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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Celebrating Native Breastfeeding Week!

National Breastfeeding Month 2020 continues in the US!  This week, from Sunday, August 9, to Saturday, August 15, breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding is celebrated as part of Native Breastfeeding Week – #StrongResilientLatched.  On the Native Breastfeeding Week Facebook page, we are reminded that this week addresses “the inequity and injustice of Indigenous parents …

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Celebrating Breastfeeding 2020!

This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).  WBW has been celebrated the first week of August every year since 1992 to commemorate the 1990 Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding.1 Beyond celebrations, WBW is a week dedicated to increasing awareness about and advocacy for the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.  The …

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Q&A: Statements of Support from the Health Department and Local Government

Getting started on a project can be the hardest part. We are reminded of that in the Chinese proverb: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  The good news is that completing the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities (BFFC) designation will not take a thousand miles! The journey does involve completing Ten …

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Urban Design Meets Breastfeeding Communities

Breastfeeding Saves Lives! It is critical for the optimal health and development of infants. Breastfeeding reduces an infant’s risk of childhood illness, such as obesity, diabetes, ear infections, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Breastfeeding also is associated with a reduced risk of maternal breast and ovarian cancers and a faster recovery from childbirth as compared to formula …

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Proclamation-Durham County

On Monday, April 13, 2020, the Durham Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Durham County a BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY FAMILY COMMUNITY! In this post-COVID world, we viewed the meeting on the Durham Television Network (DTN) Channel 8, via YouTube at www.youtube.com/DCoWebmaster, or via the DCo website https://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/commissioner-meetings/bocc-live-archived-media-library. PROCLAMATION – BREASTFEEDING FAMILY FRIENDLY COMMUNITY WHEREAS, families are a priority in Durham, and part of helping …

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Carrboro Mayor is smiling and shaking hands with a breastfeeding family friendly communities supporter while another support holds the proclamation and looks on.

Proclamation – Carrboro

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Carrboro also continued its commitment to Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities by proclaiming Carrboro to be a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. Two representatives of the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities initiative received the proclamation from Carrboro Mayor, Lydia Lavelle!