Most women agree that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. Although breastfeeding becomes easier with experience, many women find it challenging in the first weeks. Guidance and support are so important. Many generations ago, women had their mothers, sisters and aunts close by and available for help with breastfeeding. Our culture has experienced changes in culture, immigration, employment and economics which led to a decrease in breastfeeding. Today, mothers and grandmothers may support their daughters’ decision to breastfeed, but they might not have the knowledge and experience. This is where WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors come into the picture. Peer Counselors provide the kind of guidance that breastfeeding mothers need because they lived through the experience of breastfeeding themselves. Also, Peer Counselors reflect the culture of specific communities and can provide assistance in the appropriate language.
The theme for World Breastfeeding Week this year is “Breastfeeding Support-Close to Mothers.” This theme was chosen by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to give special recognition for the wonderful support that Peer Counselors provide to mothers and their families.
Whether you are pregnant, a new mom, or breastfeeding, be sure to ask your local WIC program about connecting with a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. They can make all the difference in helping you through this exciting time of your life, and help you breastfeed. You won’t be sorry! Contact 1-800-WIC-1007 for more information. You can also log onto www.zipmilk.org to search for breastfeeding support resources within your community.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!