Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation - Dillingham, AK

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A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding women. Is a mother who is breastfeeding or has breastfed her own child(ren).

Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Has successfully breastfed at least one baby for at least 6 months (does not have to be currently breastfeeding)
  • Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience
  • Can work about 10 hours per week
  • Has reliable transportation
  • Is willing to make phone calls from home and is available after clinic hours
  • Reflects the population served in age, ethnicity, education and language
  • Positive communication skills
  • Ideally a current or previous WIC participant


  • Essential Functions:
  • Attend breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor.
  • Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, email, text, and home, WIC or hospital visits.
  • Receives a caseload of WIC mothers and makes routine periodic contacts with all mothers assigned.
  • Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding.
  • Helps prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.
  • Available outside usual 8 to 5 working hours to mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.
  • Respects each client by keeping her information strictly confidential.
  • Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC clients.
  • Refers mothers, according to clinic- established protocols to:
  • WIC nutritionist or breastfeeding coordinator
  • Lactation consultant
  • Mother’s physician or nurse
  • Public health programs in the community
  • Social service agencies
  • Attends monthly staff meetings and breastfeeding trainings as appropriate.
  • Reads assigned books and materials on breastfeeding that are provided by the supervisor.
  • May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding per counseling through special projects and duties as assigned.
  • Training:

  • Completes the Loving Support through Peer Counseling online or in person training.
  • Completes other training as assigned; Local Agency should offer the Peer Counselor one scheduled breastfeeding training per year.
  • Reads assigned books or materials about breastfeeding.
  • Attends breastfeeding classes and observes other peer counselors or lactation consultants helping mothers breastfeed if possible.
  • Alaska WIC program overview.
  • Confidentiality training.
  • Local agency orientation, policy training and requirements for employment screening.
  • Referral information and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Orientation to breast pump policies.
  • Annual civil rights training.