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BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR: Having A Child Changed Her Life And Career Path

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DeJuana works providing support to new moms trying to breastfeed.
She shares her story about being a lactation consultant, how she got into this field and provides advice for those contemplating getting into this field.

Degree: Architecture
Job Title: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor / Lactation Consultant
Employer: Alameda County WIC Program

Job Summary: Healthcare Social Workers

Job Description

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='16460'>East</span> <span m='16740'>and</span> <span m='16950'>West</span> <span m='17240'>Oakland</span> <span m='17660'>Health</span> <span m='17950'>Care</span> <span m='18160'>Centers.</span> <span m='19360'>Some</span> <span m='19390'>days</span> <span m='19630'>it's</span> <span m='19830'>very</span> <span m='20080'>busy</span> <span m='20640'>providing</span> <span m='21160'>support</span> <span m='21590'>for</span> <span m='21760'>moms</span> <span m='22300'>and</span> <span m='22430'>answering</span> <span m='22820'>questions</span> <span m='23430'>and</span> <span m='23910'>doing</span> <span m='24150'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='24720'>education</span> <span m='25730'>and</span> <span m='26000'>addressing</span> <span m='26850'>lactation</span> <span m='27460'>concerns.</span> <span m='28950'>Well,</span> <span m='29050'>originally,</span> <span m='29480'>I</span> <span m='29520'>wanted</span> <span m='29840'>to</span> <span m='29890'>be</span> <span m='30070'>an</span> <span m='30160'>architect.</span> <span m='31500'>I</span> <span m='31800'>had</span> <span m='32150'>gone</span> <span m='32390'>to</span> <span m='32520'>college.</span> <span m='33110'>And</span> <span m='33440'>I had</span> <span m='33710'>got</span> <span m='33970'>a</span> <span m='34290'>degree</span> <span m='34610'>in</span> <span m='34740'>art</span> <span m='35020'>with an</span> <span m='35430'>emphasis in</span> <span m='35820'>architecture</span> <span m='36500'>and</span> <span m='36660'>had</span> <span m='36890'>planned</span> <span m='37190'>to</span> <span m='37240'>go</span> <span m='37380'>to</span> <span m='37450'>school</span> <span m='38740'>and</span> <span m='39460'>finish</span> <span m='40250'>a</span> <span m='40360'>masters.</span> </p><p><span m='41180'>And</span> <span m='41500'>then</span> <span m='41660'>I</span> <span m='41720'>had</span> <span m='41940'>a</span> <span m='41980'>baby.</span> <span m='43390'>And</span> <span m='43660'>when</span> <span m='43840'>I</span> <span m='43930'>had</span> <span m='44190'>him,</span> <span m='44870'>as</span> <span m='45190'>with</span> <span m='45410'>most</span> <span m='46930'>babies,</span> <span m='48180'>it</span> <span m='48290'>was</span> <span m='48420'>a</span> <span m='48470'>life-changing</span> <span m='49190'>experience.</span> <span m='50850'>And</span> <span m='51570'>so</span> <span m='51810'>I</span> <span m='52280'>didn't</span> <span m='52530'>end</span> <span m='52740'>up</span> <span m='52910'>going</span> <span m='53480'>back</span> <span m='53770'>to</span> <span m='53890'>school</span> <span m='54290'>to</span> <span m='54470'>be</span> <span m='54620'>an</span> <span m='54700'>architect.</span> <span m='55310'>I</span> <span m='55550'>was</span> <span m='55770'>a</span> <span m='55860'>new</span> <span m='56000'>mom.