Lactation specialty and MSN degrees

  1. What advanced practice nursing degree would be most appropriate for someone interested in lactation. I am working on my IBCLC, but I also want to pursue a msn in the near future.

    thanks!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hmm....good question. Perhaps ask in the midwife forum?
  4. by   Simplyroses
    You could go for Women's Health Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife or Family Nurse Practitioner. It just depends upon where you want to expand your scope of practice.
  5. by   samra007
    Peds ! I work in a pediatric clinic (not an RN) and was able to achieve board certification from all the lactation counseling I did. The Pediatric NPs where I work utilize me often due to their limited lactation knowledge base. Where there are babies and breastfeeding moms, is where you will get your experience. Hope that helps )
  6. by   RNIBCLC
    I am an IBCLC and have a masters in nursing education. Health care providers are often sorely lacking in EB knowledge about human lactation. I teach staff and physicians about lactation and how to support their patients. I also teach at the nursing schools.
    Its something to consider. You should also consider focusing on maternity/newborn areas to advance your skills.

    Good Luck
  7. by   cfcgogo
    I am struggling with the same issue! Union Institute & University offers a M.A. in Health & Wellness with a specialization in Lactation Consulting. But where I work acute care facilities do not recognize this degree. They only recognize MSN's. It's very frustrating. The only other solution I have found is to go the route of a degree in the field of Nutrition but that is not really the focus I am seeking. If/when the (IMHO absurd) requirement that nurse midwives have DNP's comes to pass, I am betting that, in short order, there will be MSN degrees targeted at in-patient obstetrical care. Maybe some will allow for a concentration in Lactation. Anyone else thinking along the same lines?

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