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Breastfeeding Peer Counseling

This program offers mother to mother breastfeeding education, support, and help for  mothers and babies.

A peer counselor is a mother who has breastfed and received special training to be able to help other mothers.

She can help:

  • Answer your questions before and after your baby is born.
  • Talk with you by phone or in person in the clinic.
  • Share heart to heart information about breastfeeding.

In some counties, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Breastfeeding Initiative provides free breastfeeding home visits. WIC and MSUE are partners in supporting breastfeeding. Contact your local WIC program to find what services are offered in your area.

Find your local WIC office by calling 1-800-26-BIRTH (1-800-262-4784).

Breastfeeding counselors can help in these locations:

County  MSU Extension Office  WIC Office 
Antrim (231) 533 - 1015 (231) 533 - 6255
Bay (989) 895 - 4026 (989) 895 - 4002
Berrien (269) 925 - 4822 (269) 926 - 7121
Calhoun (269) 781 - 0777 (269) 966 - 1230
Charlevoix (231) 347 - 4630 (231) 547 - 0091
Cheboygan (231) 627 - 8815 (231) 627 - 8850
Chippewa (906) 635 - 6368 (906) 635 - 1566
City of Detroit (313) 833 - 3279 (313) 876 - 4664
Clare (989) 539 - 7805 (989) 426 - 9431
Emmet (231) 347 - 4630 (231) 347 - 6014
Gogebic (906) 663 - 4045 (906) 667 - 0200
Ingham (517) 887 - 4580 (517) 887 - 4326
Isabella (989) 772 - 0911 (989) 773 - 5921
Jackson (517) 788 - 4292 (517) 788 - 4484
Kalamazoo (269) 384 - 8064 (616) 349 - 2647
Kalkaska (231) 258 - 3320 (231) 258 - 8669
Kent (616) 336 - 3265 (616) 632 - 7200
Lenawee (517) 264 - 5300 (517) 263 - 7861
Monroe (734) 240 - 3170 (734) 240 - 7895
Muskegon (231) 724 - 4732 (231) 724 - 1281
Newaygo (231) 924 - 0500 (231) 876 - 3804
Oakland (248) 858 - 0912 (248) 858 - 1275
Ontonagon (906) 884 - 2601 (906) 482 - 7382
Otsego (989) 732 - 6867 (989) 547 - 6523
Saginaw (989) 758 - 2500 (989) 758 - 3733
Saginaw Health Delivery (989) 758 - 2500 (989( 754 - 6111
Sanilac (810) 648 - 2515 (810) 648 - 4680
St. Claire (810) 989 - 6935 (810) 987 - 8222
Washtenaw (734) 222 - 3966 (734) 544 - 6889
Wayne (313) 833 - 3279 (734) 727 - 7156
Wexford (231) 779 - 9480 (231) 876 - 3824

The goals of Peer Counselors are to:

  • Increase the number of WIC moms who breastfeed their infants; 
  • Increase the number of days, weeks and months that breastfeeding continues;
  • Provide breastfeeding encouragement and support to women throughout their infant's first year of life;
  • Enhance state and local WIC/MSUE joint efforts; and
  • Expand services for moms and their breastfed babies.
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