Many of you know how vital WIC breastfeeding peer counselors are to supporting breastfeeding for many, many mothers. This support is extra special because it comes from mothers who have participated in WIC and are members of the same community as the moms they help. And this model has proven to be effective at keeping moms breastfeeding.
That's why its worrying to hear that a House Appropriations Subcommittee has defunded the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors program in its proposed budget. This budget still has many steps to go, but once something is defunded in at least one version of the budget it takes a fight to get it reinstated.
So the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is urging us all to tell Congress to reinstate funding for the program. You can do so using their online form, which will get your commens to your representative.