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Lactation Assistant

Job ID 2019-13761 Location Paterson, New Jersey Shift Regular Part-Time

Overview

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Systemis recognized for the expertise and compassion of its highly skilled and responsive staff. The combined efforts of the organization’s outstanding physicians, superb nurses, and dedicated clinical and professional staff have made us one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the state, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care”.

Job Overview

Work under supervision of supervisor to provide support and education about breastfeeding to pregnant and breastfeeding WIC participants. Works collaboratively with nutrition staff to encourage and promote breastfeeding. Maintains all documentation and records as required.

Responsibilities

Provides breastfeeding education to all pregnant WIC participants. Provides support and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers at new-baby visits. Facilitates group breastfeeding classes for pregnant women. Provides regular telephone follow-up to new mothers. Provides encouragement, answers questions, etc. Refers all pregnant or nursing WIC participants with more complicated issues to lactation supervisor. Doesn't exceed limits of expertise in counseling. Documents all contacts with participants. Maintains necessary statistics and submit data for monthly reports. Visits new mothers who are WIC participants on maternity unit. Provides encouragement and information. Organizes support groups for breastfeeding mothers. Participated in the planning of special events such as WBW, for WIC participants. Participate in mandatory trainings. Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned. Special Projects

Qualifications

Work requires a High School diploma or equivalent and less than one year of previous work related experience. Breastfeeding mother, current or past. WIC participant, current or past. Must attend mandatory peer counselor training which will be provided and have a passing grade.

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