Lactation Consultant at Wellstar Health Systems in Austell, Georgia

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Job Description:


How would you like to work in a place where your contributions and ideas are valued? A place where you can serve with compassion, pursue excellence and honor every voice? At Wellstar, our mission is simple, yet powerful: to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve. We are proud to have become a shining example of what's possible when the brightest professionals dedicate themselves to making a difference in the healthcare industry, and in people's lives.


The Lactation Consultant has specialized education and extensive experience in managing the needs and care of the breastfeeding family. In providing patient care using an understanding of age specific needs, the Lactation Consultant addresses the physiological, emotional, developmental, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family/ support system. Using a family centered approach, educational needs may range from pre-conception through time of weaning, assisting the mother to attain her individual breastfeeding goals.

The Lactation Consultant is responsible for professional and self developmental activities. Responsible for delivering patient care in complex, multiple problem breastfeeding situations. Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team as a consultant, instructor, and mentor/preceptor to other health care professionals and clients in hospital and community settings.

Independently performs her job functions and is responsible to the Manager or Assistant Nurse Manager. The Lactation Consultant who is not IBCLC certified must have an IBCLC preceptor and be checked off for all inpatient, outpatient and phones consultations for 6 months after hire date.


Required Minimum Education:

  • Must hold an Associate's degree in Nursing or Health Science from an accredited college or university;
  • Bachelor's degree is preferred.

Required Minimum Licensure:

  • The Lactation Consultant is currently certified as an IBCLC by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). If not certified as an IBCLC, must have a minimum of 2 years' experience with breastfeeding/lactation and obtain IBCLC certification within 1 year of hire date.
  • Must have a current BLS card form the American Heart Association on the first day of employment in position.

Required Minimum Experience:

  • Breastfeeding experience is required to become eligible to sit for the exam. This experience is considered adequate for entry level into Lactation Consultant practice. Hours vary based on educational background. Minimum breastfeeding experience is typically 2500 hours.

Required Minimum Skills:

  • Strong judgment skills - the ability to work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions that still reflect the policies/procedures and philosophy of the department
  • Assisting the breastfeeding mother to attain her individual breastfeeding goals
  • Assessment and patient care regarding breastfeeding for newborns, infants and mothers and communication with members of the health care team
  • Teach breastfeeding classes to the community and to health care workers Telephone counseling Keyboard skills (computer skills including word processing desirable)
  • Other duties as required related to health promotion, the WellStar Health System, and the day to day functioning of the department

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