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LACTATION CONSULTANT: Helping Moms Without Resources Or Support

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Allana works as a Lactation Consultant. She describes the role lactation consultants play in helping new moms breastfeed. She also shares what she likes most about her job and what she finds most challenging. Allana says the opportunities in the field of lactation consulting are growing.

Degree: Biology
Job Title: Certified Lactation Consultant
Employer: Alameda County Community

Job Summary: Health Educators

Job Description

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop programs and materials to encourage people to make healthy decisions.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the Certified Health Education Specialists

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Empathy, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork

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m='13300'>I</span> <span m='13410'>do</span> <span m='13560'>one-on-one</span> <span m='13810'>appointments.</span> <span m='14700'>And</span> <span m='14850'>I also</span> <span m='15220'>do</span> <span m='15370'>consultations</span> <span m='16420'>after</span> <span m='16750'>babies</span> <span m='17080'>are</span> <span m='17355'>born,</span> <span m='18030'>helping</span> <span m='18190'>moms</span> <span m='18605'>position,</span> <span m='19520'>latch,</span> <span m='20110'>and</span> <span m='20380'>work</span> <span m='20620'>out</span> <span m='20750'>their</span> <span m='20860'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='21160'>problems.</span> </p><p><span m='22530'>I</span> <span m='22580'>was</span> <span m='22800'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='23350'>children</span> <span m='23700'>of</span> <span m='23810'>my</span> <span m='23970'>own</span> <span m='24420'>and</span> <span m='24570'>I</span> <span m='24640'>became</span> <span m='25000'>a</span> <span m='25060'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='25345'>peer</span> <span m='25630'>counsellor.</span> <span m='26760'>From</span> <span m='26910'>there,</span> <span m='27185'>I took</span> <span m='27460'>course</span> <span m='27730'>work</span> <span m='28270'>and</span> <span m='28550'>got</span> <span m='28760'>further</span> <span m='29030'>education</span> <span m='30090'>and</span> <span m='30400'>took a</span> <span m='30500'>board-certified</span> <span m='31340'>exam</span> <span m='31735'>to become</span> <span m='32130'>a lactation</span> <span m='32619'>consultant.</span> </p><p><span m='34160'>So</span> <span m='34550'>I</span> <span m='34880'>would</span> <span m='35030'>encourage</span> <span m='35460'>you</span> <span m='35570'>to</span> <span m='35660'>find</span> <span m='36020'>people</span> <span m='36330'>who</span> <span m='37060'>do</span> <span m='37180'>things</span> <span m='37440'>that</span> <span m='37640'>you're</span> <span m='37740'>interested</span> <span m='37995'>in</span> <span m='38250'>and</span> <span m='38440'>ask</span> <span m='38580'>them</span> <span m='38810'>what</span> <span m='39220'>they</span> <span m='39360'>know.</span> <span m='39610'>And it'll</span> <span m='39920'>help</span> <span m='40170'>you</span> <span m='40320'>get to</span> <span m='40480'>where you</span> <span m='40920'>need to go.</span> </p><p><span m='41360'>And what</span> <span m='41800'>do you</span> <span m='42240'>like best</span> <span m='42680'>about</span> <span m='42890'>your</span> <span m='42960'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='44010'>Definitely</span> <span m='44590'>seeing</span> <span m='44850'>the</span> <span m='45110'>smile</span> <span m='45400'>on</span> <span m='45550'>a</span> <span m='45620'>mom's</span> <span m='45860'>face</span> <span m='46120'>when</span> <span m='46380'>she's</span> <span m='46650'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='47030'>her</span> <span m='47280'>baby,</span> <span m='48170'>particularly</span> <span m='48465'>those</span> <span m='48760'>who</span> <span m='49240'>start</span> <span m='49540'>off</span> <span m='49690'>with</span> <span m='49810'>challenges</span> <span m='50580'>and</span> <span m='51030'>tend</span> <span m='51280'>to</span> <span m='51560'>breastfeed</span> <span m='52180'>successfully</span> <span m='52420'>after</span> <span m='52740'>getting</span> <span m='52980'>help.</span> <span m='53610'>That</span> <span m='54050'>smile</span> <span m='54270'>is</span> <span m='54530'>priceless.</span> </p><p><span m='55360'>The</span> <span m='55460'>most</span> <span m='55790'>challenging</span> <span m='56310'>part</span> <span m='56550'>of</span> <span m='56610'>my</span> <span m='56980'>career</span> <span m='58180'>is</span> <span m='59120'>probably</span> <span m='59850'>working</span> <span m='60200'>in</span> <span m='60280'>the</span> <span m='60360'>community</span> <span m='60880'>that</span> <span m='61100'>I</span> <span m='61170'>work</span> <span m='61420'>in.</span> <span m='61770'>A</span> <span m='61830'>lot</span> <span m='62020'>of</span> <span m='62110'>our</span> <span m='62200'>moms</span> <span m='62530'>don't</span> <span m='62700'>have</span> <span m='62880'>a</span> <span m='62910'>lot</span> <span m='63100'>of</span> <span m='63220'>resources</span> <span m='64160'>and</span> <span m='64390'>support.