ICU Lactation Peer Counselor - Clinical Nutrition

Job ID 2021-39741
Area of Interest
Nutrition / Food Services
Location Name
Hospital Main Campus
FTE/Hours per pay period
0.6 FTE (48 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Nutrition Services
Day/Evening Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hospital About Us:


Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


In 2020, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


The Lactation Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional that provides basic lactation and breastfeeding information and encouragement to parents during their infant’s hospitalization in the ICUs at Seattle Children’s Hospital through their first weeks home.


This position uses their personal experience of providing breastmilk for their own child while at Children’s to connect with parents who currently have an infant in Children’s ICU.


Must be willing and able to work afternoons, evenings, weekends and holidays, and to make phone calls and texts from home on a hospital-provided cell phone. May work onsite and/or remote.




Required Education/Experience:
- High school diploma or GED or equivalent experience.
o Written and oral proficiency in English
o Basic math skills
- Provided breastmilk at least 6 months for an infant who spent time in Seattle Children’s ICU and is enthusiastic to help other parents succeed.
- Experienced overcoming lactation difficulties: low milk supply, lactating for twins, oversupply, or other difficulties.
- Knowledge of health care system at Seattle Children’s and social practices in the target culture and language.

Required Credentials:
- Current BLS for Health Care Providers is to be maintained at all times by all lactation consultants. Can be obtained within 3 months of hire.

Strongly Preferred:
- Written and oral proficiency in English and a target language, including but not limited to: Spanish, Amharic, Somali, Arabic, and Vietnamese and willingness to take language proficiency test.
- Demonstrates understanding of medical terminology.
- Successfully provided breastmilk 6+ months.
- Reflects the ICU population in age, ethnicity, education and language.


In accordance with new Washington law for healthcare workers, Seattle Children’s requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before October 18, 2021, or before beginning employment for start dates after October 18th.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with Washington state law, Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

The people who work at Seattle Children's are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.

Seattle Children's is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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