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Just when you thought the breastfeeding festivities were winding down, Black Breastfeeding Week is turning it up!

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This National Breastfeeding Month is going out with a bang as we launch the First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week going from Sunday August 25th-31st. In response to a piece by journalist and breastfeeding advocate Kimberly Seals Allers on the need for more diverse leadership in the national conversation of breastfeeding promotion, a group of advocates are rolling up their sleeves to get busy. One major aim of Black Breastfeeding Week is to position the conversation on breastfeeding within the black community as part of other parenting topics, like education, healthy living and dealing with issues of race.

In light of recent issues ranging from disappointment at the Zimmerman verdict to the major blow to the Voting Rights Act, the theme of this year is Black Lives Matter. There are multiple ways for breastfeeding families and supporters to join the action - or even create your own in support.

Monday: Share these memes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr

Tag and share with the breastfeeding families you know to celebrate them and help spread the word about Black Breastfeeding Week.

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Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 PM ET: Black Lives Matter Panel, Detroit, MI

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association will host a panel discussion featuring representatives from Daphane's Dove Foundation, Wayne Children's Healthcare Access Program, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Sacred Rose Birthing. RSVP by calling 313.343.6838.

Tuesday, 9 PM ET: "So, You Wanna Breastfeed" on Black Breastfeeding Week Live

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Are you a mom with questions about nursing, milk supply, pumping, etc.? Dalvery Blackwell, IBCLC co-founder of the African-American Breastfeeding Network is leading a live info session at It’s free and anyone can join online. Tell a friend!

Thursday, 9 PM ET: #BlackLivesMatter Tweetchat
We’re opening up the conversation discuss the larger climate that African-American parents face in their parenting. Special guests will include award winning bloggers and authors Denene Millner ( Kimberly Seals Allers (MochaManual), and Lamar Tyler (BlackandMarrriedwithKids), author and filmmaker dream hampton, breastfeeding advocate Jeanine Valrie  and illustrator V. Kuroji Patrick.

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