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How much does a lactation consultant make?

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Although we do this work because we love what we do and know it makes a difference in the health of mothers and babies we serve, most of us can’t be volunteers.  We want to provide expert lactation support, while we make our car payments, rent or mortgage, and buy food too. 

Many lactation consultants are employed in hospitals, where salary ranges are similar to those of Registered Nurses.  Others work in physician’s practices, WIC or public health clinics where salaries may be a bit lower.  Others start a private practice.   This is very driven by your local area and salary scales.  It also depends on the availability of lactation consultants in the area.  Are there open jobs or are there very few opportunities?

Those who also have a credential as a registered nurse will find the easiest to find a job in a hospital. Some hospitals require the lactation consultants they hire are also RN's, although non-nurses are sometimes also hired in certain hospitals.  Other employment opportunities may not have the RN requirement.

Many lactation consultants choose to work part time to meet their other obligations at home.  Others may work two part-time jobs in order to find full employment.

These websites can provide some data on salaries across the nation.

http://work.chron.com/lactation-specialist-make-21656.html

http://www1.salary.com/Lactation-Consultant-Salaries.html

Vergie Hughes has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, post-partum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management. Ms. Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1985. At Georgetown University Hospital, she was the director of the Human Milk Bank. She created and developed the National Capitol Lactation Center and the one week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained more than 4,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception in 1990.


She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, and operated her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Lactation Education Resources On-Line is her website, offering training to professionals and information to parents as well. Ms. Hughes has served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has served on the IBLCE exam writing committee. Her first love is teaching and that is exemplified by the creativity of the courses she has developed. A series of courses “The In-patient Breastfeeding Specialist,” "The Out-patient Breastfeeding Specialist” and “The NICU Breastfeeding Specialist” are all designed to advance the lactation management skills of nurses at the bedside. She regularly teaches skills to labor and delivery nurses and just recently developed the course “Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding.”


Ms. Hughes is the program director and content manager for all of the on-line Lactation Education Resources courses. Ms. Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” as Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).

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