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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 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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Community Transforming ROSEs provide peer breastfeeding support

February 12, 2015
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) is a member network that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE...
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Doula trainings creating a united front of support for infant feeding

February 12, 2015
Tell us about Ancient Song Doula Services (ASDS) and how it began. Ancient Song Doula Services began the Fall of 2008 after the birth of my first child at home with a midwife and a doula. In my own journey I realized that there wasn't enough information or services around primarily focused on women...
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Help Each Enrollee Find the Health Plan That Best Meets Her or His Needs

February 9, 2015
When shopping for a plan, a few questions to ask include: How much health care do I need? Do you expect to visit a doctor often? Is my preferred brand of birth control covered? How important is it to me to see my current doctor? Am I expecting any major life events in the coming year?
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Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

February 6, 2015
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To...
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