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lactation consultants- how many hospitals have them?

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by brown rice brown rice (Member) Member

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I am intersted to know for those of you who work in hospitals or had your children in the a hospital- were/are there lactation consultants? are patients given proper/enough education on the techniques of breastfeeing and the many advantages of it (health and forming a connection to the child..).

also I was wondering if anyone knows where else lactation consultants can be found working besides the hospital setting.

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We have a lactation consultant Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. No help on the weekends. No help at night when lots of our moms turn to the bottle because they are too tired.

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renerian is a BSN, RN and specializes in MS Home Health.

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In Central Ohio hospitals they use them. I am not sure what they teach as I do not work in that department..

renerian

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We have them in our hospital. There is one in the hospital Mon-Fri 8-4. We have an LC that comes in on the weekends, but she only comes in long enough to make 1 set of rounds, then she goes home. Yeah, cause the only people that deliver on the weekends are the people that already know how to breastfeed :rolleyes:

The L&D, PP, and NICU nurses all have experience with breastfeeding, but they focus on us PP nurses. They send us to alot of seminars, and shadowing an LC for a couple of days is part of our orientation.

They are a wonderful asset to our unit and our patients, I just wish there were more of them. Or at least more predictable evening and weekend coverage.

BTW, I'm in NW Ohio.

Heather

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Same here: Monday to Friday 9-5. They are a great resource, but can be a bit overbearing at times, so I don't use them for moms who are on the fence.

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My hospital has them, and I don't know their hours but one did visit w/me when I delivered on the weekend. I was able to make appointments to see them twice when my son was a few weeks old. They were wonderful--really helped me to overcome some latching on techniques that were causing pain.

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I am starting to work toward becoming one! I don't know of any in my neck of the woods. I would be willing to be on call weekend days. I just could never be available 24/7 with young children and a husband that works nights and weekends.

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OBNurseHeather

I wish we got the training you guys do in Breast Freeding. There is one or two nurses who are really good at helping moms breast feed. The rest of us have knowledge but not enough to help those with real trouble.

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:cool: Great question! Most (if not all ) hospitals in the major cities of the Pacific NW have IBCLCs (the only truly certified, internationally recognized Lactation Consultants). Also, in my city, some IBCLC's have their own "practices", others work for OB/GYN offices, and some WIC clinics in our state even have them on staff. Our Public Health even has one on staff as the Program Coordinator of Healthy Start, a program to suppport all first-time parents. At the WIC clinic where I am employed, most of us are highly trained in breastfeeding education and two of my co-workers actually took the IBCLC exam this summer and are awaiting results (one is an RN, who used to be a PHN, the other is a layperson with a BA)

Anyhow, I think IBCLCs are extremely helpful to clients that have severe problems and/or FTT babies and I would really hope that ESPECIALLY those who are "on the fence" were referred for general education purposes. We can't expect people to make a good decision if they don't have the information to do it.

:D Good luck with whatever you do in lactation!

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NurseDianne specializes in Hospice, PEDS, MS, Surgical.

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:D We call in the Visiting Nurse from the Local County Health Dept. She is oncall on the weekends also. Usually we show films, offer assistance best we can and hang in there until she comes in.

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SmilingBluEyes has 20 years experience.

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We have one, too bad she is not available for us on Noc/weekends ... She works strictly Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.....but she is wonderful!. We do give out her card to our new mommies and she does telephone followup w/them. We do all we can to get the moms on their way BFing and only refer them to the lactation consultant if there are major problems impeding their success. She is a great resource person for severe lactation problems we cannot solve.

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Boy, did this one hit a nerve for me!!

Before I had my first child, I read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on about breastfeeding. To make a long story short, I had all kinds of problems and every nurse had different advice that conflicted with the nurse's advice before her. The LC didn't see me until two days later and noticed my son was tongue-tied (tongue attached to gumline via small extra frenulum).

Due to the blisters and bruises I received, I had to pump for several weeks and eventually had to go to formula since my son got too used to the bottle to latch on properly.

What I don't get is why LCs are not more available. Breastfeeding is NOT easy at first and the nurses on my PP unit, thought wonderful, were all lacking in sufficient knowledge about correct techniques.

Did I actually read that one particular LC works 10am-2pm M-F????10AM-2PM ..........please!

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