The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
- Attends breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor.
- Receives a caseload of WIC mothers and makes routine contacts with all mothers assigned.
- Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. Also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.
- Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in the WIC clinics, by telephone, home visits, and/or hospital visits at scheduled intervals determined by the local WIC Program.
- Is available outside the WIC clinic hours and the usual 8 to 5 working schedule to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.
- Respects each mother by keeping her information strictly confidential.
- Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC mothers.
- Refers mothers, according to clinic-established protocols, to: WIC nutritionist, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Breastfeeding Supervisor, Lactation Consultant, Mother’s physician or nurse, public health programs in the community or social service agencies.
- Attends and assists with prenatal classes and breastfeeding support groups.
- Attends monthly staff meetings and breastfeeding conferences/workshops as appropriate.
- Reads assigned books and materials on breastfeeding that are provided by the supervisor.
- May assist in promoting breastfeeding through special projects and duties as assigned.
- Attends WIC Peer Counselor staff meetings, Catholic Charities, and NYSDOH trainings and achieves proficiency in computer systems.
Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.
Has breastfed at least one baby for at least 12 months. (Does not have to be currently breastfeeding). Can work about 10 – 15 hours a week. Is willing to make phone calls from home when needed. Has reliable transportation.