Under general supervision, educates new mothers on breastfeeding techniques; provides instruction on use of electric breast pumps; provides support and encouragement to clients who are learning how to breast feed, and performs other and related work as required.
This is a part time/temporary class in San Joaquin County. An employee in this class is responsible for counseling and educating Public Health Women, Infants & Children (WIC) clients and new mothers at San Joaquin General Hospital regarding breastfeeding. General supervision is received from the department Program Coordinator and/or other managerial/supervisory staff.
Contacts assigned clients to provide encouragement and support to new mothers; educates clients on breastfeeding techniques and methods.
Facilitates the distribution of electric breast pumps to clients; refers clients to community support service agencies as necessary.
Maintains contact with assigned clients; provides basic information and materials on breastfeeding.
Maintains clients’ records; documents relevant communication in clients’ records.
Provides follow up and communicates with clients through telephone calls or mailings.
Attends meetings as assigned.
Experience: Six months of experience breastfeeding an infant or currently breastfeeding an infant for the past six months.
Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Breast feeding benefits; basic breast feeding problems and solutions; basic record keeping systems and effective communication skills.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients and the general public; communicate clearly both orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; maintain accurate records; and exercise patience and tact while interacting with staff, clients and the general public.
Mobility-Frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional standing for long periods of time; Frequency of Lifting-Occasional lifting of 5 to 30 lbs.; Visual Requirements-Constant need for overall vision and close up work; frequent need for hand/eye coordination; occasional use of color perception, depth perception and field of vision/peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent holding, repetitive motion and writing; occasional reaching and grasping; Hearing/Talking-Constant haring of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio and talking on the telephone; frequent hearing of faint sounds; occasional talking in person; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact; frequent decision making, concentration, working alone and working weekends/nights; occasional overtime/travel, exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief and death; Special Requirements-May work different shifts, weekends, holidays and extended schedules due to emergencies;Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise and varied weather conditions.