National WIC Association

Breastfeeding Peer Counselors & Support

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  • Breastfeeding advice given to African-American and white women by physicians and WIC counselors

    July 1, 2003 - Bibliography
    This study determined rates of breastfeeding advice given to African-American and white women by medical providers and WIC nutrition counselors. It also sought to determine whether racial differences in advice contributed to racial differences in rates of breastfeeding. Results indicated that self-reported racial identification did not predict a medical provider’s advice. However, being African American was associated with less likelihood of being given breastfeeding advice and greater likelihood of receiving bottle-feeding advice from WIC nutrition counselors.


  • Improving breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and practices of WIC clinic staff

    September 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    This study assessed the impact of a breastfeeding promotion project, which combined physical improvements of the clinic and staff training, implemented by the state of Mississippi. Results showed that the project improved the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, confidence, and practice of staff in the intervention clinics.


  • Breastfeeding duration, costs, and benefits of a support program for low-income breastfeeding women

    June 1, 2002 - Bibliography
    This study compared usual care with an intervention comprising hospital and home visits, as well as telephone support by a community health nurse/peer counselor team for 6 months after delivery, for low-income mothers. The results suggested that women who received the community health intervention breastfed longer than did the women who received usual care. The women in the intervention group also had fewer infant sick visits and reported use of fewer medications for their infants than did the women who received usual care. The intervention’s cost ($301 per mother) was partially offset by cost savings on formula and health care.