St. Clair County Health Department provides a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program, which supports our mothers and helps to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for the entire family.
What does a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor do?
THEY SERVE AS ROLE MODELS
Maybe you have never seen a woman breastfeed her baby or talked to another mom about breastfeeding: many women have not. WIC peer counselors have breastfed their infants and can tell you about their experiences, mom to mom.
THEY TEACH CLASSES AND PROVIDE COUNSELING
Breastfeeding peer counselors focus on helping you breastfeed successfully. They provide one-on-one support and telephone counseling, and they teach or assist with group classes. Peer counselors provide valuable breastfeeding assistance so WIC staff can focus on other critical needs.
THEY PROVIDE HOSPITAL COUNSELING WHERE AVAILABLE
Peer counselors may come to the hospital to help you in your first days of breastfeeding. They provide information about what you can expect during the first days and weeks of baby’s life. They also provide follow-up counseling on the phone or in the clinic.
THEY PROVIDE REFERRALS
Peer counselors are trained to help you with normal breastfeeding. If you need special help, they may refer you to a supervisor, breastfeeding coordinator, nurse, nutritionist, lactation consultant, or other health care professional.
THEY RECEIVE TRAINING
Peer counselors have more than personal experience. They take a training course that includes breastfeeding basics, counseling skills, and making referrals. Peer counselors receive ongoing training on how to support prenatal and breastfeeding mothers in WIC programs at home over the telephone. If you have questions or concerns, they can help.
For more information about breastfeeding or pumping milk for your baby, call or text Erin Grider-Way, BFPC at 618-806-4686, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. She is happy to answer questions or point you to community resources whether you are on WIC or not.