Peer Counselors

Our Story                                                                                                                                                                                   TUOLUMNE COUNTY WIC BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Our team consists of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) who provide breastfeeding support to enrolled Tuolumne County WIC recipients.

What are Breastfeeding Peer Counselors?

We are mothers helping mothers! A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a mother on WIC who has breastfed for at least a year and is trained to help other mothers breastfeed for as long as they are able in their situation. Our program aims to increase WIC's breastfeeding rates by offering mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding exclusively for six months, gradually adding solid foods, and continuing to breast-feed for at least a year. Besides providing babies with the best possible nutrition and encouraging bonding, increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed longer could save families and taxpayers billions of dollars each year nationally in formula feeding costs and healthcare.

What do Breastfeeding Peer Counselors do for WIC recipients?

Assist with breastfeeding classes at WIC

  • Host a monthly Mommy-Baby Luncheon for WIC’s breastfeeding families

  • Are available via cell phone, text, E-mail or Facebook messenger to answer mothers’ breastfeeding questions

  • Guide mothers through the process to borrow a WIC breast pump

  • Make referrals to the WIC lactation consultants, WIC nurse, doctor or other programs as needed

  • Regularly call or text pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to offer support

In short, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are moms like you. They breastfed their babies…will support you and answer your questions…be by your side if you need help…cheer you on. J

This institute is an equal opportunity provider.