What does a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) do?
A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC): 1. Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers 2. Helps mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals 3. Contacts mothers during their pregnancy and while breastfeeding 4. 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 encountering the following health problems:
About 60% more likely to suffer from ear infection
About 40% more likely to get Type I Diabetes
About 40% more likely to get adult Type II Diabetes
About 25% more likely to become overweight/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 hav diarrhea
What is available for mothers who are in the WIC Program?
Free breastfeeding classes
Hospital grade breast pumps (for small refundable deposit) to those who fit certain eligibility criteria
Medela hand pumps for mothers who need to pump occasionally
Extra food on WIC packages for mothers who exclusively breastfeed
Referrals to appropriate staff or other relevant outside resources
Breastfeeding group at the PCHC/WIC Office located at 704 Historic Rt. 66, Waynesville, MO
About Breastfeeding Group at the PCHC/WIC Office in Waynesville:
Meets Bimonthly 3rd Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pulaski County Health Center/WIC Office Lincoln Square Plaza 704 Historic 66 West Ste 104 Waynesville, MO 65583
Free for parents interested in breastfeeding support and breastfeeding education. Come to learn, ask questions and encourage each other.