Job Title: WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (Contractual)

A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
*Position is contingent upon continued funding of present grants.


  • A woman of the community and is a previous or current WIC participation
  • Has breastfed at least one baby for 6 months or longer in the last 5 years
  • Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding, and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
  • Able to work about 28 hours a week in clinic.
  • Has a telephone, and is willing to make and receive phone calls from home.
  • Has reliable transportation and possess a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Drug Free Environment.
  • Drug Screening Required.

Specific Duties:
The WIC Peer Counselor:

  • Attend breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor.
  • Counsel WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, home visits, and/or hospital visits at scheduled intervals determined by the local WIC program.
  • Counsel women in the WIC clinic.
  • Teach classes on advantages of breastfeeding and management of normal breastfeeding experiences.
  • Receive a caseload of WIC clients.
  • Make routine periodic contacts at least every three months with all clients assigned.
  • Give basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. She also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns.
  • Must be available outside usual WIC clinic working hours to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.
  • Attend and assist with prenatal classes and breastfeeding support groups.
  • Attend monthly local and out of state staff meetings and breastfeeding conferences/workshops as appropriate.
  • May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding peer counseling through special projects.
  • Conduct duties as assigned.
  • Require computer knowledge at the user level.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures, confidentiality and HIPPA.

Apply between 07/24/2017-08/04/2017
Interested and qualified applicants can e-mail their resume to or fax it to East Side Health District at 618-874-4737.

East Side Health District
Bhagya Kolli, Division Director,
638 N 20th Street,
East St. Louis, IL 62205
Phone# (618) 874-4713
Fax# (618) 874-4737

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