Breast Feeding Peer Counselor(Temporary)
GENERAL PURPOSE: A breastfeeding peer counselor is a para-professional support person with a commitment to promote and support breastfeeding women and their families. A Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) also gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. This position is a temporary/seasonal position.
DUTIES: Receives a caseload of WIC mothers and makes routine periodic contacts with all mothers assigned. Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. A BFPC also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns. Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, home visits, and/or hospital visits at scheduled intervals determined by the local WIC program. May counsel women in the WIC clinic. Respects each mother by keeping her information strictly confidential. Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC mothers. Refers mothers, according to clinic-established protocols, to: WIC nutritionist or breastfeeding coordinator; lactation consultant; mother’s physician or nurse; public health programs in the community; and/or social service agencies. Attends and assists with prenatal classes and breastfeeding support groups. Attends monthly staff meetings and breastfeeding conferences/workshops as appropriate. Reads assigned books and materials on breastfeeding that are provided by the supervisor. May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding peer counseling through special projects and duties as assigned. Available outside the WIC clinic and the usual 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday working schedule to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.
Must be able to work Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm as needed. Must be able to work about 10 hours a week. Some travel involved. Must be able to work at the Ballinger, Coleman, and San Angelo satellite clinics.