Lactation Consultant Job Description

Lactation Consultant Job Description

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Lactation consultant provides expert care in lactation management according to the ILCA Standards of Practice for IBCLC Lactation Consultants.

Lactation Consultant Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Functions as a Lactation Consultant in area of expertise, collaborating with the mother, the primary nurse, physician and related members of the health team in the management of lactation and breastfeeding
Plans, organizes and delivers lactation management services to all breastfeeding patients, both in-patient and out-patient
Conducts bedside lactation rounds daily
Participates appropriately in communication and decision-making activities of the lactation and maternity services
Completion of Lactation Consultant training program
Prior experience as a lactation consultant (Preferred)
Demonstrated ability to lead, organize, manage and develop lactation programs (Preferred)
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification (Preferred)
Collaborates with all members of the health care team incorporating evidence based practices to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate lactation and breastfeeding problems and to suggest treatment approaches and outcomes
Develops, evaluates and revises policies and procedures related to lactation and breastfeeding

Lactation Consultant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Lactation Consultant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, IBCLC, NRP, CLC, AHA, BCLS

Education for Lactation Consultant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the lactation consultant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Nursing, Education, Associates, Health, Graduate, Science, School of Nursing, Healthcare, Nursing Program, Nutrition

Skills for Lactation Consultant

Desired skills for lactation consultant include:

Lactation
Current lactation theories and research
Word
Computer systems and software used in functional area
Birth
Labor
Pregnancy
Excel and PowerPoint
Standards of Care pertinent to breast-feeding education
Legal issues

Desired experience for lactation consultant includes:

Demonstrates skills to assist the lactating mother with feeding position, correct latch, supplementation, use of hand held and electric breast pump, hand expression, and cup, spoon and syringe feeding
Creates a milieu that promotes learning for staff and patients
Educate on benefits of breastfeeding for mother and infant
Consults with mothers having breastfeeding problems
Selects appropriate breastfeeding related supplies for patient use
Plans, teaches and conducts in-service education for maternity nursing staff

