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- Create and maintain a sustainable infrastructure for mother-to-mother support groups and for peer counseling programs in hospitals and community health care settings
- Establish peer counseling as a core service available to all women in WIC
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Peer & Professional Support Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Peer Support
- Webpage: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Webpage: Position Statements
Action Activities: The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists' Moving to the Future is an online book for developing successful community programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. It provides step-by-step instructions for conducting a community assessment, writing objectives, developing a plan, or evaluating your program. It includes forms, surveys, and worksheets to download and adapt.
Supporting Link: http://www.movingtothefuture.org/index.php?sid=a8d513
Action Activities: BCUSA promotes and supports the development of U.S. Baby Cafes, which are free, community-based drop in sites offering high-quality breastfeeding care.
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: news of Cafes
Action Activities: The Office on Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts the National Breastfeeding Helpline operated by trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone in English or Spanish.
Supporting Link: http://womenshealth.gov/about-us/health-information-by-phone/
Action Activities: Every Mother developed an update to the USDA peer counseling curriculum, "Loving Support Through Peer Counseling: A Journey Together." The curriculum incorporates best practices in peer counseling and uses numerous social media tools designed to appeal to GenY and millennial peer counselors including a visually interactive presentation format, YouTube videos, downloadable podcasts, and other tools. Every Mother also works to educate WIC staff on how to encourage breastfeeding mothers through the USDA National WIC breastfeeding staff curriculum, "Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC." This training has been provided in multiple sites across the U.S., including Guam, American Samoa, and numerous other states.
Supporting Link: http://everymother.org/training_programs.php#
Action Activities: Provide training and consulting to organizations seeking to implement quality improvement and peer to peer support in their communities.
Action Activities: The Healthy Children Project provides trainings to peer counselors across the U.S. and in U.S. territories.
Supporting Link: http://healthychildren.cc/Education.htm
Action Activities: Test content for 3/1/2015 training
Supporting Link: http://www.hmbana.org/locations
Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: La Leche League International offers continuing education programs for LLL Leaders at area conferences and at other local events. LLLI is updating the "Peer Counselor Training Program" which allow interested individuals to become a trained peer counselor without becoming an accredited LLL Leader.
Supporting Link: http://www.llli.org/lllieducation.html
Action Activities: Many Lamaze educators offer mothers' groups and other peer-peer networking opportunities.
Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/FindALamazeChildbirthClass
Action Activities: Mom2Mom's signature Peer Mentoring program provides individualized support for breastfeeding moms from pregnancy through weaning, based on their specific situation. To become a Peer Mentor, a mom must have breastfed for a minimum of 6 months and considered it a positive experience, and completed a half-day basic training in lactation information and counseling skills. Peer Mentors are partnered with mentees based on similar breastfeeding experiences (Active Duty/working moms, twins or multiples, NICU, etc). In addition, our chapters hold regular group support meetings for peer-to-peer support.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: Promotion of peer counseling both WIC and La Leche League.
Action Activities: Collaborate with La Leche League of Kansas and Kansas WIC to support mother-to-mother support. The KBC has created a curriculum for the training of peer breastfeeding support group facilitators in communities without LLL or WIC.
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains an online directory of patient education and referral resources.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/resources/
Action Activities: The NH WIC Program offers a statewide breastfeeding peer counselor program to all WIC mothers. Peer counselors are available by phone and in clinics to meet with pregnant mothers and mothers after delivery to support, encourage, and promote breastfeeding. NH was awarded a Gold Level Award by USDA for its Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in 2016.