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Breastfeeding & Lactation Peer Counseling
HealthConnect One partners with clinics, health centers, community organizations, and national agencies to develop programs to support and train Breastfeeding and Lactation Peer Counselors.
Breastfeeding is critical to young children's health, yet years of disinvestment and systemic racism within the health care system have created untenable situations for low-income Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, parents, and babies.
Who are Breastfeeding &
Lactation Peer Counselors?
- A woman who has had a successful breastfeeding and lactation experience and wants to support women of color in her community to successfully nurse their babies
- An experienced parent and confidant who offers culturally appropriate support and information, identifies breastfeeding and lactation challenges, and provides strategies to help mothers achieve their infant feeding goals.
- An active participant in closing the birth equity gap and strengthening Black, Brown, and Indigenous babies and families
About Our Program
Our programs are rooted in the community and provide training for frontline staff so that families get support for breastfeeding and healthy food options, leading to rapid and dramatic increases in breastfeeding rates and retention.
We incorporate Breastfeeding and Lactation Peer Counselor Programs 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.
"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
Infant mortality rates are 2.2 times higher for Black infants, and close to 2 times the rate for Native infants, than for white infants in the US.