</span> <span m='65290'>And</span> <span m='65420'>sometimes</span> <span m='65860'>we're</span> <span m='65990'>the</span> <span m='66210'>only</span> <span m='66500'>support</span> <span m='66890'>that</span> <span m='67070'>they</span> <span m='67210'>have.</span> <span m='67660'>And</span> <span m='67730'>that</span> <span m='67840'>really can</span> <span m='68110'>pose</span> <span m='68390'>a</span> <span m='68670'>challenge</span> <span m='69150'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='70036'>Well,</span> <span m='70480'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='71070'>happens</span> <span m='71500'>24/7.</span> <span m='73050'>So</span> <span m='73870'>it's</span> <span m='74020'>something</span> <span m='74330'>I</span> <span m='74400'>do</span> <span m='74620'>outside</span> <span m='75120'>of</span> <span m='75200'>my</span> <span m='75320'>regular</span> <span m='75650'>nine to</span> <span m='76050'>five.</span> <span m='76410'>But</span> <span m='76590'>it's</span> <span m='76700'>something</span> <span m='77020'>I</span> <span m='77080'>really</span> <span m='77360'>enjoy.</span> </p><p><span m='77810'>Being</span> <span m='78030'>a</span> <span m='78080'>mom</span> <span m='78330'>myself,</span> <span m='78900'>I</span> <span m='79060'>understand</span> <span m='79510'>that</span> <span m='79710'>the</span> <span m='79800'>demands</span> <span m='80220'>of</span> <span m='80300'>motherhood,</span> <span m='80615'>which</span> <span m='80930'>includes</span> <span m='81200'>breastfeeding,</span> <span m='82102'>is</span> <span m='82650'>ongoing.</span> <span m='83030'>So</span> <span m='83410'>I</span> <span m='83580'>typically</span> <span m='84060'>make</span> <span m='84270'>myself</span> <span m='84680'>available</span> <span m='85870'>to moms</span> <span m='86340'>when they</span> <span m='86660'>need help.</span> <span m='87025'>But</span> <span m='87390'>it's</span> <span m='87860'>sporadic.</span> <span m='88850'>It's</span> <span m='88990'>not</span> <span m='89170'>always,</span> <span m='89720'>but</span> <span m='89830'>it's</span> <span m='90070'>just</span> <span m='90230'>sometimes.</span> <span m='90510'>I'm</span> <span m='90790'>able</span> <span m='91220'>to</span> <span m='91340'>balance</span> <span m='91540'>it</span> <span m='91750'>fine.</span> </p><p><span m='92100'>My</span> <span m='92190'>kids</span> <span m='92550'>know,</span> <span m='92790'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='93070'>comes</span> <span m='93350'>first.</span> <span m='94480'>And</span> <span m='94630'>they</span> <span m='94920'>often</span> <span m='95190'>say,</span> <span m='96600'>my</span> <span m='96720'>mom is</span> <span m='97140'>helping</span> <span m='98320'>someone</span> <span m='98650'>with</span> <span m='98960'>breastfeeding,</span> <span m='99210'>like</span> <span m='99550'>if</span> <span m='99650'>they</span> <span m='100000'>call</span> <span m='100390'>during</span> <span m='100540'>dinnertime</span> <span m='101230'>or</span> <span m='101300'>something</span> <span m='101670'>like</span> <span m='101900'>that.</span> <span m='102770'>So</span> <span m='102980'>it's</span> <span m='103150'>hard</span> <span m='103410'>to</span> <span m='103510'>really</span> <span m='103730'>balance</span> <span m='104190'>it</span> <span m='104300'>out,</span> <span m='104540'>but</span> <span m='104720'>it's</span> <span m='104940'>very</span> <span m='105190'>enjoyable.</span> </p><p><span m='106574'>Honestly,</span> <span m='108110'>the</span> <span m='108260'>job</span> <span m='108610'>availability</span> <span m='109220'>is</span> <span m='109330'>increasing.</span> <span m='110070'>So</span> <span m='110530'>the</span> <span m='110650'>more</span> <span m='111020'>that</span> <span m='111750'>people</span> <span m='112030'>are</span> <span m='112110'>becoming</span> <span m='112560'>aware</span> <span m='113000'>of</span> <span m='113070'>the</span> <span m='113140'>importance</span> <span m='113580'>of</span> <span m='113660'>breastfeeding,</span> <span m='114400'>hospitals,</span> <span m='115220'>community</span> <span m='115640'>clinics,</span> <span m='116960'>public</span> <span m='117280'>health</span> <span m='117500'>programs,</span> <span m='118280'>jobs</span> <span m='118600'>have</span> <span m='118720'>been</span> <span m='118930'>created.</span> <span m='119720'>So</span> <span m='120000'>I</span> <span m='120290'>foresee</span> <span m='120720'>in the</span> <span m='120770'>future</span> <span m='121130'>that</span> <span m='121320'>there</span> <span m='121430'>will</span> <span m='121550'>be</span> <span m='121680'>a</span> <span m='121730'>great</span> <span m='121980'>job</span> <span m='122210'>market</span> <span m='122520'>for</span> <span m='122650'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='123590'>counselors</span> <span m='123970'>as</span> <span m='124200'>well</span> <span m='124510'>as</span> <span m='124610'>lactation</span> <span m='124910'>consultants.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272790,"video_id":"2698606036001","name":"72210832","duration":126357,"thumbnail_url":null}});