Decolonizing Breastfeeding in Communities of Color

I’ve had a number of folks contact me regarding the Decolonizing Breastfeeding in Communities of Color webinar I gave a number of months ago — so, I’m giving it again. I’ve added a bit of information from the last one, if you attended that, so it will be more exciting, of course while remaining situated in anti racist and anti-colonial ideas and concepts that center POC. Here’s what it’ll be about:

In the past several years, there have been great efforts on the part of individuals, groups, organizations and government agencies to show the benefits of human breastmilk. Much of these endeavors stem from emerging empirical and scientific data that highlights the importance of human milk that calls for community action and activism to counter illness and disease that stem from a lack of breastfeeding. Local and national advocates place large and important emphases on these areas and frequently adhere to the mandates set forth by the overarching medical establishment. This has been the conversation over the past number of decades.

But what does it mean that much of the information we receive about breastfeeding comes from mainstream white, male and female-dominated health systems that has historically been built upon ‘othering’ those outside of these identities? In the age of IBCLCs, professional services and various emerging credentials that promote practical breastfeeding mechanics along with mother-infant bonding and other benefits, does it matter that much of this discourse originates from within the United States that does not always discuss the nuances of those outside mainstream avenues?

In this webinar, we will take a look at this form of breastmilk promotion, and gauge how Communities of Color are impacted. We will highlight different ways we adhere to an overarching social structure of breastfeeding and also work together to learn and understand the challenges and benefits of using varied avenues and legacies from within and outside of our communities to support the breastfeeding tradition.

Facilitated by: Acquanda Stanford, PhC
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Where: Online (Google Hangouts). You’ll receive an invitation within 72 hours of payment.
Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm PST
90 minutes total; 45 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes Q&A and dialogue. This involves back and forth conversations between host and participants. This means that in addition to participants asking me questions, I will also draw on your thoughts and ask you questions, in order to create a critically engaging reciprocal learning environment and moving the conversation along.
Cost: $35.00 USD per person ♦ Submit payment via  paypal here: paypal.me/AYStanford/35. If you would like to pay via a different method, then just contact me.

System Requirements:
  • Platform: Online, Google Hangouts
  • A computer monitor and speakers, or a compatible device such as an iPhone, tablet or another supported device. Note that in some instances you may need to download an app, if you are using a phone
  • High speed internet connection

As always, space is limited: crowds that are too large can hinder an endeavor for a critically-engaging environment. Because my favorite webinar platform is no longer in operation, we will be convening via Google Hangout (this also means that there should be no problems accessing this webinar, at all). Within 48 hours of receiving your payment you will receive an invite — make sure you check your spam box. All you need to do is follow the link you receive and join the conversation on the stated day and time, where you will be able to see the broadcast. If you have any questions, just ask.

Note: Since a certain number of registrants are anticipated once payment is made, any cancellations or no-shows by you will result in your payment being counted as a donation. There are no refunds unless this presentation is canceled by the facilitator.

About Acquanda: Acquanda is a critical decolonial Black feminist anthropologist, Certified Lactation Educator, and a doula. She is a PhD Candidate of sociocultural anthropology and holds a masters in anthropology, bachelor’s in anthropology – and even her two-year Associate’s degree from community college focused on anthropology. Acquanda’s political and academic work highlights Black feminist theories as well as theories of race and gender relations, and highlights the holistic aspects of breastfeeding among Black and African Americans in the United States, with a focus on the state of Mississippi and a concentration in the Delta. She is a community organizer, founder and Head Negress in Charge of the Seattle/Black Feminist Library.