Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
The Peer Counseling Program provides an essential support system for mothers to help meet their breastfeeding goals and to achieve success. Peer counselors provide a valuable service to their communities by addressing the barriers to breastfeeding through offering breastfeeding education, support and role modeling. All peer counselors are also mothers, many recruited by the Louisiana Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC). They have personal experience with breastfeeding and are trained to provide basic breastfeeding information and support to other mothers with whom they share various characteristics, such as language, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.