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WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program

Frequently Asked Breastfeeding Questions

What does a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor do? 

A BFPC: gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, helps mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals, contacts mothers during their pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and refers non-WIC mothers to other community breastfeeding resources (if they are not eligible for WIC).

Breastfeeding has so many benefits!
Children who are NOT exclusively breastfed for 6 months have a greater chance of the following health problems:
  • About 60% more likely to suffer from ear infections
  • About 40% more likely to get type 1 diabetes
  • About 40% more likely to get type 2 diabetes as an adult
  • About 25% more likely to become overweight or obese
  • About 30% more likely to suffer from leukemia
  • About 25% more likely to be hospitalized for respiratory diseases like pneumonia or asthma
  • About 200% more likely to have diarrhea
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What is available to moms who are in the WIC program?
  • Free breastfeeding classes are available to all WIC families
  • Hospital grade breastpumps are available (for a small refundable deposit) to those who fit certain criteria
  • Medela hand pumps are given to breastfeeding mothers who need to pump occasionally
  • Mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding recieve extra food on their WIC package
  • For a limited time, babies who are exclusively breastfeeding receive a free infant T-shirt
  • 24 hour breastfeeding support line
  • Referrals to appropriate staff or outside resources

Email Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

  Reliable Outside Links

Washington County Health Department
520 Purcell Drive
Potosi * MO * 63664
Phone: (573) 438-2164 * Fax: (573) 438-4759

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