National WIC Association

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors & Support

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  • A quasi-experimental evaluation of a breastfeeding support program for low-income women in Michigan

    January 1, 2010 - Bibliography
    This study examined the effectiveness of a peer counseling breastfeeding support program for low-income women in Michigan who participated in the WIC Program. The support program that the researchers evaluated was very effective at increasing breastfeeding among low-income women who participated in WIC, a population that breastfeeds at rates below the national average.


  • Breastfeeding peer support: are there any additional benefits?

    December 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    This study investigated whether breastfeeding peer supporters might offer additional benefits to breastfeeding women and their families, beyond increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration. The findings suggested that breastfeeding peer supporters might have a positive impact on several aspects of families’ lives, including improved mental health, increased self-esteem or confidence, and improved family diet.


  • Breastfeeding and WIC enrollment in the Nurse Family Partnership Program

    September 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    This study explored the association of WIC and lower breastfeeding rates in the Nurse Family Partnership Program. The results showed that when their child was 6 months old, 87.8% of mothers who were not breastfeeding were enrolled in WIC and that 82.6% of mothers who were breastfeeding were enrolled in WIC.


  • The differential impact of WIC peer counseling programs on breastfeeding initiation across the state of Maryland

    August 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    This study examined Maryland’s WIC breastfeeding self-reported initiation rates by participation in one of three groups: (1) peer counselor (PC-treatment) group, (2) lactation consultant (LC) group, and (3) standard care (SC) group. Results showed that the odds of breastfeeding initiation were significantly greater among PC-exposed infants, compared with the reference group of SC infants, but not significantly different between LC and the SC infants. In the Maryland WIC Program, breastfeeding initiation rates were positively associated with peer counseling.


  • Assignment to a hospital-based breastfeeding clinic and exclusive breastfeeding among immigrant Hispanic mothers: a randomized controlled trial

    August 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    A randomized controlled trial was used to determine whether assigning mixed feeders to a breastfeeding clinic within 1 week postpartum would increase exclusive breastfeeding at 1month, among Hispanic immigrants. Results indicated that the intervention group was more likely to exclusively breastfeed; that the incidence of formula supplementation did not differ between groups; and that the intervention group was less likely to supplement with water and tea.


  • Effectiveness of exclusive breastfeeding promotion in low-income mothers: a randomized controlled study

    June 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a breastfeeding promotion program for WIC participants. Although the majority of the women reported breastfeeding their infants, 45.6% in the intervention group and 28.9% of those in the control group practiced exclusive breastfeeding during the first 7 days. By 3 months, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the intervention and control groups had dropped to 13.9% and 10.5%, respectively.


  • Peer support and breastfeeding intentions among black WIC participants

    May 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    The purpose of this study was to identify what factors impact infant-feeding decisions of low-income women. Results indicated that women who attended support groups were more than twice as likely to intend to breastfeed, compared with women who did not attend such sessions. These results highlighted the importance of social influences on the decision to breastfeed and indicated the need for broadened community-based education for the promotion of breastfeeding.


  • Characteristics associated with longer breastfeeding duration: an analysis of a peer counseling support program

    February 1, 2009 - Bibliography
    This study examined data from a peer counseling support program for low-income women, to determine how participants’ characteristics and behavior affected breastfeeding outcomes. Shorter breastfeeding duration was significantly predicted by introduction of formula on day 1 postpartum in participants enrolled both prenatally and postnatally. Furthermore, in both groups, increasing maternal age and previous breastfeeding experience were associated with significantly longer breastfeeding duration.


  • Prenatal breastfeeding education and breastfeeding outcomes

    September 1, 2008 - Bibliography
    The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of various breastfeeding outcomes for three cohorts who received different methods of prenatal breastfeeding education. Results showed that women who attended prenatal breastfeeding classes had significantly increased breastfeeding rates at 6 months, when compared with controls. There was no significant difference in rates among the types of classes offered.


  • The association between an electric pump loan program and the timing of requests for formula by working mothers in WIC

    May 1, 2008 - Bibliography
    This study compared mothers who received an electric pump upon return to full-time work with counterparts in a wait-list control group. Mothers who received an electric pump as soon as requested did not request formula until an average of 8.8 months postdelivery. Those who did not receive an electric pump requested formula at an average of 4.8 months post delivery.