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WIC Peer Breastfeeding Counselors

Who Is Your WIC Peer Counselor?
A peer counselor is a WIC mother just like you. She lives in our community and has breastfed

her own children. She has been carefully selected by WIC to help give new mothers information about  feeding their babies. She is here to give you support to meet your own goals for feeding your baby.

How Can a Peer Counselor help you?
Tips on how to breastfeed comfortably and discreetly in public;

Ways to stay close to your baby through breastfeeding after you return to work;
Ideas for getting support from family and friends;
Ways to get breastfeeding off to a good start;
Secrets for making plenty of breast milk for your baby;
Help with breastfeeding concerns

Mothers who breastfeed:

• Are less likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer
• Are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes
• Bond with their babies easier
• Have less risk of postpartum depression
• May lose their pregnancy weight faster
• Feel great that they are giving their babies
   the healthiest start in life

 Breastfed babies have:
• Better immunity
• Fewer infections, including ear infections
• Fewer allergies
• Less diarrhea
• Less risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
• Less trips to the hospital for serious illnesses

Human milk is designed for human babies. It’s easy to digest, and changes as your baby grows to meet your baby’s specific needs. It offers the best nutrition for every stage of growth.

Children who were breastfed have:
• Less risk of becoming overweight
• Less risk of some chronic diseases that develop during childhood including:
     - Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
     - Childhood Cancers
     - Asthma
     - Crohn’s disease
• Lower health care costs
• Good jaw development that promotes the growth of straight,  healthy teeth

For more information contact the:

Canadian County Health Department
100 S Rock Island
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-0042

1023 E Vandament
Yukon, OK 73099
(405) 354-4872

**This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.**




Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?
A: If your baby is between 5-21 days old, they should have 2-3 dirty diapers and 6 wet diapers daily.

Q: How often do I need to feed my baby?
A: 8-12 times in a 24 hour period or on demand.

Q: How can I tell if my baby is hungry?
A: Watch for early signs of hunger, such as: rooting, baby sucking fingers, hands,or other objects, lip smacking and opening/closing mouth. Late signs would include: fussing and crying.

Q: How long can my breast milk be stored?
A: 5 hours at room temperature, 5 days in the refrigerator, 5 months in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator and up to a year in the deep freeze.

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