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Counseling program to assist breastfeeding moms

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By Kate Darnell

Coordinator for WIC (Women, Infants, Children), Cathy Brunker is hoping to start a breastfeeding trend in Harrison County and the WEDCO district.

“Our goal is to increase the percent of people breastfeeding,” Brunker said Friday afternoon.

The first of its kind in the district, Brunker hosted training last week for new WIC peer counselors who will assist those WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed their infants.

The peer counseling and training is part of WIC’s National Breastfeeding Program.

While studies show a 5 percent increase in breastfeeding initiation since 2005 in Kentucky, the state still ranks 47th in the nation for breastfeeding, Brunker said.

“We want to see our numbers go up,” she said, adding that similar peer counseling programs in other cities successfully increased breastfeeding numbers there.

Brunker said all new mothers qualifying for WIC services are informed of the many benefits of breastfeeding, but peer counselors will offer additional one-on-one assistance for moms.

“The peer counselors program will assist those mothers who have questions and concerns outside of the regular clinic hours,” Brunker said.

 

For the complete story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.