Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Lactation Consultant

    Job Title
    Lactation Consultant
    Job ID
    27439128
    Location
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    Description
    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Lactation Consultant who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 


    The Lactation Consultant:

    • Provides clinical expertise necessary to determine the breastfeeding needs, problems and concerns of women and infants at Howard University Hospital
    • Develop and implement breastfeeding and baby care education training and individual consultations, promoting good health, nutrition, and wellbeing for mother, child and family
    • ​​​​​​Collects, analyzes, interprets and utilizes established breastfeeding screening and assessment data, to determine the breastfeeding status and needs of pregnant and postpartum patients and staff/faculty at HUH
    • Use appropriate interviewing skills and techniques to obtain childbirth/breast feeding histories, cultural, environmental, socioeconomic and biological factors that influence breastfeeding practices 
    • Develops a plan to assist the mother in providing appropriate breastfeeding nutrition to the child. Instructs mothers (adolescents and adults) on all tasks necessary to initiate and maintain lactation during the infant’s hospitalization and post-discharge follow-up   
    • Establish and monitor breastfeeding initiation supplies and equipment in the HUH Delivery Rooms, Postpartum Unit and Intensive Care Nursery
    • Work with the medical and nursing staff to support breastfeeding initiation within one hour after delivery and breast milk pumping within six hours for mothers of infants admitted to the Intensive Care Nursery 
    • Provides consultations to evaluate breastfeeding oral motor mechanics of infants and milk transfer to make appropriate recommendations and management strategies
    • Communicates the information obtained from maternal and infant observation and evaluation, collaborates with health care team for development and ongoing modification of plan of care
    • Identifies maternal and infant response to care provided and collaborates with health care team to assure achievement of desired patient outcome
    • Provide weekly Breastfeeding Education and Support Training (BEST) Classes for prenatal and postpartum women.  BEST Classes will be available for individual mothers, families and groups from the inpatient unit and from prenatal, postpartum and pediatric outpatients
    • Serves as an expert resource to the HUH BLESS (Breastfeeding, Lactation Education and Support Services) Team, departments and staff throughout the facility to ensure knowledge of, and adherence to the Hospital Infant Feeding Policy and procedures related to human milk collection, storage, transport and infant feeding
    • Facilitate access to and monitoring of staff and faculty registered to utilize the HUH Lactation Center

    Qualified candidates will possess:
    • High School Diploma or GED required
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred
    • Certification from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
    • 5+ years of experience providing educational and practice opportunities in a variety of settings to train, support mothers, families and hospital staff to achieve breastfeeding success

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work life balance
    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
    Required Skills

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • High School Diploma or GED required.
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
    • Certification from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
    • 5+ years of experience providing educational and practice opportunities in a variety of settings to train, support mothers, families and hospital staff to achieve breastfeeding success.

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