Breastfeeding Promotion and SupportBreastfeeding Promotion and Support<p>​Breastfeeding promotion and support is an integral part of the WIC Program. WIC strives to increase the initiation, duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding among women enrolled in the Program. All WIC agencies have trained personnel ready to assist mothers in making informed decisions about their infant feeding choice. WIC also instructs mothers in the basics of breastfeeding. Many WIC agencies have breastfeeding peer counselor support programs that provide mother-to-mother counseling. In addition, all local WIC agencies provide breastfeeding aids such as manual and electric breast pumps. WIC offers a food package for women who exclusively breastfeed their babies. This food package adds tuna or salmon in cans or pouches, as well as additional amounts of whole grains, cereal, milk, cheese, juice, peanut butter, beans, peas and lentils.</p><h1>Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program</h1><h2>Who is a WIC Peer Counselor?</h2><p>WIC peer counselors are mothers in your community who have personal experiences with breastfeeding.  WIC breastfeeding peer counselors provide a valuable service to help mothers start and continue breastfeeding.  They are trained to provide basic breastfeeding information, and help education, support, and role model for all mothers who are interested.  </p><h2>For more information, contact our peer counselors:</h2><p>Melanie Byrd at (828) 764-9212 (English)</p><p>Irma Sepez at (828) 764-9208 (Spanish)</p><p> *We will refer you to lactation consultants and healthcare providers as needed.</p><h1>Breastfeeding Orientation</h1><p>The Breastfeeding Orientation is a program developed to educate pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed and introduce them to the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.  The program goals are to increase the relationship between participants during their pregnancy and educate all pregnant mothers about breastfeeding.  Topics include: </p><ul><li>Breastfeeding myths</li><li>Hunger and feeding cues</li><li>Different cries</li><li>Changes in breasts during and after pregnancy</li><li>Nipple care</li></ul><h1>Infant Feeding Class</h1><p>Breastfeeding peer counselors will help mothers prepare to breastfeed with confidence once their baby arrive.  This Infant feeding class will be at least 30 minutes long consisting a short video.  Breastfeeding topics our peer counselors will cover during this class are:</p><ul><li>Preparation for breastfeeding</li><li>Proper latching</li><li>Breastfeeding positions</li><li>Techniques and strategies to improve milk supply</li><li>Hunger and feeding cues</li><li>Know if your baby is getting enough</li><li>Breastfeeding and returning to work </li><li>Get support from your family and friends</li></ul><p>*Breastfeeding Orientation and Infant Feeding Class are offered only to WIC participants at no cost. Please contact our peer counselors for available dates.</p><h1>Additional Resources:</h1><p>The following links are videos to assist breastfeeding mothers from the Global Health Media:</p><p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p>