provides education to women, families, health professionals, and
the community about breast feeding and human lactation. Facilitates
the development of policies which protect, promote, and support
breastfeeding; acts as an advocate for breastfeeding and provides
evidence-based breastfeeding support and care from preconception to
weaning for women and their families.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
This job description is a summary of the primary duties and
responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be
a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and
responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at the
Preferred – Bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.
Required – Experience in maternal-child health
Preferred – 3 years of experience in lactation
Required – Current registered nurse (RN) license in the
state of practice.
International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
- Computer skills and dexterity for data entry and retrieval of
- Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability
to present information clearly and professionally.
- Proficient with Windows-style applications, various software
packages specific to role and keyboard.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Oversees and coordinates lactating patient needs by providing
up-to-date and accurate information and appropriate lactation
assistance, applying age specific knowledge that’s relevant to the
care of the patient.
- Provides anticipatory guidance to promote best breastfeeding
practices and minimize the potential for breastfeeding problems or
- Conducts quality assurance programs to monitor the caliber of
the program and maintains appropriate consult documentation and
- Evaluates products related to lactation and makes
recommendations regarding their benefits to patients.
- Provides information for access to breastfeeding equipment and
devices appropriate for the lactating mother and breastfeeding
- Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including
but not limited to respect for privacy, method of introduction to
the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be
performed, requesting permissions and communication style.
- Performs other related duties as required.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of
work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required
responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or
this description amended at any time.
This employer maintains and complies with its Compliance &
Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate
reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable
behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy,
and/or other compliance-related concerns.
The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, protected veteran status, or disability
Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical essential functions of this job include (but are
not limited to) the following: Frequently exerting 10 to 20
pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100
pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of
those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid
The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area
where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works
with specimens that could contain communicable diseases.
There may be an occupational risk for exposure to communicable
Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there
may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or
hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport,
storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or
disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may
increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.