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Action 3. Strengthen programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling

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denotes a USBC member organization listing

Implementation Strategies

    • 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

      USBC Resources

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          National Activities

            Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

          Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

          Phone: 814-255-2829

          Email: asphn@asphn.org

          Website: http://www.asphn.org

          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


            Baby Café USA

          Baby Café USA

          Phone: 781-507-1980

          Email: lucia@babycafeusa.org

          Website: http://www.babycafeusa.org

          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


            DHHS, Office on Women's Health

          DHHS, Office on Women's Health

          Phone: 800-994-9662

          Email: WomensHealth@hhs.gov

          Website: http://www.womenshealth.gov

          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/


            Every Mother, Inc.

          Every Mother, Inc.

          Phone: 877-666-7226

          Email: info@everymother.org

          Website: http://www.everymother.org

          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#


            HealthConnect One

          HealthConnect One

          Action Activities: Provide training and consulting to organizations seeking to implement quality improvement and peer to peer support in their communities.


          Supporting Link: http://www.healthconnectone.org/pages/breastfeeding_peer_counselor_program/59.php


            Healthy Children Project, Inc.

          Healthy Children Project, Inc.

          Phone: 508-888-8044

          Email: info@healthychildren.cc

          Website: http://www.healthychildren.cc

          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


            Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Phone: 817-810-9984

          Email: admin@hmbana.org

          Website: http://www.hmbana.org

          Action Activities: Test content for 3/1/2015 training


          Supporting Link: http://www.hmbana.org/locations


            International Childbirth Education Association

          International Childbirth Education Association

          Phone: 919-863-9487

          Email: info@icea.org

          Website: http://www.icea.org

          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


            La Leche League International

          La Leche League International

          Phone: 919-459-2167

          Email: info@llli.org

          Website: http://www.llli.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


            Lamaze International

          Lamaze International

          Phone: 202-367-1128

          Email: info@lamaze.org

          Website: http://www.lamaze.org

          Action Activities: Many Lamaze educators offer mothers' groups and other peer-peer networking opportunities.


          Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/FindALamazeChildbirthClass


            Mom2Mom Global

          Mom2Mom Global

          Phone: 910-401-3566

          Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

          Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.org

          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


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          State/Community Activities

          Breastfeeding: Rights, Education, Advocacy, Support Team Roanoke

          Breastfeeding: Rights, Education, Advocacy, Support Team Roanoke

          Phone: 540-632-1389

          Email: breastroanoke@gmail.com

          Website: http://www.breastroanoke.org/

          Action Activities: we do not have peer counselors but we refer to our resources to those programs


          Supporting Link:


          Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

          Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: Promotion of peer counseling both WIC and La Leche League.


          Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/finding_help.htm#wic_is_a_federally_funded_nutrition


          Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

          Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: 7854774666

          Email: bandy@kansas.net

          Website: http://ksbreastfeeding.org

          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.


          Supporting Link:


          Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

          Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains an online directory of patient education and referral resources.


          Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/resources/


          New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

          New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

          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.


          Supporting Link:


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