</span> </p><p><span m='56970'>And</span> <span m='57480'>in</span> <span m='58010'>the</span> <span m='58210'>beginning,</span> <span m='58830'>my</span> <span m='58940'>first</span> <span m='59280'>son,</span> <span m='59470'>I</span> <span m='59550'>didn't</span> <span m='59770'>have</span> <span m='60060'>any</span> <span m='60370'>support.</span> <span m='60950'>But</span> <span m='61090'>I</span> <span m='61150'>nursed</span> <span m='61490'>him</span> <span m='61690'>for a</span> <span m='61920'>year.</span> <span m='62810'>And</span> <span m='62920'>it</span> <span m='62960'>was</span> <span m='63100'>very</span> <span m='63310'>difficult.</span> <span m='64569'>And</span> <span m='64660'>then</span> <span m='64870'>after</span> <span m='65160'>he</span> <span m='65319'>got</span> <span m='66320'>older</span> <span m='66980'>and</span> <span m='67370'>I</span> <span m='68810'>decided</span> <span m='69370'>I</span> <span m='69450'>was</span> <span m='69730'>going</span> <span m='69960'>to</span> <span m='70010'>go</span> <span m='70170'>back</span> <span m='70460'>to</span> <span m='70570'>work,</span> <span m='70930'>I</span> <span m='71120'>had</span> <span m='71370'>another</span> <span m='71650'>baby</span> <span m='72240'>who</span> <span m='72420'>did</span> <span m='72610'>the</span> <span m='72710'>same</span> <span m='73010'>thing.</span> <span m='73630'>He</span> <span m='73730'>basically</span> <span m='74270'>changed</span> <span m='74880'>my</span> <span m='75250'>life</span> <span m='75860'>again.</span> <span m='76830'>And</span> <span m='77050'>I</span> <span m='77130'>realized</span> <span m='77930'>that</span> <span m='78250'>in</span> <span m='78410'>our</span> <span m='78550'>community</span> <span m='78935'>that</span> <span m='79320'>there</span> <span m='79620'>wasn't,</span> <span m='80200'>at</span> <span m='80370'>the</span> <span m='80470'>time,</span> <span m='80890'>a</span> <span m='80930'>lot</span> <span m='81190'>of</span> <span m='81280'>support</span> <span m='81860'>for</span> <span m='82030'>moms</span> <span m='83240'>that</span> <span m='84230'>were</span> <span m='84400'>nursing.</span> </p><p><span m='85130'>And</span> <span m='86280'>I</span> <span m='86920'>was</span> <span m='87100'>a</span> <span m='87150'>member</span> <span m='87520'>of</span> <span m='87750'>the</span> <span m='87860'>WIC</span> <span m='88140'>program</span> <span m='89040'>and</span> <span m='90130'>was</span> <span m='90300'>approached</span> <span m='90860'>by</span> <span m='91200'>one</span> <span m='91560'>of</span> <span m='91720'>the</span> <span m='91860'>ladies</span> <span m='92240'>who</span> <span m='92400'>was,</span> <span m='92580'>at</span> <span m='92770'>that</span> <span m='92970'>time,</span> <span m='93590'>the</span> <span m='93690'>breastfeeding</span> <span m='93990'>coordinator</span> <span m='95360'>and</span> <span m='95630'>asked</span> <span m='96130'>if</span> <span m='96420'>I</span> <span m='96570'>would be</span> <span m='96890'>interested</span> <span m='97580'>in</span> <span m='97820'>pursuing</span> <span m='99040'>a</span> <span m='99420'>peer</span> <span m='99680'>counseling</span> <span m='100160'>position.</span> <span m='101480'>And</span> <span m='102750'>in</span> <span m='102970'>that</span> <span m='103260'>capacity,</span> <span m='103900'>what</span> <span m='104120'>I</span> <span m='104220'>would</span> <span m='104430'>do</span> <span m='104690'>is</span> <span m='105210'>basically</span> <span m='105750'>make</span> <span m='105970'>a</span> <span m='105990'>phone</span> <span m='106210'>call</span> <span m='106460'>from</span> <span m='106630'>moms</span> <span m='107050'>from</span> <span m='107427'>home.