The Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities global Board is a working Board, and members devote their time to this work. We welcome recommendations for Board members who can provide time and energy to this exciting project.
Saisahana is a third year undergraduate student at Duke University studying a self-designed major titled “Global Women’s Health in Asia: Culture, History, and Power.” Her academic and personal passion manifests in her interdisciplinary experience with global determinants of women’s health outcomes. She hopes to become a women’s health provider in the future!
Shawna is a doctoral student in the College of Education at NC State University with over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, working with children (birth to 12 years old), their families, and educators in a variety of roles. In the last 10 years, she has focused on coaching, mentoring, and supporting pre-service and in-service Early Childhood educators in all areas related to classroom management, child development, and professional development.
Her passion for breastfeeding equity stems from her own experiences after the birth of her son in 2003. She has been an active advocate for both healthcare & lactation support access and parent education in Early Childhood centers through statewide child care provider training and technical assistance as well as the local and statewide Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designations.
Love’s role as a parent of two high-spirited boys inspires shapes and informs her advocacy efforts. Her professional background is in the areas of system analytics, physics, and education. After starting to breastfeed her two children with special needs, she began volunteering in the field of lactation support, universal access, and community support.
With a focus on the intersection of race equity and inclusive design, over the past few years she had the opportunity to view community breastfeeding support from two different perspectives as the director of a volunteer driven breastfeeding advocacy group, Breastfeed Durham, and working as a Community Health Worker for the Durham County Health Department. Love is now transitioning her focus to statewide and national first food equity projects. Believing that the creation of a breastfeeding family friendly community can start to ameliorate inequities, she works to promote avenues of support for human milk feeding families, as well as advocates for policies that protect families rights, in order that each family may meet their own personal goals.
Kathleen began working with the BFFC initiative while at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was delighted to be a part of the development team for the pilot in her local community and continued to work with BFFC after retirement.
A background in teaching and early intervention has given Kathleen the opportunity to provide resources on optimal infant development to families and communities for over 25 years. She also has continued to advocate for policies and practices that support children and their families. Kathleen’s love for breast/chestfeeding and her understanding of its vital role in a child’s development began as a nursing parent, and her work in early intervention has given Kathleen a deeper appreciation of the importance of equity in breast/chestfeeding promotion, protection, and support. Kathleen firmly believes that our communities play a pivotal role in improving the health and well-being of children and families by welcoming nursing families to feed their children safely and happily in all areas of community life.
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