Who is a WIC Peer Counselor?
WIC breastfeeding peer counselors are moms just like you! Plus, they have breastfed their babies. They live and work in your community. Peer Counselors offer support to pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
WHAT DOES A BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR DO?
HOW CAN A WIC PEER COUNSELOR HELP?
A WIC PEER COUNSELOR CAN HELP YOU:
North Carolina law states that “…a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.”
( we offer pump loans, and single user portable pumps to our breastfeeding mothers)
I am a mother of 4 and I have breastfed all of them for different lengths of time. I have been through mastitis, clogged ducts, bleeding, engorgement, low supply, over supply, and all the questions that come with providing breastmilk for your child.
My first child was born in 2008. There was very little support for breastfeeding mothers. The only information I had on breastfeeding was that it was good for your baby. I went through severe pain while feeding and just stuck with it. I later found out that she had a very severe tongue tie and that was why we had such a hard start. I also went back to work when she was 8 weeks old. I didn’t work for a very friendly breastfeeding place and pumped in a cold bathroom while sitting on the floor. I did this as much as I could. I didn't make enough to supply full breastmilk for her and supplemented some formula but mixed it with my pumped breast milk every day. We made it 9 months.
I had my second child in 2010. I had such a hard time with her older sister that I was not going to breastfeed this time. I didn't even try for 3 days until my milk came in. She had nothing but bottles in the hospital and for her first day at home. The night my milk came in it was 2am... I couldn't stand the pain and I thought I hate making bottles at night…..“I’ll just give it a try” She was an expert nurser. She latched perfectly and fed beautifully. I thought, “OK, I’ll try this again.” I was able to stay home with her for 12 weeks. My milk supply was very well established when I returned to work, and my employer this time was more supportive. I was able to breastfeed and pump with her until she was 7 months old. I was laid off from that job and the stress caused me to lose my milk supply. I was devastated and felt like I had failed her! This experience set me up for my 3rd baby.
K was a surprise! She was born in 2016. We had finally come a little further in the breastfeeding world. I had some friends that I had seen breastfeed their kids in that time since A was born. I had built a good base of friends that was supportive of breastfeeding because they had done it or were doing it at the time. I guess I felt like you should just stay at home all the time with my first 2 kids. I made up my mind that I was going to finally breastfeed one of my babies for a year! That had been my goal with the other 2, but life happens! I walked into the WIC office as a WIC participant and I was greeted with such encouragement and love for the way that I had chosen to feed my baby-for once! She was also born tongue tied and we worked through the hard parts of that! It wasn’t easy! I breastfed and returned to work temporarily with her. When she was 5 months old, I was at a place to stay home with her. We made it to 17 months. 3 of those months were spent nursing her still while I was pregnant with L...which leads me to L’s story.
My last baby. When L was born I had finally had a say in the way I wanted to have a baby. I was educated on how important “the golden hour is” I knew how to latch a baby, I knew what a bonding experience it was for them and me, I knew the love that is an instant feeling between a mother and her brand new baby, I knew how good it was for not only them but you, I knew that I was in this for the long run again. I was educated on breastfeeding. I am here to be your educator! I do this so that everyone that wants to have a breastfeeding experience with their baby knows more about it. I do it because if it is your choice then I will fight with you to make it happen. I do it because there is nothing in this world more precious than those early nursing years with you and your sweet baby. L and I have had 18 months at this and it has been lovely. She has been the easiest and sweetest little nursling. I was also very fortunate to be able to bring her to work here at the WIC clinic and work right beside other moms breastfeeding their own sweet babies. I am here to encourage you that you CAN do this!!!
Feel free to reach out to Tiffney by calling 336-657-0118 during regular business hours.
If you need her assistance after 5pm on the weekdays please TEXT her number and wait for a response.