The Infant Nutrition Counselor provides lactation and breastfeeding information, support and referrals to women participating in the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.
This class is distinguished from the:
Health Assistant class which provides routine assessment, patient education, and/or assistance and technical support in one or more public health programs.
Provides basic lactation and breastfeeding information and support, to include the advantages of breastfeeding, the risks of formula feeding and the nutritional needs of nursing women and infants, to pregnant and postpartum mothers both over the telephone, electronically and in person.
Provides one-on-one support to, teaches classes to, and facilitates support groups of breastfeeding women and assists them in preventing and resolving common breastfeeding problems and concerns.
Provides instructions in the use of breast pumps.
Monitors weight and health of the baby.
Refers clients with problems outside the scope of the counselor’s work to her supervisor or to an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor.
Contacts assigned clients according to unit guidelines.
Meets program goals for client contacts.
Maintains client confidentiality.
Documents all client contacts in designated database and/or in written reports.
Attends team meetings, training and education sessions, mandatory trainings, staff meetings, breastfeeding conferences, etc. as directed or as assigned.
Reads assigned books and other materials on breastfeeding.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Advantages of breastfeeding and risks of formula feeding
Common breastfeeding problems and concerns
Nutritional needs of infants and nursing women
Motivating clients to breastfeed their infants
Teaching classes on breastfeeding and lactation
Facilitating support groups of breastfeeding mothers
Keeping accurate records and making clear, concise reports
Communicating with individuals in a culturally diverse, low-income population
Establishing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work demonstrating tact, diplomacy, patience, and compassion
Data entry, word processing, texting
Education and Experience
Six months experience of breastfeeding an infant.
Driver’s License Class C
Positions in this class typically require stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motion.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
May require contact with clients outside of normal duty hours
Independent travel required
In accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements, all persons appointed to this class are required to attend and pass a 25 hour course titled Loving Support through Peer Counseling provided by the Department of Agriculture within 60 days of appointment to this class. Failure to successfully complete the training may be cause for disciplinary action.
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