Lactation Consultant Salary

Lactation Consultant Salary

Lactation consultants help expectant and new mothers learn about the benefits of nursing their children. They may also teach mothers how to properly hold a baby while nursing, answer any questions about the procedure or help with problems that mothers may experience while nursing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have information about this career on their website so salary information may be difficult to pinpoint. Registered nurses and registered dietitians may double as lactation consultants, so their salary information may help as a baseline.

Job TitleBottom 10% Annual WageAnnual Median WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Dietitians and Nutritionists - U.S.$33,980$55,920$78,720
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Is it difficult to find a job in this field?

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) says that some lactation consultants may find that they have their hours cut of face jobs cuts due to fluctuations in hospital budgets. Having a license as a registered nurse or a registered dietitian may help curb this occurrence as you will have other responsibilities to perform but that is no guarantee.

Job TitleProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Dietitians and Nutritionists - U.S.21%
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Is there room for advancement in this field?

Advancement as a lactation consultant may be limited. You might be able to move into a management position in a hospital or care facility. If you hold a license as a registered nurse or a registered dietitian you might have more opportunities for advancement.

Are there any licensing requirements for this field?

The International Board of Lactation Consultants is the only accrediting body for lactation consultants. Once you have completed a degree program you can apply to take an exam in order to earn the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant designation so that you may practice. Please visit the ILCA website for more information.

Sources:
International Lactation Consultant Association,
http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners,
http://iblce.org/

Breastfeeding and Lactation, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
http://www.chop.edu/service/breastfeeding-and-lactation/lactation-consultant.html

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