Job Description for Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Position Announcement
Position Information
Job Title:
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
Part Time
Wage and Salary:
$15.00 per hour
Application review will begin:
April 15, 2024
Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled
Job Description:

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor- Part Time    
Explore. Thrive. Belong.

Jefferson County is the Heart of the Heartland. We offer the best of Wisconsin living with safe, family oriented, vibrant business and civic communities surrounded by picturesque farmland. Jefferson County is proud of our small-town living options and easy access to major urban centers.


Jefferson County Health Department engages and empowers the community to practice healthy lifestyles so they can create a thriving community where all residents will have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. The Health Department values teamwork, collaboration, family, community, accountability and integrity, creativity, striving for excellence, acceptance, and respect while carrying out their variety of programs offered.

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who provides basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers under the direct supervision of the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator. The goal of the Peer Counselor is to increase breastfeeding initiation and longevity rates.

You will be successful in this role by completing the following tasks and responsibilities:
Receives an assigned caseload of WIC participants monthly and makes required routine periodic contacts with all participants who are referred and/or assigned.

  • Counsels WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, WIC clinic visits, home visits, and/or hospital visits as determined by the local WIC program.
  • Provides basic breastfeeding information, encouragement, and support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to help them get off to a good start with breastfeeding.
  • Helps mothers prevent and manage common breastfeeding concerns.
  • Provides strategies to help mothers overcome common breastfeeding barriers.


  • A past or current WIC participant is required. Personal experience with breastfeeding, having successfully breastfed at least one infant for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about breastfeeding and wants to help mothers enjoy a positive experience.
  • Can work the schedule of hours required per week, as needed by the clinic.  
  • Is available to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems outside the usual clinic hours.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred


Other Requirements:

  • Completes training sessions required to become a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Will be provided with the resources and equipment needed to perform the above job duties.
  • Completes training on WIC, including Wisconsin WIC orientation and annual trainings, and ROSIE navigation and documentation. Obtains 12 hours of observing other peer counselors or breastfeeding experts helping mothers breastfeed.
  • Reads assigned books and materials about breastfeeding.
  • Attends quarterly State BFPC calls and breastfeeding trainings, as appropriate, to receive continuing education.
  • Completes 25 hours of continuing education every 5 years.


Wage & Benefits
We pay $15.00 per hour.  
This is part time working between 10 – 12 hours per week.  

Employees at Jefferson County Value
Competitive Pay* Great Coworkers* Flexibility*
 *Advancement & Opportunity* Family Feel*

HOW TO APPLY: For a full job description and link to apply online, please visit the County’s web site at
Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer