Communities

A Global Criteria to Support Family Friendly Communities

Community. It’s where we live, work, and play. We connect with others in the community. Community is at the heart of the services, resources, and support systems for breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families, and the importance of a welcoming community cannot be overstated for a family to meet its infant feeding goals. Breastfeeding …

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The Marketing of Infant Feeding

May 2022 has been a heartbreakingly difficult month for families, straining the very health and well-being, the sense of confidence and safety of families throughout the country from grieving the loss of so many children to fearing that children will not be fed due to the continued infant formula shortage. Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities and community partners …

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Black History Month 2022: Black Health and Wellness

It is February, Black History Month. This month has provided a much-needed catalyst for recognizing, revealing, and bringing to light the contributions of Black creators, educators, scientists, merchants, farmers, craftspeople, artists and musicians, legislators, healthcare providers, and so many more. These contributions have made indelible, enriching imprints, and often whole designs, on the fabric of …

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Moving Through Challenges

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, implementation team members from our Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities were approached for insights into the challenges and celebrations, the current tasks and goals, that are a part of building a welcoming, equitable community for breast/chestfeeding families.

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Let’s Celebrate!

The final question in this four-part series focuses on celebrations. Sometimes it is too easy to only see the work ahead or the work undone. This question provided an opportunity to reflect on all the work already completed and how our communities are carrying on and working through challenges and lessons learned. 

Maternal Mental Health Awareness: More Than Just a Month

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month is quickly coming to a close. As I was cleaning up the emails in my inbox, I noticed a reminder email from Moms Rising to read their May call-to-action blogpost on supporting new moms. Seeing that email reminded me that, even though the month is almost over, the work to …

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Asian and Pacific Islander Equity

Photo from “Elisabeth Millay/BreastfeedLA and API Breastfeeding Task Force” The murders in March of eight individuals in Atlanta, including six Asian and Asian American women, weighs heavily on Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities (BFFC). We are communities committed to equity and a family-friendly environment. These attacks come amidst a disturbing nationwide rise in violence and discrimination …

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Collective Impact Webinar Series Begins March 31st

Nurture, #RVAbreastfeeds, CINCH, and #757Breastfeeds are launching the Collective Impact Capacity Building Webinars Series for maternal health and breastfeeding stakeholders in Richmond and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The series starts on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and continues every other Wednesday for four sessions. March 31st – Building Community Capacity for Collective Impact April 14th – Collective Impact: The …

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