Finding the next Breastfeeding Counselor
by Mary Fessner-Tarjanyi
Here at Breastfeeding USA, we are a young and growing organization. Have you ever considered recruiting other people to become Breastfeeding Counselors? Have you ever felt overwhelmed or stretched thin, and wished for a Co-BC or nearby back-up? If so, I would encourage you to spend a few minutes encouraging the up-and-coming future BCs in your area!
Posting a short blurb on your local social media outlet is one way to spread the word, and can help get mothers thinking about the possibility of becoming a Breastfeeding Counselor. Including a link to the Becoming a Breastfeeding Counselor page is a must. Add a short note, encouraging mothers who have nursed their child for at least 12 months, and support the BfUSA mission with emphasis on breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm, to apply.
I have found the best way to make an impact and provide a much-needed nudge, is to personally invite a mother you have witnessed providing good advice in your group, and who may already have a good knowledge base, to apply to become a BC. Many mothers may be perfect for this position, but haven’t really considered it, or lack the confidence to start the application without your encouragement.
Why not start this month? Select someone from your own chapter who you can envision providing excellent support to the mothers in your area, and encourage her to apply!