Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program (BFPC)
Breastfeeding is the most natural, healthy, and loving gift a mother can give to her baby. District Health Department No. 4’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program provides breastfeeding education, encouragement and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Peer Counselors are women who live in the community and have breastfed their own baby. They are available for questions by phone, one-on-one education in the WIC office, and support groups.
Peer Counselor Information
What does a Peer Counselor Do?
- Provides 24/7 Breastfeeding Supplies
- Listens to you
- Gives basic breastfeeding information
- Contacts you during your pregnancy to answer your questions
- Offers help and support after your baby is born
- Builds your confidence
- Encourages you when things don’t go as planned
Our breastfeeding peer counselors can assist new mothers with:
- What to expect when feeding their babies.
- Making plenty of breastmilk.
- Getting support from their family and friends.
- Feeling comfortable breastfeeding in public.
- Continuing to breastfeed after returning to work or school.
- Advocating for Breastfeeding friendly workplaces
- Assists with breast pump needs through our WIC program
To set up an appointment with a DHD No. 4 breastfeeding peer counselor, please contact: Heather Heath, 989-255-4730
Certified lactation specialist Services
Visit with a nurse that has additional training to support breastfeeding families
Assists with latch issues
Provides more support and guidance than a Peer Counselor
Can work with you and your doctor to meet your breastfeeding goals