Anyone have dedicated NI lactation consultants?

  1. Does anyone have one? I have recently decided to pursue IBCLC. I'm super excited!

    I'd love to concentrate my work in the NICU. Perhaps even do some research in that area as well.
    Does anyone have a dedicated lactation consultant for the NICU? have you found it has helped with breastfeeding success in the NICU?
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    About UTVOL3

    Joined: May '03; Posts: 268; Likes: 158
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in NICU, adult med-tele


  3. by   NICU_babyRN
    My unit has 9 boob ladies. I love them but I loathe them. feel like they brainwash our moms and make them think formula is evil and then the moms who really have NO SUPPLY end up feeling all guilty. I love them bc they help us A LOT when it comes to getting moms to actually breast feed and they really support moms...but they could ease up a little bit on the pressure of having moms pump.
  4. by   UTVOL3
    I just found this! A great study from Chop~

    Health & Nutrition News - Natural Healthcare Canada
  5. by   UTVOL3
    And holy cow at 9 LC's. Are they all IBCLC? how many beds do you have?
  6. by   NeoNurseTX
    We have 2 boob ladies (and a huge unit..9...geez!). I never see them on nights but they have a rep for being pushy.
  7. by   dawngloves
    I wish! We see one on the unit once in a blue moon. We have to beg them to come to a pts bedside.
  8. by   NICU_babyRN
    We have somewhere between 35-50 babies at any given time. They are all trained but I don't know if they are all certified.
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    We have dedicated NICU LCs as well. I'm not entirely sure how many, and I've never seen one in there at night, but I know they exist.

    It is nice, because breastfeeding NICU babies, especially long-term, presents a far different set of challenges than breastfeeding a well newborn. ETA - but I'm also with NICU_babyRN...some of our LCs are a little heavy-handed with our moms too, pressuring them to pump when they can't/don't want to (which is rare, but it happens).
  10. by   rockabye
    We have at least 2 lactation consultants at our hospital which has a very large NICU. Unfortunately they serve all the mothers (OB and NICU) so they are very busy. They also only work weekdays and by appointment so sometimes it is difficult for some mothers to meet them. They are very nice and passionate about their practice and give their numbers to the moms if they have any questions later. It would be nice to have an around the clock ni lactation consultant tho.
  11. by   dpierson82
    Hey There UT, I am also a NICU RN who is studying to sit for the IBCLE. I am excited and looking forward to starting a private practice. Good luck with your exam!