</span> <span m='108560'>And,</span> <span m='109850'>suddenly,</span> <span m='110430'>it</span> <span m='110620'>became</span> <span m='111220'>a</span> <span m='111490'>brand</span> <span m='111840'>new</span> <span m='112010'>career.</span> </p><p><span m='112690'>The</span> <span m='112945'>advice</span> <span m='113200'>I'd</span> <span m='113330'>give</span> <span m='113510'>to</span> <span m='113640'>someone</span> <span m='113970'>who</span> <span m='114140'>wanted</span> <span m='114430'>to</span> <span m='114500'>be</span> <span m='114710'>a</span> <span m='114770'>lactation</span> <span m='115440'>consultant</span> <span m='116520'>would</span> <span m='116950'>be</span> <span m='117370'>to</span> <span m='118580'>really</span> <span m='119180'>study</span> <span m='119870'>hard</span> <span m='121430'>for</span> <span m='121650'>the</span> <span m='121750'>exam.</span> <span m='122685'>It's a</span> <span m='123080'>very</span> <span m='123230'>difficult</span> <span m='123720'>test.</span> <span m='124810'>But</span> <span m='125570'>once</span> <span m='125850'>you've</span> <span m='125980'>passed</span> <span m='126340'>the</span> <span m='126460'>test,</span> <span m='126750'>then you</span> <span m='127095'>have all</span> <span m='127440'>the</span> <span m='127550'>time</span> <span m='127880'>in</span> <span m='127950'>the</span> <span m='128039'>world</span> <span m='128650'>to</span> <span m='128789'>concentrate</span> <span m='129889'>on</span> <span m='130610'>the</span> <span m='130759'>ins</span> <span m='131100'>and</span> <span m='131200'>outs</span> <span m='131830'>of</span> <span m='132260'>being</span> <span m='132600'>a</span> <span m='132660'>lactation</span> <span m='133390'>consultant.</span> </p><p><span m='134030'>I</span> <span m='134200'>mean,</span> <span m='135280'>there's</span> <span m='135720'>a</span> <span m='135810'>lot</span> <span m='136280'>of</span> <span m='136980'>new</span> <span m='137250'>things</span> <span m='137660'>to</span> <span m='137760'>learn.</span> <span m='138460'>And</span> <span m='138730'>I</span> <span m='138800'>think</span> <span m='139490'>people</span> <span m='139760'>get</span> <span m='140000'>caught</span> <span m='140300'>up</span> <span m='140680'>in</span> <span m='141190'>dealing</span> <span m='141630'>with</span> <span m='141840'>the</span> <span m='142060'>actual</span> <span m='144000'>days</span> <span m='144950'>in</span> <span m='145150'>and</span> <span m='145260'>out</span> <span m='145930'>of</span> <span m='146220'>what</span> <span m='146450'>needs</span> <span m='146760'>to</span> <span m='146810'>be</span> <span m='146990'>done.</span> <span m='147860'>And</span> <span m='147880'>I</span> <span m='147950'>think</span> <span m='148290'>that</span> <span m='149470'>a</span> <span m='149550'>lot</span> <span m='149760'>of</span> <span m='149840'>times</span> <span m='150240'>just</span> <span m='150520'>getting</span> <span m='150830'>past</span> <span m='151370'>that</span> <span m='151760'>initial</span> <span m='152260'>part</span> <span m='153780'>is</span> <span m='153980'>the</span> <span m='154050'>hardest</span> <span m='154620'>part.</span> <span m='155500'>And</span> <span m='155670'>everything</span> <span m='156090'>else,</span> <span m='157105'>it's</span> <span m='157370'>not</span> <span m='157620'>easy,</span> <span m='158410'>but</span> <span m='158600'>it</span> <span m='158840'>definitely</span> <span m='159490'>is</span> <span m='160230'>valuable.</span> <span m='160680'>It's</span> <span m='161060'>definitely</span> <span m='161260'>worth</span> <span m='161560'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":276861,"video_id":"2708281626001","name":"72768081","duration":162410,"thumbnail_url":null}});