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denotes a USBC member organization listing
- Create and maintain a sustainable infrastructure for mother-to-mother support groups and for peer counseling programs in hospitals and community health care settings
- Establish peer counseling as a core service available to all women in WIC
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Peer & Professional Support Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Peer Support
- Webpage: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Webpage: Position Statements
Action Activities: 1,000 Days advocates for expanded funding for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.
Action Activities: 1. Develop policy that advocates for programs to support mothers and families.
2. Host conference sessions to share best practices and science on support of mothers and families through peer counseling (this is a theme area every year).
Action Activities: ASPHN supports a Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN where participating states may choose a breastfeeding track that includes support for peer counselors. ASPHN also has resources for public health practitioners, including “The Intersection of Public Health, Community, and Clinical Dietetics,” which emphasizes the need to increase breastfeeding rates, “Improving the Nutritional Well-Being of Women, Children, and Families,” “The Role of Nutrition in Infant Mortality: A Public Health Perspective,” and “Guidelines and Health Conditions Related to Timing of Early Infant Feeding.” ASPHN’s Policy Committee submits comments and signs on to letters related to WIC peer counseling.
Action Activities: Baby Cafes are structured to be combination of professional and peer-support. The Baby Cafe model has been shown to be effective at supporting mothers breastfeeding for the 12 month recommended duration. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2019.0179
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org http://babycafeusa.org/mothers-charter
Action Activities: CHEER’s Mississippi CHAMPS project engages with local WIC staff on an ongoing basis. Encouraging WIC peer counselors to attend hospital meetings, CHAMPS trainings and conferences.
Supporting Link: https://www.cheerequity.org/mississippi-champs.html
Action Activities: The Office on Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts the National Breastfeeding Helpline operated by trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone in English or Spanish.
Supporting Link: http://womenshealth.gov/about-us/health-information-by-phone/
Action Activities: Every Mother developed the original USDA Food and Nutrition Service peer counselor program curricula for peer counselors and WIC program managers, and has continued to provide periodic updates over the years. Every Mother recently updated the curriculum for peer counselor program managers through a cooperative agreement with FNS, and provided training for State and local staff in all USDA geographic regions of the country. The curriculum incorporates best practices in peer counseling and is structured in a user-friendly visual language format. The training curriculum for peer counselors uses numerous social media tools designed to appeal to GenY and millennial peer counselors including a visually interactive presentation format and instructional tools.
Supporting Link: http://everymother.org/training_programs.php#
Action Activities: Provide training and consulting to organizations seeking to implement quality improvement and peer to peer support in their communities.
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project provides trainings to peer counselors across the U.S. and in U.S. territories.
Supporting Link: https://centerforbreastfeeding.org/education/lactation-courses/
Action Activities: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) continues to facilitate access to the IBCLC credential by increasing the number of "Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellor Organisations" globally, where IBCLC candidates can obtain their lactation care experience in a paid or volunteer capacity. These organisations function in different settings, such as: hospitals, birth centres, community clinics, lactation care clinic/practice, primary care practitioner’s practice/office worldwide.
There are currently over 40 Recognised Breastfeeding Support Counsellor Organisations around the globe.
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: La Leche League International offers continuing education programs for LLL Leaders at area conferences and at other local events. LLLI is updating the "Peer Counselor Training Program" which allow interested individuals to become a trained peer counselor without becoming an accredited LLL Leader.
Supporting Link: http://www.llli.org/lllieducation.html
Action Activities: LLL is the original peer-counseling model for breastfeeding support. All accredited Leaders have breastfed their babies for at least a year. Continuing education is offered through area conferences and at other local events. In addition, LLLI is updating the "Peer Counselor Training Program" which allows interested individuals to become a trained peer counselor without meeting the more extensive requirements of becoming an accredited LLL Leader.
Supporting Link: http://www.llli.org/lllieducation.html
Action Activities: Many Lamaze educators offer mothers' groups and other peer-peer networking opportunities.
Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/FindALamazeChildbirthClass
Action Activities: Mom2Mom's signature Peer Mentoring program provides individualized support for breastfeeding moms from pregnancy through weaning, based on their specific situation. To become a Peer Mentor, a mom must have breastfed for a minimum of 6 months and considered it a positive experience, and completed a half-day basic training in lactation information and counseling skills. Peer Mentors are partnered with mentees based on similar breastfeeding experiences (Active Duty/working moms, twins or multiples, NICU, etc). In addition, our chapters hold regular group support meetings for peer-to-peer support.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: NWA continues to advocate for the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program. For example, on January 15th, 2019, breastfeeding peer counselors from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. and educated legislators about the value of the WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program. As a result of this effort and others, NWA was successful in securing full funding for the program at $90 million, a historic achievement given that the BFPC program has always been flat funded at $60 million.
Supporting Link: https://www.nwica.org/blog/weekly-wic-policy-update-139#.XMnE9BRKi70
Action Activities: - Adelante offers an education/community service Consejeras de Lactancia program that covers education education and clinical hours.
Action Activities: Arizona Breastfeeding Coalition supports and promotes WIC activities and services on our social media platforms and website
Supporting Link: https://www.azbreastfeeding.org
Action Activities: Worked with JFM Consulting to create a survey to get ideas from mothers on ways to create additional support groups in different areas. This allowed for other l.c to host peer support groups in their area with the help of BMBFA
Supporting Link: http://www.bmbfa.org
Action Activities: Delaware WIC funds multiple peer counselors throughout their organization as well as contracted peer counselors in hospitals and pediatric practices.
Action Activities: Through our community impact initiative we provide a grant, supporting a local peer to peer breastfeeding support group in Spanish serving a low income community.
-We maintain a list of up to date peer to peer support groups throughout the County.
Action Activities: we do not have peer counselors but we refer to our resources to those programs
Action Activities: CBC has participated in research with fathers, mothers and maternity care nurses that culminated in the statewide "It's Worth It CT" campaign co-sponsored with the Department of Public Health.
Supporting Link: http://a
Action Activities: The East of the River Lactation Center provided 1874 individual peer and professional lactation support services thus far in FY19. The Center offers prenatal breastfeeding education classes, Mom's Got Milk Club for mother-to-mother peer support and Back-to-Work breastfeeding consults.
Action Activities: Promotion of peer counseling both WIC and La Leche League.
Action Activities: Encourage WIC membership - We have active BFPC who attend our meetings.
We provide a resource list with WIC BF support.
Supporting Link: http://www.indianabreastfeeding.org/drop-in-centers-.html
Action Activities: Collaborate with and support existing peer counselor programs, such as La Leche League of Kansas, Uzazi Village, and Kansas WIC, to expand and enhance peer breastfeeding support in Kansas. The KBC created a curriculum to train peer breastfeeding support group facilitators.
Action Activities: The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is thrilled to have WIC breastfeeding peer counselors, La Leche League Leaders, and Breastfeeding USA counselors in our membership and on our Board of Directors.
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains an online directory of patient education and referral resources.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/resources/
Action Activities: The Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition welcomes and encourages the peer support organizations' participation in all activities and meetings and shares relevant information on the Coalition Facebook pages. There is an especially strong relationship with the WIC Peer Counselors and with La Leche League.
Action Activities: The NH WIC Program offers a statewide breastfeeding peer counselor program to all WIC mothers. Peer counselors are available by phone and in clinics to meet with pregnant mothers and mothers after delivery to support, encourage, and promote breastfeeding. NH was awarded a Gold Level Award by USDA for its Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in 2016.
Action Activities: Welcome WIC Peer Counselors as coalition members and provide support for peer efforts.
Action Activities: • our Coalition has a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor thst offers breastfeeding information, education, mother to mother peer support and all breastfeeding support.
Action Activities: Breastfeeding By Faith Peer Counselor Training
Breastfeeding by Faith Peer Counselors are trained in breastfeeding, biblical principles and prayer.
Supporting Link: http://preciousjewelsmomsministries.org/service/training/