Breastfeeding Best Practices: You Can Do It WIC Can Help!

The majority of mothers in the NYS WIC program know that breastfeeding is best with over 84% of new mothers initiating breastfeeding. More than 85.3% (2017 PedNSS) of babies born to WIC mothers start out breastfeeding but 1/3 of WIC mothers supplement with breastmilk substitutes by the end of the 1st week postpartum. Many mothers stop breastfeeding long before they feel the time is right and less than 10% exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months.

In an effort to strengthen the NYS WIC program's commitment to breastfeeding, build a stronger breastfeeding community, and improve exclusive breastfeeding outcomes, NYS DOH in collaboration with CAI conducted a learning community process to adopt an evidence-based intervention created by the Vermont DOH during the 2014 Learning Community known as, “You Can Do It/WIC Can Help”.  This intervention focused on screening prenatal WIC participants and providing them with individualized counseling during prenatal and postpartum clinic visits to improve knowledge about breastfeeding, help to strengthen participant's support networks, and build confidence to exclusively breastfeed. Outcomes of the NYS initiative demonstrated an increased prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding at 7, 30, and 60 days.

In this 2-day training, you will have an opportunity to learn about the components of the Vermont DOH's “You Can Do It/WIC Can Help” intervention and how they can be implemented at your local agency to further support exclusive breastfeeding in order to achieve better health outcomes for women, infants, and children on the NYS WIC program.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the intervention “You Can Do It/WIC Can Help” that promotes exclusive
  • Demonstrate skills in administering and scoring the BAPT tool
  • Demonstrate skills utilizing the results of the BAPT for targeted counseling and case conferencing
  • Identify strategies to conduct a targeted group discussion

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, DOH Staff

Continuing Education: 12 CPEUs, 12 CEUs

•           Doors will open and sign-in will begin 30 minutes before the training start time.
•           Participants that arrive at training by 9:30 AM (or 30 minutes after the official training start time) can make the decision to stay for the training and will receive a certificate of attendance.
•           At 9:31 AM (or 31 minutes after the official training start time) the door will be closed and all late participants will be asked to reschedule.
•           For your comfort, you may wish to bring a jacket or shawl to the training as it is often difficult to control the temperature in the meeting rooms.
•           *If you are pumping and need a lactation space for this off-site training please e-mail or request one or call 518-724-2801, so I may reserve one for you
•           Participants must attend all days of a multiple day training in order to receive a certificate of attendance and continuing education credits. If a participant is not able to fulfill this requirement they will need to re-register and re-take the program in its entirety.
•           Please note that no food or beverage will be provided



Mount Morris, NY - Location Information to Follow

Mount Morris, NY 14510
United States