Breastfeeding improves health outcomes, lowers health care costs and saves lives! New mothers are supported with breastfeeding counseling services and free pumps.
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
The WIC Peer Counseling staff are moms within the community who have breastfed their own babies. They have been carefully selected by WIC to help offer new mothers important information about breastfeeding to help them meet their breastfeeding goals.
Deisy - Peer Counselor
I am a mommy to two beautiful children. From the beginning of my pregnancies, I planned to breastfeed. I had my mom who supported me and a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who helped me every step of the way I decided to breastfeed because I wanted the best for my kids. Breastfeeding has a lot of health benefits for them and for me. I have a son who was breastfed for five months and then formula fed until he was one. He was severely allergic to formula. So when I became pregnant with my daughter, I set my mind on breastfeeding longer. My daughter is currently five months and she is still being breastfed! It is a little tough since I am always busy, but breastfeeding has helped me form a special bond with them. I love it when moms tell me they want to breastfeed. I am willing to help in every way possible to help WIC moms meet their breastfeeding goals. It’s amazing how much babies grow on just breast milk. I love my job! At the end of the day, I can say I helped a baby grow.
Germany - Peer Counselor
I have one child, a boy, and we are currently still nursing into his second year! My breastfeeding experience was tough in the beginning, but we pushed through and now nursing is a big part of our lives. Breastfeeding is super important in our family, because it helped my son and me to bond. My breastfeeding experience helps me to encourage other mothers who want to breastfeed and work through the issues they have.
Jostalynn- Peer Counselor
I am a mommy to one spectacular little girl. She breastfed for over a year! We had such a wonderful experience, despite some setbacks in the beginning. She had a difficult time latching and was not gaining weight quickly enough. After seeking out help from others, I started to use a nipple shield and it completely saved my breastfeeding experience. After 3 months she weaned off of the shield, and continued to nurse until over a year. I would go through every struggle again because I know how beneficial breastfeeding was for my daughter. I definitely wish I had known about the breastfeeding program at WIC when I was experiencing difficulties! This job gives me the ability to be that helping hand to any mother who may need it and provide as much support as possible to help our WIC mommies through their breastfeeding journey!