HEALTH

Breast Feeding Peer Counselors Offer Support Through Personal Journey

By Tracy Goldizen
Ottumwa Courier, Iowa

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Kim Proctor, coordinator of the “Breast Feeding Peer Counseling” program, says that when a woman finds out she is pregnant, she is assigned a peer counselor. That allows the mother-to-be to reach out with questions and prepare for her breastfeeding journey ahead of time.

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Every mother’s journey is different when it comes to feeding her baby. The women behind Breast Feeding Peer Counseling understand that.

Bree Arnold, one of the counselors present at Thursday’s open house, stresses that they don’t push a certain time of breastfeeding. “We just want to helm them with whatever they want it to be. We try to help a mom reach her goal and even help figure out what that may be.”

Kim Proctor, coordinator of the program, said there’s so many different aspects to the program. When a woman finds out she is pregnant, she is assigned a peer counselor. That allows the mother-to-be to reach out with questions and prepare for her breastfeeding journey ahead of time.

“Statistics show that the more prepared you are prior to delivery, the more successful you are with breastfeeding,” Proctor said.
Counselors are available at any time of the day to address a number of issues. If you have a latch problem in the middle of the night, Proctor said the counselors are available.

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