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Peer Counselors In The Hospital; Taking Your Peer Counselor Program To The Next Level

by Lisa Huffstetler, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation
Abstract:

Hospital visits from a Peer Counselor just after delivery can have a tremendous impact on breastfeeding for mom and baby. Evidence-based research shows that Peer Counselors can share an important role in the success of breastfeeding for families. Peer Counselors making an early connection and reminding families that there is someone here to help them with their breastfeeding journey, now and after mom and baby discharge from the hospital, can be very comforting for those nervous new parents. Often, a short visit from a Peer Counselor to reassure a new mother that she is right on track with breastfeeding is just what mom needs to encourage her for the learning period she is going through. Learn about the success stories of a Peer Counselor Program from the implementation of hospital visitation through years of success in hospital visits and the difference it has made in their Peer Counselor Program participation and breastfeeding numbers.

There are challenges to getting Peer Counselor hospital visits started. It may not be as easy to get your foot in the door as you would think. We will discuss some of the red tape situations you may encounter as you start trying to set up hospital visits. Adding hospital visits to your Peer Counselor activities can have a positive impact on your Peer Counselor Program and increase breastfeeding rates for your area.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe how Peer Counselor hospital visitation with newly delivered patients can help breastfeeding duration, breastfeed rates in your Peer Counselor Program and enhance your Peer Counselor Program in general;

Objective 2: Explain how to start a hospital visitation program for your Peer Counselor Program at your local hospital;

Objective 3: Discuss how to overcome obstacles encountered when setting up visitation for Peer Counselors at your local hospital


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Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 26  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks