Breastfeeding seminars

Meriden WIC welcomes a new counselor for breastfeeding mothers

MERIDEN – Yamayra Rivera was a registered nurse in Puerto Rico before moving to Meriden.

Navigating the world of breastfeeding on her own has given the mother of four experiences and tools she can share with other mothers in her new position as a lactation consultant in the Women, Infants and Children’s Office. in Meriden.

Dana Lamontagne, nutritionist and breastfeeding coordinator for WIC in Meriden, said the goal was to hire someone with similar experiences to the mothers in the program to help them with their challenges and achieve their goals. The position is new to the Meriden office, but has been used in other state offices.

The goal is for moms to enroll while pregnant and for Rivera to meet with them at least once every trimester. She will also speak with clients between appointments as needed and continue to counsel women after their baby is born.

They will also be able to reach Rivera by cell phone.

“Whether it’s a text or a quick phone call to let them know you’re thinking of them, that’s really what these mothers need, especially after they’ve had their baby and they’re are too tired and they’re overwhelmed, so it’s exciting because she will have these tools,” said Shelley Carpenter, Meriden WIC Coordinator.

The office was looking for a bilingual peer counselor because of the city’s large Spanish-speaking population, Carpenter said.

Rivera, who moved to Meriden nine years ago and has been a stay-at-home mom for the past few years, called the new job a “great opportunity”.

“I am so happy to serve the community,” she says.

One of its goals is to encourage all pregnant women to consider breastfeeding.

“Yamayra, she has such a great personality, she’s so warm and caring and I think she’s a good listener,” Carpenter said. “That’s what these new moms need.”

Carpenter explained that breastfeeding has many benefits, including nutrition and cost effectiveness.

Undocumented mothers are encouraged to participate in WIC programs. Carpenter noted that participation in the programs will not affect anyone’s immigration status.

WIC also offers other resources such as father support, educational videos and support groups.

For more information about WIC in Meriden, visit or call 203-630-4245.

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