Breastfeeding Day of Action: Peer Counseling

The United States Breastfeeding Committee’s 20 Actions for 20 Days campaign calls August 8th the day for “Peer Counseling.”  We are thrilled to share with you the following guest blog post by Dana Posley, a breastfeeding peer counselor in the Chicagoland area whose passion, patience and commitment is sure to resonate with peer counselors across the nation.  Dana is the Peer Counselor for Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park and a volunteer at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago. Her goal is to work with hospitals and community organizations on becoming Baby-Friendly.  Her activism and support goes even further, as she is the Chairperson for the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force.  She recently completed the CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) training.  Thank you, Dana, for the work you do each day.

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My name is Dana N. Posley.  I am married to Rev. Gregory T. Posley and we have four children – two high-schoolers, one middle-schooler and one pre-schooler.  Our family enjoys taking mini vacations, cooking meals together and talking about current events.

I first heard of HealthConnect One when I signed up for the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training through my local WIC office.  I have taken two trainings, the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training and Train-the-Trainer. Both of the trainings were provided by HC One.  They were informative and well organized with excellent knowledgeable instructors. (Hooray!! Helen & Lawon).  They stayed connected with me about opportunities, and I just completed my CLC training last month!

My life has changed since these trainings by increasing my knowledge and awareness in the many areas of breastfeeding – such as research, community involvement, understanding cultural beliefs and overcoming misconceptions.  The work I do impacts me emotionally in such a positive way. I truly enjoy my work and can honestly say this is fulfilling my purpose in life.

Moms and babies are influential to me every time I see a glow expressed: The first signs of the bonding process between the two. The one thing I really hope to impart on moms that I work with is that it’s OK to be a good, caring and hands-on mom.

From here, I want to continue my education and work in the field of lactation so that I can create positive changes on the local, state and national levels, in both the medical world and at the community level.

I want to thank my Aunt Hawanna McDonald and my cousin Lawanna McDonald. As a pre-teen, I remember sitting in my aunt’s kitchen and my cousin coming in from outside, climbing on her mom’s lap and beginning to breastfeed. I recall thinking how funny and strange it was to see breastfeeding being done and the fact that she was three years old was even stranger.  However, when this was happening, I remember seeing such a unique bond between my aunt and cousin, as well as with her other older children, and I knew then that the bond they had, I would eventually want one day with my own children.  Because of this early exposure, I knew that breastfeeding was the right thing to do if I had planned to have a good relationship with my own family. Their example also gave me the confidence to breastfeed with no restrictions (public, private or duration).

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HealthConnect One is committed to sharing a variety of perspectives on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.  Each guest post reflects the writer’s experience, and is not necessarily the view of HealthConnect One.   What do YOU think?  We invite you to tell us in the comment section below.

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P.S.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photos, in Oh, the Places We’ll Go… to Breastfeed! HealthConnect One’s breastfeeding photo contest. Voting will be open from now until August 15th.