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Northwell Health WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in Staten Island, New York

Req Number 63743

Job Description

Job Description

Promotes breastfeeding with women and their families by providing emotional support, instruction and general information.

Job Responsibility

1.Provides emotional support to mothers and significant others through personal counseling.

2.Provides mothers with advice on normal breastfeeding and related problem avoidance.

3.Provides general information on the effect of foods, medications and home remedies on lactation within training guidelines.

4.Advocates breastfeeding to the community.

5.Understands and addresses related cultural attitudes and practices.

6.Assists in teaching breastfeeding classes.

7.Provides information and additional help sources to nursing mothers.

8.Participates in peer support groups.

9.Obtains verbal permission for physical interaction with baby and/or mother.

10.Maintains current records and practices confidentiality.

11.Refers appropriate questions and issues to the breastfeeding coordinator.

12.Assists in recruiting breastfeeding peer counselor candidates.

13.Attends related meeting and public forums.

14.Performs related duties as required.

Job Qualification

*High school diploma or equivalent, required

*Successful completion of the WIC (women, infants children) agency's peer counselor training program required within six months of hire.

*Ability to demonstrate various positioning techniques, increasing and decreasing breast milk supply; expressing milk and safe, effective collection and storage of breast milk.

*Current or former WIC participant in community served by the local WIC agency required.

*Ability to communicate effectively. Support skills and enthusiasm for assisting other women.

*Reliable access to a telephone and transportation

It is Northwell Health’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity and treat all applicants and employees equally regardless of their age, race, creed/religion, color, national origin, immigration status or citizenship status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, pregnancy, genetic information or genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital or familial status, partnership status, victim of domestic violence, sexual or other reproductive health decisions, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.