BF: 2 Local Agency Breastfeeding Coordinator

Effective Date: 12/02 Downloads: PDF Version    Revised Date: 07/14
   

Policy

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.

Procedure

  1. 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
  • Counseling
  • 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.