BAMSI Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in BROCKTON, Massachusetts
TitleBreastfeeding Peer Counselor
LocationWIC Brockton Main Office
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The WICBreastfeeding Peer Counseloris a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The counselor will provide information consistent with the WIC
Program's philosophy regardless of personal beliefs.
Women, Infants and Children(WIC)is a public health program that benefits low and moderate income families by providing services to pregnant and postpartum woman with infants and young children up to the age of 5 who are medically or nutritionally
BAMSI is a 1900+ employee health and human services organization with locations across Eastern Massachusetts. We offer generous paid time off, paid holidays, paid trainings in a supportive environment that offers growth opportunities! Health and Dental Insurance
is available for employees working 30+ hours.
Must have past or current experience breastfeeding at least one baby and past or current WIC participation. Must be willing and able to make calls from home and attend one monthly meeting at the office site.
General Statement of Duties:
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The counselor will provide information consistent with the WIC Program's philosophy
regardless of personal beliefs.
Attends breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor. Reads assigned books/materials provided by supervisor.
Receives a caseload of WIC mothers and makes routine periodic contacts with all mothers assigned.
Will be available outside the usual 8-5 working schedule for mothers encountering breastfeeding problems.
Attempts to contact prenatal women at least one month prior to delivery.
Provides basic breastfeeding information and support to breastfeeding mothers: to include information on benefits, overcoming common barriers, and getting off to a good start. She helps prevent and manage common breastfeeding concerns.
Will contact all postpartum women electing to breastfeed soon after delivery. Contacts can be made from the WIC office or by phone, to assist in initiating breastfeeding, to provide information and support, to encourage the continuance of successful breastfeeding
and to respond to any breastfeeding concerns or problems.
Counsels breastfeeding mothers that are returning to work. Provides information on pumping and storage of milk and use of supplemental formula if/when necessary.
Will arrange follow up contacts at her own discretion as long as it is agreeable with the WIC participant.
Will keep accurate records of all contacts and submit paperwork in a timely manner to the WIC office.
Will attend monthly staff meetings and breastfeeding conferences/workshops as appropriate.
Will refer breastfeeding problems to the WIC breastfeeding Coordinator if immediate attention is required or they are beyond her level of knowledge and skills.
May facilitate weekly prenatal breastfeeding information groups and / or breastfeeding support groups.
May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding through special projects and duties as assigned.
Past or current experience breastfeeding at least one baby and past or current WIC participation.
The ability and willingness to make calls from home
The ability to attend one monthly meeting at the office site
The ability to listen, avoid judgement and be sensitive to cultural diversity * A courteous and professional manner and the ability to maintain confidentiality