The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice: The ABCs of Getting Started

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2003 - Medical - 361 pages
So, you think you want to be a lactation consultant, open a private practice, and earn a good living by helping mothers and babies breastfeed? This is the book for you! The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice: The ABCs of Getting Started by Linda J. Smith is a user-friendly orientation and guide to the lactation consultant profession for those interested in running a full-time, profitable, and long-term lactation consultant practice. Author Linda J. Smith presents her original "ABC" sequential format of essential skills necessary to start a successful practice in three balanced sections: Attitude, Business Skills, and Clinical Skills. Each section begins with an overview, contains a "pitfalls and problems" chapter and two examples of successful private practices from around the world.
 

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Contents

A PART
1
Role Clarification
10
Becoming a Lactation Consultant
20
Pitfalls Related to Attitudes
26
Advocacy for Breastfeeding
34
PART
53
Holdovers from Volunteer Work or How to Avoid Giving Away
167
Managing the Clinical Aspects of Private Practice
183
Form Relationships with MotherSupport Groups
224
Appendix A Professional Documents
259
Appendix B Educational Resources
283
Clinical Forms and Handouts
317
Sample Reports to Physicians
328
Appendix E Sources for Supplies and Equipment
340
Appendix G Client Satisfaction Survey
346
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Professional Responsibilities Revisited
214

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Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, FACCE, FILCA is currently Adjunct Instructor in the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She is also the Owner/Director of Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre in Dayton, OH. Linda's 40-year career in women's health advocacy and support began as a physical education teacher and extends into her practice as lactation consultant, childbirth educator, and public speaker. She is the author of 4 professional textbooks on birth and breastfeeding and co-author of Sweet Sleep by La Leche League International. She has lectured in 19 countries; her presentations have been translated into 12 languages including Chinese, Russian and Inuktitut. She has presented her key research areas to international health experts at the World Health Organization meetings. Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and her Lactation Consultant Exam Preparation Course is the longest-running of its kind and the first to be based on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint. Linda Smith obtained her MPH from Wright State University and her BSE from the State University of New York at Cortland in physical education. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), and a La Leche League International Accredited Leader. She holds or has held leadership positions in the American Public Health Association (APHA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), the American Breastfeeding Institute (ABI), the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Linda serves as ILCA's liaison to the World Health Organization's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and as a consultant to Baby-Friendly USA and INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. She has been an expert reviewer on several documents published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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