As District Breastfeeding Coordinator, Aleshia supervises a team of 6 WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, performs all the administrative duties associated with running a department, and occasionally assists clients over the phone or in their homes.
Aleshia shares, “The thing I love most about my job as District Breastfeeding Coordinator is that I get to assist my staff in being the best they can be—not only as lactation support for the community, but as women as a whole. By making sure that my staff have the love and support they need, it gives them strength to pour into our clients and make sure that our clients get the services, love, and support that they need.”
Aleshia is excited about more hospitals in Mississippi joining the Baby-Friendly pathway, and says it has given her WIC breastfeeding team “a fresh role” with local hospitals in their area. She says they now have the opportunity to serve as a resource on local hospitals’ Baby-Friendly taskforces, to work “side-by-side” in helping these hospitals become Baby-Friendly, and to educate WIC clients about the positive changes they can anticipate at hospitals when they deliver.
As with many of our CHAMPions, Aleshia’s personal experiences, although difficult, have motivated her to do breastfeeding work. Aleshia shares that her son is a twin, and that his brother passed away 16 days after she delivered them due to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). While Aleshia did partially breastfeed her sons, she says she did not know the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding at the time. She openly shares, “Had I been more educated about the subject and the benefits of breast milk and NEC, my outcome might have been different. So I use this as an opportunity to help other moms get it right from the beginning.”
Thank you for sharing your experiences, Aleshia, and for making a difference in the lives of so many!