Purpose of the Program
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is designed to help
impact breastfeeding rates, especially increasing duration rates. The
Peer Counselors are here to:
©Help pregnant women on the
WIC program make an informed choice about breastfeeding.
©Help and encourage WIC breastfeeding moms to continue
©Promote and educate the community about the many benefits of
Healthy People 2010 Goals
Healthy People 2010 sets forth a list of objectives for disease
prevention and health promotion for the United States.
It identifies a
wide range of public health priorities and specific, measurable
objectives. There is one specific to breastfeeding.
By the year 2010,
the goal is that 75% of the women giving birth initiate breastfeeding in
the hospital; 50% of these women to be still breastfeeding by six
months, and 25% to be still breastfeeding by one year.
in shape faster
risk of certain diseases such as:
time off from work or school due to sick child
Benefits to Baby:
risk of certain diseases and infections such as:
respiratory and intestinal tract infections
illnesses and hospitalizations
types of Cancer
baby on his side, facing mother "tummy to tummy" baby's nose at mom's
©Tip of baby's nose and chin
should touch breast when latching on
within first hour of life or as soon as possible
©Feed on baby's cue (i.e. hand
to mouth, rooting and sucking movements)
Signs of Adequate Breast Milk Intake
8-12 times per 24 hours
©At least6 wet diapers per 24
During growth spurts, baby will want to
nurse more often for approximately one to three days.
You will usually see growth spurts at: