National Minority Health Month – Awareness and Equity

April is National Minority Health Month in the United States. This year, the focus is on the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme #VaccineReady. The COVID-19 health crisis has brought into stark relief the extent and enormity of the inequities in health care for underrepresented families, racial and ethnic minority families, Black and Brown families in …

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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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Richmond VA has been proclaimed a “Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community!”

On August 26th, 2020, during Black Breastfeeding Week, the Mayor of Richmond VA proclaimed the City of Richmond as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community.  The city is committed to supporting breastfeeding families and working towards the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community designation.  In a Facebook post to announce the proclamation, Mayor Levar Stoney stated: This week …

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Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week 2020!

It is Week 4 of National Breastfeeding Month 2020 in the US, a month-long breastfeeding awareness event.  And the month culminates in Black Breastfeeding Week 2020.  Revive. Restore. Reclaim! For eight years now, during the final seven days of National Breastfeeding Month, Black Breastfeeding Week has been celebrating Black breastfeeding families and bringing focused awareness …

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Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCFE)

National Breastfeeding Month 2020 continues with a focus this week on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCFE). Communities experience emergencies, both natural and man-made, that impact important services, e.g., reliable electrical service, safe and clean water, access to community services.  Communities now also are faced with responding to emergencies in the context of …

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