Lactation Consultant Examples

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Lactation Consultant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of lactation consultant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for lactation consultant
  • Designs and implements educational programs to families, and the community about breastfeeding and human lactation through teaching prenatal and post-natal breastfeeding classes
  • Trains and assists nursing staff in the areas of lactation and breastfeeding to provide continuity of breastfeeding information
  • Provides inpatient documentation on the Lactation Assessment and Multidisciplinary Teaching Sheet
  • Conducts quality assurance programs to monitor the caliber of the program
  • Conducts duties as needed related to Baby-Friendly certification
  • Maintains equipment in its proper working condition
  • Places repair request for the department based equipment with Biomedical Department, Computer Support and the Engineering Department in a timely manner using the web-based request form
  • Communicates and implements changes in policies/procedures
  • Responds to patient call lights in a courteous manner within three rings and informs the responsible caregiver of patient requests
  • Documents accurately and timely in the electronic medical record
Qualifications for lactation consultant
  • Maintains clinical knowledge and seeks to improve competency in the area of responsibility
  • Assists in the organization and operations of the unit via guidelines, policy, and procedures
  • Ability to work with several different patient care units and levels of care providers
  • Bachelor's in Nursing, with current California RN license preferred
  • Cross-trained to another perinatal area or willing to cross-train
  • Related clinical experience must be defined within the posting notes, specific to the department of hire adult critical care, med/surg, MCH
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Lactation Consultant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of lactation consultant. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for lactation consultant
  • Documents patient’s behavior, responses and progress in Cerner for inpatients and on Lactation Resource Network forms for outpatients
  • Will conduct follow-up consults as ordered by physician referral and document on Lactation Resource Forms as indicated
  • Provides patient and staff education, clinical supervision and assesses need for implements unit based, hospital based activities (in-services, OB Updates)
  • Works well with hospital staff and providers
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year clinical experience working in the hospital setting
  • Participate in discharge planning by identifying post-discharge needs and providing breastfeeding instruction
  • Provide postpartum maternal and neonatal assessments
  • Develop feeding plans to address the nutritional needs of the infant that may include but are not limited to breastfeeding support, breast pumping support, and supplementation as appropriate
  • Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team and consult with physicians, and other appropriate individuals as necessary in order to serve as a direct resource to breastfeeding mothers and babies
  • Collaborates with OB/Ped Leadership in the development of programs
Qualifications for lactation consultant
  • Current state licensure requires in Kansas
  • A minimum of 3 years clinical experience in maternal/neonatal nursing
  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Registered Nurse and
  • One year recent clinical and education experience preferred
  • Physical/Psychosocial assessment skills
  • Current certification for BCLS Healthcare Provider
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Lactation Consultant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a lactation consultant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for lactation consultant
  • Develops and maintains discharge support resources
  • Follows up with lactating moms within all areas of Stony Brook Hospital who seek a consultation
  • Demonstrates collaborative leadership with researchers, other health professionals, divisions, and departments to generate knowledge and make practice changes based on research findings, , the results of the organizational and departmental quality improvement processes
  • Provides bedside assistance and support for as many breastfeeding mothers within the time constraints of position
  • Provides outpatient services for patients who were not initially seen in the hospital, or who require assistance and support in the community
  • Makes telephone contact with breastfeeding women after discharge if questions or difficulties arise, and answers Breastfeeding Information Line
  • Provides Breastfeeding Information Line telephone number and community resources
  • Develops and implements guidelines and standards of care for assisting breastfeeding mothers
  • Provides in-service education for all relevant medical, nursing, and ancillary staff
  • Offers prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding classes in collaboration with the Parenting Education Department
Qualifications for lactation consultant
  • Minimum 1 year Lactation Consultant experience
  • Minimum one year L&D, Post Postpartum or NICU exp required
  • 3 years experience in clinical obstetrics and/or birthing center preferred
  • Previous experience as an IBCLC preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Adult Learning Principles needed to plan, implement and present/facilitate education for clients and/or hospital staff
  • Experience demonstrating the competent assessment, treatment, and care of all ages, including, neonates
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Lactation Consultant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a lactation consultant. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for lactation consultant
  • Assists with training and precepting lactation team members, staff nurses, other health care providers and students
  • Monitors outcomes, maintains lactation related data and identifies Quality Improvement projects
  • Performs initial and on-going assessments of the mother/baby dyad’s lactation goals and issues
  • Demonstrate effective, accurate clinical judgment when assessing the breastfeeding couplet's need for lactation support
  • Be responsible for communication of lactation management recommendations to all members of the healthcare team
  • Provides assistance with breastfeeding supplies and equipment
  • Makes inpatient consultations available to patients requiring further breastfeeding support at the patients’, physicians’, or home visit program nurses’ request
  • Demonstrates a commitment to promote a unit environment, which supports positive public relations, image and effective communication to patients, visitors, and health team members
  • Telephone duties
  • Letter and memo writing
Qualifications for lactation consultant
  • Unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • Infant and Adult Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare workers certification
  • Fetal Monitoring Course within 6 months of hire unless the RN demonstrates equivalent coursework or greater than 3 years Obstetrical experience
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBLCE) within 12 months
  • Current RN License from the State of Practice
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBLCE)
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Lactation Consultant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of lactation consultant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for lactation consultant
  • Form development
  • Filing and mailing
  • Documenting teaching sessions
  • Implement, and evaluate neonates and their families
  • Assesses and assists with feeding plan in conjunction with RN caring for baby and
  • General knowledge of professional nursing principles and techniques used in the assessment
  • Care and treatment of Couplet Care patients
  • General knowledge of the pharmacological process in the appropriate administration or
  • Provides interventions as recommended within the plan of care
  • Performs some secretarial duties, such as scheduling, filing, answering the phone, and other duties as assigned
Qualifications for lactation consultant
  • This position requires current certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and/or Bachelor’s degree in health education or related field
  • Minimum of 3+ years experience providing lactation education, resources and support to patients and healthcare providers or any combination of education and experience*
  • 2 years RN experience, maternal-child experience preferred
  • Nursing diploma or ASN required
  • International Board Certfied Lactation Counsultant (IBCLC) required within 2 years of hire
  • Frequent patient contact

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