BF: 2 Local Agency Breastfeeding Coordinator
|Effective Date: 12/02||Downloads: PDF Version||Revised Date: 07/14|
Local WIC agencies shall designate a staff person to coordinate clinic breastfeeding promotion and support activities.
PURPOSE: To act as a resource for breastfeeding information in the clinic as well as to act as a liaison between the state breastfeeding coordinator and local agency staff.
- The qualifications for Local Agency Breastfeeding Coordinator are:
- Meets the qualifications for a Dietitian, Nutritionist or CPA
- Has at least one year of experience in counseling women about breastfeeding.
- Has completed the Nevada Breastfeeding Basics online modules, a minimum of 35 or more hours of classroom lactation instruction or its equivalent and attained the designation of Certified Lactation Educator/Certified Lactation Counselor (CLE/CLC) or higher.
2. The qualifications of an equivalent training in lactation at a minimum of 35 or more hours includes but is not limited to the following:
- Breastfeeding Promotion
- Nutrition and Breastfeeding
- Barriers to Breastfeeding
- Contraindications to Breastfeeding
- Anatomy and Physiology of Human Lactation
- Breastfeeding Management (early to late post-partum)
- Support and Referrals for Breastfeeding Management
- Breastfeeding Techniques and Devices
- Training must be completed within one year of hire and once every five (5) years thereafter.
3. The roles and responsibilities of the Local Agency Breastfeeding Coordinator include:
- Meeting with the State Breastfeeding coordinator and/or other local agency coordinators as scheduled by the State agency.
- Overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of breastfeeding promotion and support activities and staff training.
- Staying current with the latest breastfeeding information and informing staff of new recommendations.
- Identifying, coordinating and collaborating with community breastfeeding resources.
- Monitoring local agency breastfeeding rates.
- Performing the roles and responsibilities of a CPA/Nutritionist/Dietitian.4. All Breastfeeding Coordinators will participate in a minimum of one of the following approved breastfeeding related educational opportunities each year:
- Statewide and/or local conferences, trainings or workshops.
- Events sponsored by other agencies and organizations.
- Other training including self-study modules or distance learning opportunities.
- All Breastfeeding coordinators must complete the full extent of training offered, including comprehensive exam or culminating project if applicable.