Who encourages you? Saying ‘Goodbye’ to a Black Breastfeeding Shero!

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I gave a 1-hour presentation on Black breastfeeding to about 160 students in an intro to medical anthropology course on Tuesday. The day before that, I received heartbreaking news that the founder of the Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition, Terry Curtis, had transitioned in her sleep just the day before. If Terry were some celebrity or movie or pop star, […]

Inequity in Breastfeeding Support Summit Registration Now Open!

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Registration is live for the breastfeeding summit, focusing on ‘The impact of institutional racism, power and white privilege on breastfeeding rates and maternal-infant health.’ This summit is happening on June 21-22, 2013, at the Brockey Conference Center South Seattle Community College in Seattle, WA, and is ‘A collaboration of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, Mahogany […]

I just became a member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing

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I just became a member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)! ICTC was founded by Shafia Monroe, and is a ‘infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion, midwife and doula training non-profit organization,’ that aims to increase the amount of midwives of color, and is based in nearby Portland, OR. Lately, I have been interested in learning more […]

Breastfeeding and Anti-Racism? Yes, please!

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I just joined an anti-racism committee, organized by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. I was sent some information along with an invitation to join this group, whose primary goal is to “Learn about and look at how privilege and institutionalized racism impact breastfeeding promotion, support in hospitals, primary care, worksites and within our own coalition, […]

Who has two thumbs, became a member of another coalition and is going to Atlanta, Georgia to give a workshop on ending breastfeeding disparities among Black women?

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Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), has coordinated an event aimed at ending breastfeeding disparities among Black women, in a conference called Reclaiming Our Breastfeeding Experience, and I am excited about this for a number of reasons. The coalition, whose founder Kim Bugg just made me a member, has a vision to “Empower African American women to embrace breastfeeding […]

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington: I’m In!

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I met with a representative from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (BCW) yesterday! Finally! I say finally because we’ve been trying to meet for months, without success. So this was a great transition directly after the Target nurse-in, and over a hot cup of tea, discussed the coalition, public health, advocacy, and other topics. And I love the […]

Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition: My First Breastfeeding Coalition

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Last Thursday, I was made a member of the Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition, and I am ecstatic! This is the first breastfeeding coalition for me. Actually, this is the first coalition I’ve ever been a part of  in any area, so it makes it all the more exciting! The Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition is the only Black […]