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Lactation Consultant

A Lactation Consultant helps new mothers breastfeed their babies and solve any problems that may come up.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You can work for a hospital or for yourself, become an advocate for breastfeeding, design breastfeeding programs or teach continuing education classes.
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What you’ll do


You’ll advise patients on successful breastfeeding and breast pump practices.


You’ll teach people about the importance of breastfeeding and hold classes for expectant mothers.


You’ll help patients who are suffering from postpartum depression.

Where you'll work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
How to become a Lactation Consultant


Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), taking elective courses in neonatal nursing.


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience in Labor and Delivery and Neonatal nursing.


Get your Lactation Consultant Board Certification from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.


You’re ready to work as a Lactation Consultant.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Lactation Consultant organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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