Education for WIC Peer Counselors About Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant
Cindi Faith Bennett, MN, RN, IBCLC, St Lukes Health System, Cynthia Galloway, RDN, LD, IBCLC,
Idaho Central District Breastfeeding WIC Program, and Jane S. Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC,
Boise State University collaborated on a project to report on providing breastfeeding education for peer counselors.
Mothers of late preterm infants need ongoing support because they often find establishing breastfeeding (BF)
to be complex and difficult. Special Supplemental Nutriont Program for Women, Infants and Children peer counselors
provide BF information and emotional support to new mothers in many communities.However, their
current training does not include education about BF for the late preterm infant. The purpose of this report is
to present important information about BF and the late preterm infant that can enhance peer counselors’ ability
to offer appropriate support. The effect of this education on outcomes such as BF rates, maternal selfefficacy,
infant hospital readmissions, and peer counselors’ self-efficacy needs to be investigated.