Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (LF)
Dept of Health - Shenandoah, VA

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The Virginia Department of Health, Women and Infants and Children (WIC) Program is seeking a part-time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor to provide breastfeeding promotion, education, services and support to a diverse population who participate in the WIC Program. Duties will include: Receives a task appropriate orientation to the VA WIC Breastfeeding Program; completes Virginia's Loving Support Through Peer Counseling Training Program and Skills Check List; meets a minimum of 4 hours of lactation management training annually to enhance knowledge of breastfeeding skills; attends local, regional, or state breastfeeding promotion activities and training when possible. Works with WIC-only pregnant and breastfeeding participants individually and in groups or classes; contacts shall be made via phone call, hospital, home visit, or clinic setting. Creates a breastfeeding -friendly environment while promoting breastfeeding as the preferred infant feeding method to indiviiduals and groups. Contacts each new pregnant participant before delivery to discuss infant feeding options according to WIC policy. Contacts each breastfeeding participant to discuss breastfeeding progress and/or issues. Offers breastfeeding WIC participants continued education and support on maintaining a positive breastfeeding relationship with their infant throught the first year. Teaches nutrition education classes related to breastfeeding and assists with breastfeeding segment of prenatal or newborn classes. Screens and assists with electric breast pump loan agreements according to WIC policies. Follow-up with families and make appropriate referrals within the medical health system and to community resources. Make appropriate referrals within the community to meet socio-economic needs of participants. Facilitate breastfeeding support groups within the local agency. Responds to participants requests by phone or walk-in as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Have experience as a breastfeeding mother. Ability to communicate well with diverse populations. Knowledge of the WIC Program. Must be able to work a minimum of 5 hours and no more than 30 hours per week limited to 1,500 hours per year. Can make and receive phone calls from home. Has reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with the WIC Program, bi-lingual in Spanish, high school diploma or GED.

Special Requirements
This is a restricted position which is solely funded by the WIC Program for a one year period ending September 30, 2013 . The availability of funding is scheduled for review annually or before the grant expiration date and periodically thereafter. Employment is contingent on the continued availability of grant funds. A successful national criminal records and background check will be required.

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