|1.||Basic description —Lactation consultants and breast-feeding counselors work closely together when a mother is experiencing a breast-feeding problem. They assess the mother and baby, take a history, observe the mother and baby while breast-feeding, problem solve, develop a plan of care, work with and report to the mother’s and baby’s primary care providers, and arrange for follow-up.|
|2.||Educational requirements—The term “lactation consultant” refers to anyone who is working in the field of lactation, either as a volunteer or as a professional. However, certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is considered the gold standard for lactation consultant. This exam is held once a year worldwide. Criteria that must be met for certification are bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree—or 4 years of post-secondary education; a minimum of 2,500 hours of practice as a breastfeeding consultant; and a minimum of education specific to breast-feeding within the 3 years prior to the exam.|
|3.||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|4.||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.|
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Publication information: Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing. Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 91.
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