National WIC Association

Evaluation of the Missouri WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) breastfeeding peer counselling programme

Yun S, et al. Evaluation of the Missouri WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) breastfeeding peer counselling programme. Public Health Nutr. Feb 2010;13(2):229-237.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the peer counseling (PC) program on breastfeeding initiation among WIC Program participants in Missouri. Results showed that the breastfeeding initiation rate in PC agencies was significantly higher than the rate in non-PC agencies, among prenatal participants. However, the difference was not significant among postpartum participants. Prenatal participation in the WIC breastfeeding PC program (especially, participation early during pregnancy) was associated with an increased rate of breastfeeding initiation in Missouri.