Lactation Consultant

At WellStar we all share common goals. That's what makes us so successful ? and such an integral part of our communities. We want the same things, for our organization, for our patients, and for our colleagues. As the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Georgia, this means we pride ourselves on investing in the communities that we serve. We continue to provide innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.
WellStar Cobb Hospital is currently seeing a Lactation Consultant to join our team.
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:
Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology or Lactation from an accredited college or university. In lieu of a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, an Associates Degree in Nursing plus 1 year relevant nursing experience is acceptable.
Required Minimum Licensure:
The Lactation Consultant is currently certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), or if not certified with an IBCLC, will become certified within two years of hire date. RN License or OT/PT/SLP license in the State of Georgia
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.

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