Lactation Business Plan Essay

3254 Words Mar 23rd, 2011 14 Pages

Private Practice Lactation Consultant Business Plan * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Executive summary
Breastfeeding is not only a lifestyle choice but also an important health care choice. Any amount of time that a mother can do it will help both her and the baby. Many benefits of breast milk are noted for mothers, babies, and others. Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even SIDS. Infant formula cannot match the perfect chemical composition of human milk, specifically the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease. The private practice of lactation consultants has
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As the numbers show breastfeeding has not been a priority to the state of Florida. Florida has among the lowest breastfeeding rates in the nation. A perceived major barrier for many women to breastfeeding is a fear of embarrassment in public. More Floridian mothers who chose to breastfeed would lead to decreased infant mortality and morbidity rates. Increased rates of breastfeeding among WIC infants would lead to significant financial savings, due to reduction in illness and associated physician visits, outpatient treatment and hospitalization. In April 2008, Florida formed the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. to join the efforts of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inaugural meeting was held April 11, 2008. The 2007 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card shows Florida lower than the national average in breastfeeding duration.
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
As a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, there are standards of practice that have to be followed. These standards are developed by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. Code of Ethics is also a standard that have to be followed which are included in the standards of practice.. The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is obligated to practice within the laws of the geopolitical region and setting in which the consultant

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