Peer Counselors

Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program


Central District Health WIC program is pleased to provide an evidenced based Peer Counseling program to assist in breastfeeding promotion and support. The Peer Counselors are WIC mothers who live in the community and have breastfed their own babies. Peer Counselors have been selected by WIC to help give new mothers basic breastfeeding information, counseling, and support and to help new mothers meet the goal of breastfeeding their babies.

Peer Counselors receive specialized training to provide information and support on:

  • Reasons to breastfeed
  • How to address common barriers, including returning to work, and lack of support from family and friends.
  • Getting a good start with breastfeeding
  • Maintaining a healthy milk supply
  • Preventing common problems such as sore nipples and engorgement
  • Strategies for getting through the first weeks home with the baby

The WIC Peer Counselors will contact mothers regularly during the pregnancy and during the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. Peer counselors will also assist with prenatal breastfeeding classes and are available to new mothers outside the usual working schedule who are having breastfeeding questions. Peer Counselors refer mothers to appropriate lactation experts or healthcare professionals if the mother’s concerns are outside the peer counselor’s scope of practice.

upcoming events



OCT 6 8AM - 5PM
SERVSAFE COURSE

Attend a food safety course designed to provide food service managers with the knowledge necessary to meet state and national standards. Learn More.

OCT 79AM
FCS OPENING AT 9 AM

Family & Clinic Services will open at 9 am on October 7, 2021 for a clinic training from 8-9 am. Learn more about FCS and services offered, HERE.

OCT 15 8:30 AM
BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

The next Board of Health meeting will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 707 N. Armstrong Pl, Boise. The Board Meeting schedule is posted inside CDH Headquarters and on the Board Meetings page, HERE. View past meetings via YouTube.