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Breastfeeding is Not a Private Issue

February 13, 2015
My name is Rosetta M. Walls and I’m a former Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with HealthConnect One . I inadvertently became a counselor by taking the class to find out how to get my “Boob-Head” son off my breast. He was a little over one years old and I was totally exhausted from nursing. Amazingly, by the time I completed this class and bonded with those wonderful mothers, I nursed him till two-and-half years old. It’s funny how you seek out something to end a journey only to discover another one that’s been awaiting you to embrace it. I knew this was the direction I was to undertake because I...
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View From A Rack, a talk show on breastfeeding

February 12, 2015
Tell us about View From A Rack and how it began. Moon : I started View From A Rack because countless women have numerous questions about breastfeeding and mothering and there was really no one to ask. A lot of women reached out to me and needed to have someone they could trust to show them they are capable of so much more than they ever knew possible. So I said let’s do a show where all the scores of questions mothers had could be answered on a weekly basis. Rebecca : In April 2014, Moon contacted me to ask if I would like to be a co-host with her on View From A Rack . I happily accepted...
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Table for Two pushes for public lactation spaces

February 11, 2015
Tell us about Table for Two and how it began. Table for Two (TFT) is a community organization that seeks to establish public lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. We provide grassroots and real-world approaches to building global breastfeeding acceptance. The signature TFT campaign asks the important question, " You wouldn't eat in the bathroom, so why would you expect you expect a baby to?" was created by co-founders Sojourner Marable Grimmett and Monica Lindsey Ponder in 2011. Tell us about an experience you've had that conveys the importance of Table for Two. In public locations...
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Sherry Payne leads with a village of perinatal health support in Kansas City

February 12, 2015
Tell us about your work and how it began. I founded Uzazi Village in 2012 after a career as a labor and delivery nurse, and later as faculty teaching maternal infant health. I wanted to have a more direct impact on perinatal (pregnancy-related) health outcomes in my community. I wrote a curriculum to train doulas, started training women from the community, and things took off from there. In two years, we’ve trained almost 40 community women to be doulas, educated countless health care providers (nurses, midwives, and physicians) on the impact of healthcare inequities on the Black community...
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#BlkBFing Next Door: Local changemakers in the African-American breastfeeding movement shine for Black History Month

February 12, 2015
The changemakers featured in this blog carnival are creating a national groundswell for breastfeeding by leading from within their communities and affirming Black families with skill, training, socio-cultural relevance and collaboration.
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The Facebook page that proved black women do breastfeed

February 12, 2015
Tell us about Black Women Do Breastfeed (BWDBF) and how it began. When I had my first child in 2009, I used to turn to the internet to find breastfeeding information and community with other breastfeeding moms. I quickly noticed that there were not many images or stories of modern Black breastfeeding women circulating online. There were a few Black women bloggers discussing breastfeeding among Black women but overall our stories tended to be absent unless they highlighted the racial disparities in US breastfeeding rates. The dominant narrative about Black women and breastfeeding was about how...

Breastfeeding Perspective from Chicago

February 12, 2015
I have been doing this work for a number of years and I truly feel that this is my calling. I started as a young mother, with minimal support. I gained interest when I saw other mothers like me, striving to be good parents. I initially started as an outreach worker, promoting Healthy Start, encouraging mothers to get prenatal care early on, and passing out fliers for free pregnancy tests at local health centers. While this allowed me to help, I didn’t feel as if I was helping enough. Soon, I became a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. I worked and volunteered at various places as a Breastfeeding...
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Oakland's Breastfeeding MAFIA is for support and encouragement

February 12, 2015
Tell us about Breastfeeding MAFIA and how it began. The Breastfeeding M.A.F.I.A (Mothers Against Feeding Infants Artificially) is an organization that was developed in 2008 by a small group of Black peer counselors, Brandi Gates, Allana Samuel, and Djuna Blackmon, looking for a way to provide support and social outlets for exclusively breastfeeding moms without having to deal with the sabotage and politics of our social atmosphere. The Breastfeeding M.A.F.I.A’s goal is to encourage, promote, and support pregnant and lactating women of color who chose to exclusively breastfeed their babies for...
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Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) fulfilling its name in breastfeeding support

February 12, 2015
I still remember the first time I heard about ROSE. I was attending a United States Breastfeeding Committee meeting and several people asked me if I had received a call from Kim Bugg about getting involved with ROSE. At the time, I had no idea who Kim Bugg was and the only roses I’d heard of were a coworker, a distant relative and a flower. When I heard that an organization called ROSE was forming, I must admit that my interest was piqued when I heard that the name was an acronym for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and that the group was dedicated to addressing racial inequities in...
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BMBFA reveals "You Don't Know My Story"

February 12, 2015
While data is significant and valued, we also believe that it is important to listen to people's stories. True change occurs with valued relationships, trust and connectedness. Here at BMBFA, we believe in connecting with families on an intimate level. We also try to share our stories through images, blogs and videos. You can support our work by sharing our message widely in your personal and web-based networks. It is our hope that other black women will see these messages and not feel isolated or alone in their experiences but realize that there is a community of support available to help...
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