Interviewing for A Job as A Lactation Consultant « Allied Health World Blog

Interviewing for A Job as A Lactation Consultant

A lactation consultant is a person who is trained to help with the needs and concerns of breastfeeding mothers. A lactation consultant can provide a nursing mother useful information on how to prevent, recognize and solve any breast feeding struggles. Most lactation consultants are available to help mothers while they are still in the hospital with their new born infant. This first interaction between mother, infant and lactation consultant can help to prevent or reduce problems with breastfeeding. This career has grown significantly over the years and is a valuable resource to the community. If you are interested in applying for a job as a lactation consultant here are a few important tips to help you succeed in your interview.

-Research the position and determine what is required. Do you need any special skills, or work experience? Most employers require that you have experience working with mothers and babies. You will likely need to be certified by the IBLCE.

-Research the organization and be familiar with its needs. Are you applying to a clinic, medical office, small or large hospital? How many deliveries does it have each year? Does it have an established lactation service?

-Know your strengths and weaknesses. Be prepared to share your goals, personal accomplishments, experience and work ethic.

-Make a good first impression. How you look can affect what the employer thinks of you. Dress professionally. Be on-time. Have a pleasant personality, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Employers are turned off by applicants that appear to be arrogant, prideful or poor team players.