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Working As A Lactation Consultant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $64,792

    Average Salary

What Does A Lactation Consultant Do At Highmark Health

* Practices autonomously to provide expert lactation care and clinical management for inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding dyads.
* Provides education and consultation to patients and health care team members using evidence based practice standards.
* Assists with daily operations of the retail lactation center and monitors breastfeeding equipment within the hospital.
* Participates in marketing activities related to Lactation Services.
* Contributes to the achievement of divisional and organizational goals.
* May contribute to the development and presentation of lactation programs and policies based on facility requirements.
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Lactation Consultant Do At Texas Health Resources

* Texas Health Resources is the largest faith based hospital system in North Texas.
* Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
* If you share in this mission, we would like to hear from you.
* The Family Centered Care Unit in the Margot Perot women's center at Texas Health Dallas, a MAGNET and baby friendly facility, is in search of a Registered Nurse
* Lactation Consultant for our Lactation Program.
* The ideal candidate will be a team player who is excellent at communicating with peers, physicians, patients and who cares about customer service.
* Part-time, night Shift
* PM-7:15AM, (3) 8-hour shifts/week with holiday & weekend requirements.
* Self scheduling.
* Very flexible on schedule
* Why Texas Health Resources?
* Our facilities are located across the greater Dallas – Ft.
* Worth area with a centrally located corporate office in Arlington, TX.
* We are one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the US that has the resources to offer a variety of career growth and professional development opportunities with equally remarkable benefits.
* Join our award-winning Texas Health family and contribute to our mission “to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve”.
* A few recent accomplishments we achieved include:
* and 2016 FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®”
* Healthiest Employer in North Texas” by Dallas Business Journal and 2015 Fortune “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials”
* Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” by the National Business Group on Health (marking the sixth year THR has received this award)
* and 2016 Platinum-level recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) for being a “Fit
* Friendly Worksite”
* Great Place to Work® and Fortune list of “50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie”
* Ranked #3 on 2015 “100 Best Workplaces for Women list” by Great Place to Work®
* In order to qualify for this newly created position, the following criteria must be met

What Does A Lactation Consultant Do At Anne Arundel Medical Center

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions When providing breastfeeding support and teaching to breastfeeding patients and families, utilizes knowledge of personality, counseling skills, and family and group theory.
* Develops and individualizes a breastfeeding plan of care for each mother-baby couple in accordance with established standards, appropriate prioritization of problems/needs, and mutually agreed upon goals.
* Continuously evaluates the effectiveness of the breastfeeding plan of care, making revisions and recommendations based on analysis of patient responses to interventions.
* Selects appropriate breastfeeding related supplies for retail sale and for rental.
* Over-sees breastpump rentals and retail sales within lactation services.
* Plans, organizes and delivers lactation services to all breastfeeding patients, both in patient and out-patient

What Does A Lactation Consultant Do At Vanderbilt University Medical Center

* Provides direct care for inpatient mother-baby couplets, and neonates.
* Develops, organizes, implements, evaluates and revises preparation for childbirth, newborn care, sibling preparation, postpartum, and breastfeeding classes for expectant and new parents.
* Develops, organizes, implements, evaluates and revises preceptorships, in-service programs, workshops and continuing education classes on topics related to breastfeeding management for nursing staff, medical staff, and students of health care-related fields (RN, ARNP, CNM, MD, RD, etc.) as well as staff education materials.
* Assists in the management of the breast pump rental station.
* Manages work flow in the perinatal education department.
* The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
* LACTATION KNOWLEDGE (INTERMEDIATE):_ - Demonstrates mastery of lactation knowledge in practical applications of a difficult nature.
* Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others.
* Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

What Does A Lactation Consultant Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the Lactation Consultant is responsible and accountable for individual Lactation Consultant practice and, when applicable, appropriately delegates and supervises tasks to provide optimum patient care.
* Collaborates with all disciplines to enhance clinical outcomes, reduce length of stay, improve resource utilization and ensure patient satisfaction.
* Serves as a clinical resource and consultant for issues related to patient care for patients, physicians, staff and the community.
* Fulfills the duty and responsibility to maintain competence and to continue personal and professional growth congruent with ILCA standards.
* Participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving patient’s health care goals through patient assessment, planning and implementation of Lactation Consultant interventions and evaluation of patient outcomes.
* Identifies and assists with opportunities for performance improvement activities on the unit and with other service areas.
* Accurately and completely documents all aspects of care given.
* Recognizes the purpose of employment is to prioritize the patient as number one.
* Demonstrates fiscal responsibility by taking ownership of time management, decreasing waste (of time and supplies) and promoting cost effectiveness.
* Demonstrates the ability to be an advocate for and strive to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient.
* Interactions with patients and colleagues demonstrate compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status or cultural beliefs.
* Communicates effectively with other care providers (physicians, nurses, business office, and medical records) to provide for continuity of patient care and to meet the needs of the customers we serve.
* Demonstrates ability to fulfill requirements of attendance, punctuality, and timekeeping practices.
* Behaviors and interactions demonstrate a positive attitude, personal initiative and motivation to achieve the goals of the unit.
* To uphold the standards of the profession and organization and practice ethically and with integrity

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How To Become A Lactation Consultant

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Filipino

  • German

  • French

  • Gujarati

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

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Top Lactation Consultant Skills

  1. Postpartum Mothers
  2. Infant Care
  3. Baby
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided support and education to postpartum mothers.
  • Take full history, assess breast in mom and oral cavity of baby.
  • Provide total patient care for a 45 bed level III NICU.
  • Increased breastfeeding support group attendance rate by 30% in less than 6 months.
  • Provided a monthly breastfeeding class and taught prepared childbirth classes one night each week.

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