What Does a Lactation Consultant do

by David Paul Krug · 0 comments

Nurses in this field help new mothers master breastfeeding and cope with problems that may arise. Additionally, they advocate for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, and they work in the health policy arena to encourage the development of progressive breastfeeding programs and legislation. A lactation consultant may work at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. They may have a private practice. Typically, they help mothers and babies with latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production, or inadequate weight gain.

How do I become a Lactation Consultant?

The most customary way of becoming a Lactation Consultant is to earn a degree in nursing. Most nurses have earned either an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a recognized college or university. During your nursing schooling, it is helpful to take optional courses in neonatal nursing or to specialize in neonatal nursing. After completing a nursing program, all future nurses go on to take an exam called the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) so they can become licensed to practice nursing in their state. After gaining know-how as a staff nurse (good areas are labor & delivery nursing and neonatal nursing) and accumulating significant clinical experience working with mothers and nursing babies, you can proceed to become board certified as a Lactation Consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc.

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