The Lactation Consultant is a health care professional who is knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in lactation and breastfeeding management. The primary focus of this position is to provide education, assistance, and support to breastfeeding women and newborns. The Lactation Consultant will also provide education to the perinatal nurses
who will be caring for maternity patients.
The Lactation Consultant will provide education within the scope of the Childbirth Education Program as well as continued consultation to patients who are in need of services post-discharge.
The Lactation Consultant will be responsible for creating policies and procedures within the scope of Breastfeeding.
•Assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care in a variety of patient care situations
•Establishment and implementation of Breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to staff
•Training and education of all staff in the skills necessary to implement breastfeeding policy
•Maintains and expands knowledge and skills for lactation consultant practice by participating in continuing education programs and professional development activities
•Interface with Childbirth Educators to educate consistently and comprehensively on breastfeeding issues
•Establishment of an employee breastfeeding program so that employees returning to work may continue breastfeeding
•Follow-up with breastfeeding patients as appropriate - availability as a referral source for NWH
•Referral and communication to primary care provider as appropriate.
•Current Licensure in nursing in Massachusetts
•Demonstrated, successful teaching experience
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills
•Knowledge of Business Administration Preferred
•Recent OB or Mother/Baby nursing experience preferred.
•Knowledge of the special needs and behaviors of infant, child, adolescent, adult patients required.
•CPR Training Required
The Lactation Consultant works in a variety of patient care environments where there may be exposure to communicable diseases and hazardous materials such as chemothera-peutic agents, radioisotopes and radiation. Caring for patients also involves exposure to human waste and other unpleasant elements. Other duties may include general cleaning with exposure to dirt, odors, cramped quarters, etc.