HealthConnect One’s philosophy is the power of peers to influence and shape culture. Their training is a strength based model that is not a one-way, didactic, top down, but a two way road, based on popular education.
HealthConnect One trains Lactation/Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and develops Lactation/Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Programs embedded in clinics, health centers, community organizations and national agencies, leading to rapid and dramatic increases in breastfeeding rates.
A Lactation/Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a woman who had a successful breastfeeding/lactation experience and is interested in supporting other women in her community to nurse their babies. She offers culturally appropriate support and information, identifies breastfeeding/lactation challenges, and provides strategies to help women achieve their infant feeding goals.
Our breastfeeding work leads to dramatic increases in breastfeeding rates, particularly in communities where breastfeeding may not be the norm.