Sharp HealthCare Lactation Consultant in San Diego, California


The Lactation Consultant provides consulting services to patient and family that progresses them towards self-identified and individualized breastfeeding goals. The consultant utilizes the nursing process in the approach to care of patients to promote quality breastfeeding/lactation outcomes.

Lactation services are provided primarily on an inpatient basis to a very busy 72 bed mother -baby unit (MIS) and a fast-paced 84 bed NICU. This position will practice primarily on the MIS unit and float occasionally to the NICU. In addition to a high functioning lactation team, SMBHWN has a New Beginnings Boutique, staffed by Certified Lactation Educators, to provide retail accessories, basic education and several support groups to promote a successful breastfeeding experience for expectant and new parents.

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns is a nationally recognized, full-service Women's Hospital with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year and is part of the Sharp HealthCare system, which won the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Located in San Diego, it is nationally recognized for its care of expectant mothers and delivering babies, as well as its Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – the largest in Southern California. Other services include Operating Room suites and PACU, Mother/Infant Services, Women’s Acute Care, and the Perinatal Special Care Unit with centralized monitoring specializing in high-risk antepartum care.

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns provides a full range of medical and surgical services for women of all ages, including robotic gynecologic surgery and oncology and is San Diego's only hospital dedicated to women's care. In 2009 and 2010, the hospital received the Press Ganey Summit Award for physician satisfaction scores above the 95th percentile or above for their two most recent physician partnership reports.

Essential Physical Requirements may include

  • Walking

  • Standing

  • Gripping/grasping

  • Reaching below shoulder level

  • Keyboarding

  • Lift up to 50 pounds

  • Push/pull up to 50 pounds

  • Carry up to 25 pounds

Additional physical requirements of position may be discussed during interview.

Sharp HealthCare is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Vet).

Keywords: Lactation Consultant


This position is located in Serra Mesa, San Diego County.


8-hour shift; 2:00 pm -10:30 pm. Working every other weekend.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing

  • Associates of Science in Nursing

  • Current unencumbered California Registered Nurse licensure

  • Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers

  • Current NRP certificate

  • Completion of an approved lactation course of study that prepares applicant to take the IBCLC exam

  • IBCLC within one to two years’ lactation hire date or maintenance of IBCLC

  • Three or more years of counseling breastfeeding mothers preferably in the hospital setting on a post-partum unit or in the NICU

  • Advanced computer skills

  • Effective interpersonal skills as well as oral, written, and presentation skills

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Job: *RN Jobs

Organization: *74040 - Lactation

Title: Lactation Consultant

Location: San Diego-Mary Birch Hospital

Requisition ID: 81467