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Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program - Coles County

Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30 AM 4:30 PM
Handicapped Accessible

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 breastfeeding.
Promote and educate the community about the many benefits of breastfeeding.

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.

Benefits to Mom
Back in shape faster    Decreased risk of certain diseases such as:  
Weight Loss

Ovarian Cancer


Urinary tract infections

Cost (less expensive)



Breast Cancer

Less time off from work or school due to sick child  

Benefits to Baby:
Best nutrition available Fewer allergies
Decreased risk of certain diseases and infections  such as:   Easily digested
*Ear, respiratory and intestinal tract infections Higher IQ
*Fewer illnesses and hospitalizations Less obesity
*Diarrhea Bonding
*Childhood diabetes  
*Some types of Cancer  

Breastfeeding Tips
Position baby on his side, facing mother "tummy to tummy" baby's nose at mom's nipple
Tip of baby's nose and chin should touch breast when latching on

Breastfeed 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
Nursing 8-12 times per 24 hours
At least6 wet diapers per 24 hours

Growth Spurts
During growth spurts, baby will want to nurse more often for approximately one to three days.
You will usually see growth spurts at:

10-14 days                                     
4-6 weeks
3 months
6 months

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or
would like more information, please
contact our peer counselors:
Renee Smith


Family Case Management

Women, Infants & Children

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