Why WIC Peer Counselor $s make good sense

Just a note on a cause I believe in:
I had the honor of serving as the Breastfeeding Coordinator for the DC WIC State Agency from 2003-2007. Although typically breastfeeding is not common among the low income, predominantly African American DC WIC population, during that time, breastfeeding rates went from 42%-49%–the biggest increase seen across the country.

Why the sudden jump? We got grants to support and expand our breastfeeding peer counselor program. No big surprise—WIC moms learn best from other current or former WIC breastfeeding moms in their community.

Breastfeeding is a great way to promote sustainable health care for momma and baby, and reduce racial disparities as well. With both sides of the aisle squawking about the cost of health care, it’s useful to remember that breastfeeding is an investment in healthy babies and communities, and pays off in many ways.

This program is on the chopping block as we speak in Congress. Please urge your representative to make sure the WIC Peer Counselor program is included in the final FY 2014 Appropriations Bill, at a level equal to funding provided in FY 2013.

Email your representative or tweet your support!


Cheryl Iny Harris, MPH, RD

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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