What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Works with new mothers to teach them how to feed their babies and manage breastfeeding issues. Provides clinical help and emotional support for breast-feeding mothers. Advises mothers on feeding schedules; helps with babies that have slow weight gain.
There were 112 Lactation Consultant job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2404 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Health Educator / Coach industry, which includes the Lactation Consultant career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Lactation Consultant jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,656.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,166.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Lactation Consultant postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $62,309.
Education and Experience
Posted Lactation Consultant jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Lactation Consultant jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||63%|
|3 to 5 years||34%|
|6 to 8 years||1%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Lactation Consultant positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (27%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)
- Planning (23%)
- Research (22%)
- Critical Thinking (11%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Patient Care (38%)
- Life Support (32%)
- Teaching (28%)
- Treatment Planning (20%)
- Patient/Family Education and Instruction (15%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (14%)
- Clinical Experience (10%)
- Pediatrics (9%)
- Acute Care (8%)
- Program Development (8%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Childbirth (7%)
- Discharge Planning (6%)
- Health Education (4%)
- Maternal Child Health (4%)
- Infant Feeding (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Critical Care (1%) – marginal value $12,968
- Infant Feeding (4%) – marginal value $6,526
- Patient Care (38%) – marginal value $5,787
- Neonatal Intensive Care (2%) – marginal value $4,841
- Interaction with Patients / Medical Personnel (4%) – marginal value $4,776
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Lactation Consultant skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Lactation Consultant Registered Nurse
- Registered Nurse Lactation Consultant
- Lactation Specialist
- Lactation Consultant Prn
Here are the employers that have posted the most Lactation Consultant jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Hospital Corporation of America (124)
- Sutter Health (53)
- Medical City Dallas Limited (41)
- Uc Health (39)
- St. David's Healthcare (34)
- Atrium Health Navicent (13)
- Wakemed (12)
- Atrium Health (11)
- Duke University (11)
- Novant Health (10)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
All wages, job posting statistics, employment trend projections, and information about skill desirability on this page represents historical data and does not guarantee future conditions. Data is provided by and downloaded regularly from Lightcast. For more information about how Lightcast gathers data and what it represents, see Lightcast Data: Basic Overview on Lightcast's Knowledge Base website.