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The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is about women in the community with personal breastfeeding experience providing support and information to other mothers.
“That’s what it’s all about….moms helping moms.”
WIC Peer Counselor
How WIC Peer Counselors Help
• Address mothers’ common breastfeeding concerns.
• Provide ongoing support to help mothers reach their own breastfeeding goals.
• Offer help outside the usual WIC clinic hours.
• Keep each mother’s information private.
Who Are WIC Peer Counselors?
• Have breastfed and have had training in breastfeeding and counseling.
• Come from the same community, culture or age group as WIC mothers.
• Are eager to help other mothers breastfeed.
• Provide breastfeeding information, encouragement and support.
Why Breastfeeding Matters
• Protects babies from ear infections, colds, allergies, diarrhea and constipation. Baby gets sick less often.
• Helps baby’s brain develop.
• Helps the family get more rest – no bottles to fix at night.
• Lowers the mother’s risk of several types of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.
• Saves money: no formula or bottles to buy, fewer doctor bills and lower medication costs.
• Is great for mother-baby bonding.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women can call the WIC office to see if you are eligible for the WIC program at 328-7555. For more information about the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program you can also contact the WIC office.