Mother-to-mother support has proven to be one of the most successful approaches to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies. The WI Peer Counselor Program hires and trains mothers who have successfully breastfed to encourage other women to breastfeed. The concept at the heart of the Peer Counselor Program is that, as peers, these mothers have an ability to help and influence other mothers that health professionals do not have.

Peer counselors offer information, encouragement, and breastfeeding help to WIC mothers, via telephone calls, and in the WIC clinic.

 Goals

The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program was initiated to improve infant health through increases in the practice of breastfeeding.

  1. To increase the number of pregnant WIC mothers who choose to breastfeed their infants.
  2. To provide follow-up support for mothers when they have their babies to help them initiate and continue breastfeeding.
  3. To provide a long-term neighborhood based network of breastfeeding support.

Meet NHA's Breastfeeding Peer Counselors!

 

   

Meet the Peer Counselor, Morgen Teal.  "I would love to introduce myself to you! I am a mom-just like you! When my oldest child was born I thought breastfeeding was supposed to just happen. Women have always had to feed their babies--so it should be simple! Not too surprisingly it didn't go as I thought it would. Having a support system in place and gathering up some good sound knowledge makes a world of difference! I have continued to learn more with each of my six children. I eventually successfully breastfed my two youngest. I am here to be a part of that support system!

 "Hi my name is Ana Ortega, I enjoy being a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. I love helping moms to succeed with their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding is a special gift only you can give your baby. I am a mother of two with different breastfeeding experiences. I am bilingual. I am happy to be a part of your support system."

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