• Partners HealthCare System
  • $51,880.00 -91,710.00/year*
  • Revere , MA
  • Healthcare - Allied Health
  • Full-Time
  • 69 Rose St

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A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who teaches basic breastfeeding concepts. LPC troubles shoots with lactating mom to identify potential barriers that impact breastfeeding the infant. BF PC will familiarize him/herself with the required forms needed to document all communication with lactating mother.

* Attends breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor.
* Signs and follows FNS Loving Support? WIC Peer Counselor scope of practice.
* Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone and/or hospital visits at scheduled intervals determined by the local WIC program.
* Counsel's women individually at the WIC clinic during scheduled office hours.
* Receives a caseload of WIC clients and makes routine periodic contacts with all clients assigned.
* Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, pregnant women, which includes specific details on the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. She also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.
* Is available outside usual 8 to 5 working hours to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.
* Respects each client by keeping her information strictly confidential.
* Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC clients in the WIC computer system (EOS).
* Refers mothers, according to clinic-established protocols, to the:
* WIC nutritionist or breastfeeding coordinator.
* Lactation consultant.
* The mother's physician or nurse.
* Public health programs in the community.
* Social service agencies.
* Teaches breastfeeding classes for pregnant and postpartum mothers and leads breastfeeding support groups.
* Attends monthly staff meetings and breastfeeding conferences/workshops as appropriate.
* Reads assigned books and materials on breastfeeding that are provided by the supervisor.
* May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding peer counseling through special projects and duties as assigned.
* High School or GED required.

* Willing to attend Certified Lactation Counselor Course and pass the exam (required)

* Knowledge of and experience with breastfeeding more than one child.Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
* Has a telephone and is willing to make phone calls from home beyond the WIC office hours.
* Has good customer service skills, relating to persons of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and communicating in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner.
* Able to remain calm and exercise judgment in unusual or stressful situations.
* Is adept at documenting detailed information compiled through conversations with breastfeeding women.
* Ability to clearly communicate in English and Spanish.
* Must read, write and speak English fluently.
* Spanish strongly preferred.

Associated topics: diet, dietary, dietitian, exercise, food, headstart, icf mr, nutrition, nutritional, wic

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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