National WIC Association

Breastfeeding peer counseling: from efficacy through scale-up

Chapman DJ, et al. Breastfeeding peer counseling: from efficacy through scale-up. J Hum Lact. Aug 2010;26(3):314-326.

The authors pursued a systematic review of (1) the randomized trials assessing the effectiveness of breastfeeding peer counseling in improving rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, exclusivity, and maternal and child health outcomes and (2) scientific literature describing the scale-up of breastfeeding peer counseling programs. Evidence from randomized controlled trials indicated that peer counselors effectively improved rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.