Lactation Consultant

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Recruitment #120318-MXDG01-350500

Summary Statement

The incumbent in this serves as a Delaware WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC) in Northern Health Services.  Duties include: giving basic breastfeeding information to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, helping to foster a positive breastfeeding experience while providing encouragement from pregnancy through delivery and discharge.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every job duty for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, home visit, in the WIC clinic or other available means at intervals determined by WIC State Agency.
  • Receives a caseload of WIC clients and makes routine periodic contacts with all clients assigned.
  • Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers including the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers and how to get off to a good start as well as how to prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.
  • Respects each client by keeping her information strictly confidential.
  • Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC clients and maintains appropriate documentation in a near, orderly and timely manner.
  • Refers mothers, according to clinic-established protocols to the: WIC Nutritionist, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, Lactation Consultant, Mother’s healthcare provider, Public Health programs and social service agencies.
  • Attends and assists with prenatal classes and new mother groups. 
  • Attends scheduled staff meetings and conferences/workshops as appropriate.
  • Reads assigned materials provided by supervisor.
  • Identifies and attempts to overcome barriers to breastfeeding among WIC participants.
  • Assists WIC staff in breastfeeding and peer counseling promotion as assigned.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Lactation Consultant

Attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

  1. Four months experience in breastfeeding at least one child.
  2. Read, write and speak Spanish and English fluently.   
  3. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements. 

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