good help can often save you the cost of having to buy formula for your babies first year. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Sometimes, even after we've tried everything, babies still need more then they can get from mom. So, no guarantee. But will you feel better if you know you tried what you could?
Remember it for anything you need to pinch to afford. Your 'emotional bank' will thank you.