A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a woman who had a successful breastfeeding experience and is interested in supporting other women in her community to nurse their babies.
A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor’s goals are to:
- Offer culturally appropriate support and information
- Identify and address barriers in the local community
- Enhance communication and counseling skills
- Provide strategies to manage breastfeeding challenges
- Help women achieve their breastfeeding goals
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Programs are incorporated into existing community-based maternal and child health initiatives so that both staff and constituents from underserved communities learn strategies to encourage new mothers to breastfeed.
If you are interested in a peer counselor training for your agency, please contact us.
Traditional power dynamics associated with learning are not present and/or openly discussed. There was an ability to be open and build trust and exchange–not just words; histories, hopes, frustrations, and, positive energy.
HealthConnect One workshop participant
The Breastfeeding Advocate Training was wonderful and it’s going to help me with parent educators on staff because they will be going into the community and helping mothers who are new to breastfeeding.
Latonia Clark, SGA Youth and Family Services
“We here at BMBFA would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a truly fabulous, informative, perception changing three days. Thank you for your willingness to share such wonderful energy and expertise on both a professional and personal level.”
Peer Counselor Rocio Martinez was honored in 2015 for her work as a breastfeeding peer counselor.