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Breastfeeding Specialist

A Breastfeeding Specialist holds the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential issued by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, which enables the IBCLC to handle complex breastfeeding problems and provide education and encouragement to pregnant and breastfeeding WIC mothers.

This application CLOSED on January 4, 2021.

Breastfeeding Specialist

Qualifications

  • Holds current IBCLC credential.
  • Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
  • Has demonstrated leadership, training, and communication skills.
  • Can work up to 20 hours per week.
  • Is willing to work from home.
  • Has internet access and email address.

Supervision

The Breastfeeding Specialist is hired and supervised by Growing Up Together. Technical assistance is provided by the South Dakota Department of Health WIC Program Breastfeeding Coordinator and local WIC office.


Specific Duties

  • Receives referrals from peer counselors and WIC Staff of mothers experiencing complex maternal and infant breastfeeding problems beyond their scope of practice.
  • Assesses breastfeeding situations and provides counseling to WIC participants. Provides timely follow-up services to WIC participant by providing evidence-based information.
  • Uses Zendesk, an online tracking and communication software, to communicate by text, phone, email and Zoom. May meet in person with participants at local WIC offices.
  • Counsel non-English speaking participants using an interpreter, if unable to speak the language.
  • Provide expertise to assist Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in new and challenging cases.
  • Be available outside usual 8am to 5pm office hours including nights and weekends.
  • Follows the IBCLC Scope of Practice as issued by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
  • Makes referrals to health professionals with medical concerns beyond the IBCLC Scope of Practice.
  • Respects each participant by keeping her information strictly confidential.
  • Keep accurate records of all contacts made with WIC participants.
  • Provides initial and ongoing breastfeeding training for peer counselors and WIC staff.
  • Attend and assist with breastfeeding classes and/or support groups.
  • Attend and actively participate in initial and ongoing trainings including:
    • Initial peer counselor training using “Loving Support Through Peer Counseling” curriculum to better understand peer counselor scope of practice
    • Breastfeeding workshops, presentations, and conferences offered by the SD Department of Health WIC Program
    • Annual South Dakota Department of Health HIPAA trainings
    • Monthly virtual meetings

Need help applying for this position? Contact WIC at 605-598-6277, or Growing Up Together at 605-280-1968.