Our Lactation Educator provides education, counseling, and supporting families and the community by providing evidence based information about lactation and breastfeeding.
Meet with our Lactation Educator for an in home – 2 hour – meeting that will include latch assessment, tips and suggestions for a successful breastfeeding relationship, assistance with breastfeeding difficulties, and a follow-up phone consultation within 48 hours of your visit.
Our support includes non-biased focused information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education to their communities, which includes families and professionals
- Provide culturally sensitive and adult based education
- Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
- Help families understand their rights according to current healthcare policy and legal statues
- Advise parents on how to maintain lactation when they are separated from their infant, which includes information on hand expression and the usage of breast pumps
- Offer continual support for families during the weaning process and beyond as it pertains to breastfeeding
- Educate, support and offer referrals to mothers who need to supplement or find that breastfeeding must be halted due to medical and/or personal reasons
A Lactation Educator is not a clinician and therefore does not:
- Take a medical history or take medical notes on their clients.
- Provide clinical written histories to healthcare workers (as they do not take clinical notes)
- Give clinical assessment of the mother’s breasts, the baby’s mouth, or the dyad’s dysfunctional latch
- Use pre and post lacteal weight checks for assessment
- Prescribe the use of medical devices including but not limited to nipple shields, supplemental nursing systems, and topical ointments
More information about support from a Lactation Educator:
- Lactation Educators work with families from preconception through the stage of weaning offering education, encouragement, counseling, an experienced point of view, and fostering confidence, and a commitment to breastfeeding. Lactation Educators can be found working in a variety of settings to offer their services to families. Families can find them working as public health educators, WIC peer counselors, hospital/community educators, pediatric support professionals, and in private practice as educators.
- Lactation educators are educators and counselors, not clinicians. Therefore Lactation Educators work within the healthcare system by offering appropriate referrals when their observance or counseling uncovers situations that require health care attention or support.