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Breast Feeding Peer Counselor

WIC

Full Time

Days

8:30-5 pm

INTRODUCTION

The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BPC) is primarily responsible for providing breastfeeding education and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women participating in the WIC program.  She has personal breastfeeding experience and a desire to help women provide the best possible nutrition for their infant during the first year of life.  Extensive knowledge of breastfeeding is not required as the peer counselor receives WIC specific training on all aspects of breastfeeding.  She has the support of a lactation specialist (the BPC supervisor) for referrals beyond the scope of her capabilities.

 

MAJOR DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

·         Counsels breastfeeding moms on initiation and duration at WIC clinics visits and regular telephone contacts.

·         Responds to inquiries for breastfeeding support as referred by WIC clinic sites.

·         Refers mothers to appropriate resources - WIC Nutritionists, lactation specialists, physicians, public health programs, or social service agencies for concerns outside BFPC's scope.

·         Attends scheduled monthly meeting and training sessions to increase her knowledge in supporting breastfeeding efforts.

·         Conducts Beautiful Beginnings Club meetings (the WIC breastfeeding support group).

·         Participates in preparations for World Breastfeeding Month celebrations and the annual Get Fresh Festival and Breastfeeding celebration.

·         Assists WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding through special projects and duties as assigned.

·         Maintains a weekly log of time spent in assigned duties and all contacts made with WIC participants.  Completes monthly contact logs and remit to State breastfeeding coordinator at the monthly breastfeeding peer counselor meeting.

·         Keeps and maintains breast pump logs on a monthly basis.

·         Greets and receives new applicants, answers telephones, and give appointments and information to applicants.

·         Prepares and issues notices to clients, including appointment reminders, program violations, termination notices, notices of ineligibilities, etc.

·         Collects and records social, financial, and other pertinent data to determine clients' eligibility.

·         Performs and records weight and height measurements using appropriate equipment according to CDC recommendations.

·         Performs routine lab. procedures (e.g., finger stick to determine medical eligibility).

·         Educates applicants on their rights and obligations, including the food delivery system, certification schedule, and assists with group education as needed.

·         Issues WIC food vouchers and ID cards and records this information as required.

·         Assists in coordination of WIC services, making referrals and helping with outreach activities (e.g., health fairs).

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Current or prior enrollment in the WIC program as a breastfeeding mother preferred.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for breastfeeding, and a desire to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
  • Ability to meet and greet the public and work effectively with people.
  • Must be computer literate.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Breastfed an infant for at least 6 months (does not have to be currently breastfeeding).
  • Current or prior enrollment in the WIC program as a breastfeeding mother preferred.
  • Bilingual:  English/Spanish preferred.
  • Successful completion of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Competency Based Training Program.
  • Work at least 10 hours a week throughout the District of Columbia as assigned.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in working with indigent individuals and in community setting.

 

Experience working with underserved or homeless populations preferred.

* For correctional position-correctional experience- preferred but not required.