Lactation Specialist

Harris County Public Health Services

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Sep 21

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist: Outreach, the Lactation Specialist provides clinical lactation support and counseling for WIC clients who are having breastfeeding problems beyond the scope of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or Nutritionist’s skill levels. The Lactation Specialist provides training to WIC employees and other health care professionals as well as outreach to the community on the benefits and management of breastfeeding to support WIC program goals.

Breastfeeding Support 

  • Follows the local agency High Risk Referral Policy and procedures for follow up with High-Risk Lactation Referrals 
  • Evaluates and consults with WIC clients experiencing problems with breastfeeding by telephone, virtual appointment, at the client’s home, in the WIC clinic, or by hospital visit 
  • Coordinates the breastfeeding client’s care and follows up with the Physician, Family, and WIC staff to assure efficient service to clients 
  • Issues specialized equipment to breastfeeding mothers for management of specific breastfeeding problems as appropriate 
  • Makes referrals for medical follow up or other services as needed 
  • Documents client’s progress in the MIS record 
  • Complies with state and local WIC policies regarding the issuance of breast pumps 
  • Serves as the Designated Breastfeeding Expert (DBE) for HCPH WIC sites 
  • Provides coverage and participates in breastfeeding support groups, prenatal and postnatal classes on various breastfeeding topics

Community Engagement 

  • Participates in activities designed to promote the “Baby Friendly” initiative in hospitals, the “Mother Friendly” initiative in workplace settings, and other community breastfeeding initiatives 
  • Conducts outreach activities to inform community groups/agencies about WIC breastfeeding services 
  • Participates on committees with internal and external partner agencies as requested

Training Responsibilities 

  • Assists with breastfeeding training to Breastfeeding Peer Counselors upon hire as well as on-going training and coaching as needed 
  • Attends Breastfeeding Peer Counselor staff meetings as scheduled throughout the year
  • Assists with breastfeeding training to WIC Professional Staff as needed 
  • Assists with technical breastfeeding support to Breastfeeding Peer Counselors or WIC Professional Staff as needed 
  • Assists with breastfeeding SME training to other sections of HCPH as requested 

Administrative Tasks 

  • Participates as a member of the WIC management team in reviewing program operation and planning Participates with WIC administrative staff in clinical audits 
  • Provides coverage in WIC sites and for the HCPH Breastfeeding Helpline as needed 
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of WIC State and Local Policies and Procedures and a good working knowledge of all aspects of WIC operation 
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of HCPH policies and procedures which would enhance services to WIC clients
  • Participates in Public Health Preparedness training and activities as assigned

Other Responsibilities 

  • Other duties as assigned including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event 


Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, nursing, or a related health science field 
  • Must be an International Board - Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Experience with Lactation Consultant or Breastfeeding promotion, support and counseling experience in public health, hospital, or private practice 
  • Basic proficiency in current editions of Windows, MS Word, and MS Outlook Special Skills
  • Employee must demonstrate a philosophy consistent with the WIC Program philosophy that breastfeeding is the optimum method of infant feeding 
  • Employee must demonstrate skills in communicating effectively with WIC clients and WIC staff regarding breastfeeding promotion and counseling 
  • Employee must be able to cooperate, and communicate directly and effectively with site supervisors, nutritionists and/or other staff members to work as a team on breastfeeding issues regarding clients and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
  • Employee must be in good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of this position. Incumbent must be able to lift children and equipment weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Transportation and a valid driver’s license (TX upon hire) are required for regular travel between WIC locations within Harris County

NOTE: To qualify for this position, required experience, education, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated in your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not useany information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.


  • Experience in WIC or other community nutrition program 
  • Previous customer service experience 
  • Previous experience in a clinical setting 
  • Experience with computer data entry and retrieval 
  • Ability to speak Spanish 

General Information


  • Houston 77027


  • 40 Hours Per Week


  • Commensurate with Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Additional Information - Core Competencies

Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission.
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust.
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.


  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.


  • Ability to adapt to change.

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Organizes and maintains a work environment to allow for maximum productivity.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Written and verbal English competency.
  • Able to read and follow directions.

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