Uncovering Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy in Professional Breastfeeding Services: The Greater Complexities of IBCLCs

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Below is a paper that I just turned in and filed with my department. I had to submit a ‘research competency’ paper as part of the requirements for my graduate program for the MA (think thesis), and chose to extend the conversation I started about my views on IBCLCs, who I think are very problematic […]

Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula? — A Webinar (Video)

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There was such a large response to an article I wrote previously about International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and why, even though many breastfeeding advocates have been proponents of more professionalism believing this increase may work to make breastfeeding a normal biological and social process and increase the amount of women who initiate and sustain it, I believe IBCLCs, although […]

Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula? — A Webinar (Video)

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There was such a large response to an article I wrote previously about International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and why, even though many breastfeeding advocates have been proponents of more professionalism believing this increase may work to make breastfeeding a normal biological and social process and increase the amount of women who initiate and sustain it, I believe IBCLCs, although […]

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

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Coalitions/Organizations, IBCLC, MISSISSIPPI, public speaking, Uncategorized

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, […]

Are IBCLCs The ‘New’ Infant Formula?: A look at biopower, global sovereignty and the Proliferation of Breastfeeding Professionals

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[Update]: This conversation on the complications that I believe stem from this new-found establishment, as well as some thoughts on forging more justice in this area, will be examined in greater detail in my upcoming webinar of the same title, happening at the end of August, 2014!  The sections in this post are various short excerpts from a essay I wrote in an anthropology theory […]

I took my children to the lake. . And I Left with an #IBCLC And Goat Milk! #TrueStory

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  If you noticed that I added a new page to this blog — Painted Sky Soap — it is because as of recently I became an independent representative for this small company, and so I’ll tell you why I’m excited about it, and why I believe this may be another important component of the work I do […]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Acquanda + Women’s History Month + Wombanist Views Radio

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If you missed the Wombanist Views Radio Show today, I’ve embedded it below. How awesome it was to be invited to be a guest during Women’s History Month, to discuss the “efforts in breastfeeding advocacy and the cultural implications and why it is an important health concern.” Whenever I’m involved in any type of public […]

Black Lactation Consultants DO Exist! In Washington State!

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Some time ago — about a year, at least, when I first contacted breastfeeding coalitions here about Black breastfeeding advocacy, I was told by one of the managers that she couldn’t think of any Black IBCLCs in the area — or in the entire state — of Washington. I have written about this before and […]

PEBL Courses at Bastyr University

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The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations — formerly Seattle School of Midwifery, offers PEBL (Professional Education in Breastfeeding and Lactation) courses, which are taught by Certified Lactation Consultants, gives you credit towards that same goal — the first 45 hours, and after the 5-day successful completion of the course a Certified Lactation Educator certificate.I had […]