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The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice: The ABCs of Getting Started

Author(s): Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA, Director, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Dayton, Ohio
  • ISBN-13: 9780763710378
  • ISBN-10:0763710377
  • Paperback    361 pages      © 2003
Price: $139.95 US List
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So, you think you want to be a lactation consultant, open a private practice, and earn a good living by helping mothers and babies breastfeed? This is the book for you! The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice: The ABCs of Getting Started by Linda J. Smith is a user-friendly orientation and guide to the lactation consultant profession for those interested in running a full-time, profitable, and long-term lactation consultant practice. 

Author Linda J. Smith presents her original “ABC” sequential format of essential skills necessary to start a successful practice in three balanced sections: Attitude, Business Skills, and Clinical Skills. Each section begins with an overview, contains a “pitfalls and problems” chapter and two examples of successful private practices from around the world.

Features & Benefits

Fifteen lactation consultants in private practice describe how to become a lactaction consultant, tell what private practice looks like, and give specific tips for operating a practice.
Contains sample professional documents, clinical forms and handouts, sample reports to physicians, sources for supplies and equipment, and a client satisfaction survey sample.
The ABC format of the sections allows readers to explore attitudes and abilites that make or break a successful PPLC, business skills for opening a private practive, and clinical aspects needed to operate a private lactation practice.

Section A: Attitude & Acquiring the LC Role: Do You Have What it Takes?

Chapter 1: Overview of Attitude: Do You Have What it Takes?

Chapter 2: Role Clarification

Chapter 3: Becoming a Lactation Consultant

Chapter 4: Pitfalls Related to Attitude

Chapter 5: Advocacy for Breastfeeding

Chapter 6: Realities of Private Practice: Kay Hoover and Diane Wiessinger


Section B: Business Skills: Operating Your PPLC Business

Chapter 7: Overview of Business Skills: What Success Looks Like

Chapter 8: Creating A Business Plan

Chapter 9: Legal Considerations

Chapter 10: Financial Considerations

Chapter 11: Hiring and Managing Staff

Chapter 12: Information Resource Management, Computers and the PPLC

Chapter 13: Promotion and Marketing

Chapter 14: Pitfalls Related to the Business

Chapter 15: Realitites of Private Practice: Roberta Graham de Escobedo and Eve Moeran


Section C: Managing the Clinical Aspects of Private Practice

Chapter 16: Overview of Clinical Practice

Chapter 17: A Clinical Framework: The ABC Protocol

Chapter 18: The Lactation Consult

Chapter 19: Breastfeeding Classes and Educational Services

Chapter 20: Pitfalls Related to Clinical Issues

Chapter 21: Professional Responsibilities Revisited

Chapter 22: Other Aspects of PPLC Work

Chapter 23: Realities of Private Practice: Patricia Lindsey and Pamela Morrison


Appendix A: Professional Documents

Appendix B: Educational Resources

Appendix C: Clinical Forms and Handouts

Appendix D: Sample Reports to Physicians

Appendix E: Sources for Supplies and Equipment

Appendix F: Gift Pack Generic Letter

Appendix G: Client Satisfaction Survey


Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA-Director, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Dayton, Ohio

Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, FACCE, FILCA is currently Adjunct Instructor in the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. She is also the Owner/Director of Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre in Dayton, OH. Linda’s 40-year career in women's health advocacy and support began as a physical education teacher and extends into her practice as lactation consultant, childbirth educator, and public speaker. She is the author of 4 professional textbooks on birth and breastfeeding and co-author of Sweet Sleep by La Leche League International. She has lectured in 19 countries; her presentations have been translated into 12 languages including Chinese, Russian and Inuktitut. She has presented her key research areas to international health experts at the World Health Organization meetings.  Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and her Lactation Consultant Exam Preparation Course is the longest-running of its kind and the first to be based on the IBLCE Exam Blueprint.

Linda Smith obtained her MPH from Wright State University and her BSE from the State University of New York at Cortland in physical education. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), and a La Leche League International Accredited Leader. She holds or has held leadership positions in the American Public Health Association (APHA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), the American Breastfeeding Institute (ABI), the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  Linda serves as ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and as a consultant to Baby-Friendly USA and INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. She has been an expert reviewer on several documents published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


  • "I'm reading the Private Practice  book and am really enjoying it. The sections on hiring, paying taxes and marketing are particularly helpful to me as I set up my own practice. I'm dedicated to building my private practice because I enjoy the ongoing relationships with my clients, as well as the counseling necessary for the days and weeks beyond the initial breastfeeding phase." 

    -Carol Chamblin, RN, MS, IBCLC
    Breast 'N Baby Lactation Services, Inc.
    Geneva, IL

    "Just wanted to say that I received The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice and am finding it wonderful! It's a bonus too, to learn about so many people on LACNET and how they run their practices. Your books are wonderful resources- thank you so much for your support of the LC profession."

    -Kerri Zandberg, RN, BScN, LLLL
    Chatham, Ontario

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