Communities

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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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Equity in the IBCLC Credential

Lactation support providers from Durham, Orange, Chatham, and Wake Counties in North Carolina recently met to discuss the landscape of lactation support in our communities, especially the gaps in care toward race equity, language equity, gender equity, and universal access.  One important outcome of that discussion was a letter regarding an open International Board Certified …

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Hillsborough, North Carolina, proclaimed a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community

On February 8th, 2021, Jenn Weaver, the Mayor of Hillsborough NC, proclaimed the Town of Hillsborough as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community.  The town is committed to supporting breast/chest/human milk feeding families and working towards the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community designation.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, American College of Obstetrics …

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#RVAbreastfeeds

We are excited to share an invitation from #RVAbreastfeeds, an enthusiastic Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community (BFFC) team in Richmond, Virginia, that is moving its community towards the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities designation. Do you live or work or spend time in the Richmond, Virginia, area and want to learn more about this important initiative to …

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