Providing breastfeeding support in a variety of ways...

Who is a WIC Peer Counselor?

WIC breastfeeding peer counselors are moms who have breastfed their babies.  They live and work in your community.  Peer counselors have been trained in breastfeeding support, so they can provide information and suggestions that have been proven to work for many mothers and babies.

What does a Wake County WIC Peer Counselor Do?

  • Gives basic breastfeeding information
  • Contacts moms during pregnancy and the early days of breastfeeding by telephone, with home visits, or at four of Wake County WIC’s clinics.
  • Follows up with moms until they wean their babies
  • Refers moms to healthcare providers as needed 

How can a WIC Peer Counselor Help?

They can help you:
  • Get a good start breastfeeding your baby
  • Know how to make plenty of milk for your baby
  • Learn how to breastfeed when you are in public
  • Keep breastfeeding when you go back to work or school
  • Get support from your family and friends
  • Deal with your breastfeeding concerns
  • Find answers to your breastfeeding questions 

How Can You Get Peer Counselor Support?

Call the WIC Breastfeeding Warmline: 919-250-4720 and select option 6 to leave a message requesting information or support.  A breastfeeding peer counselor will return your call within one business day.
  • The peer counselor  can:
    • Answer questions and provide information over the phone (for any mother, whether or not she receives WIC)
    • Help arrange a home visit or clinic visit for WIC mothers and babies

Meet the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors of Wake County WIC:

10 Sunnybrook Site (Raleigh)


Veronica Becerra

  • Clinic support
  • Telephone support
Katie Furnas
  • Telephone warmline support
  • Prenatal contacts
Carmen Larson
  • In-home support visits
  • Spanish speaking clients
  • Northern and Eastern Wake County
Mercedes Ortiz
  • In-home support visits
  • Spanish speaking clients
  • Southern and Western Wake County
Eastern Regional Center (Zebulon):
Blanca Brito
  • Clinic support
  • Telephone support
Northern Regional Center (Wake Forest): 
    Daisy Nicolella
    • Clinic support
    • Telephone support


    Southern Regional Center (Fuquay-Varina):
    Norma Palma
    • Clinic support
    • Telephone support