LLL leaders are not lactation consultants. An LLL leader promotes parenting via breastfeeding. Hence, her advice is free. She doesn't do the same thing a board certified lactation consultant does, which is diagnose breastfeeding issues and treat them as much as she can. Hence the reason an IBCLC costs money. However, many have a sliding scale or may take payments if not covered by insurance. I worked with two trying to get mt clefty to nurse, and it was money well spent. All you can do is ask about payment, kwim.