Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham is a health equity advocacy group. It is our hope that every family in Durham understands the benefits of breastfeeding, and then makes educated and informed decisions that are right for each family. We celebrate every amount of breastmilk whether received by breast/chest, given by bottle, or provided by another method (supplemental nursing system, syringe, spoon, gastrostomy tube, Haberman Feeder). Though our focus is breast/chest/human milk feeding, Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities strives to support all Durham families, including families that use formula (whether planned or not planned). We are working to be sensitive to every family’s trials, tribulations, pain, exhaustion, needs and challenge. There is a great deal of work to be done in Durham before all families will have equitable access to healthcare, breastfeeding support resources, and education. Our definition of breastfeeding “success” is defined by each family’s individual needs and by each family’s individual desires.
Our purpose is to make Durham a more breastfeeding and family friendly community for all by advocating for nursing-friendly policies and practices as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
We recognize that breastfeeding is the “great equalizer,” as JP Grant expressed during his tenure as UNICEF executive director, as it impacts health equity outcomes at all stages of life. Believing that the creation of a breastfeeding family friendly community can ameliorate those inequities, we seek to provide access to support for all families in the Durham community, as well to as advocate for policies that protect nursing families’ rights, in order that they may meet their own personal breastfeeding goals.
With your help, Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham is making changes. We will encourage families to hold healthcare providers accountable for top quality health care, help families find excellent prenatal care, and teach every family in Durham why breastfeeding matters. We will support statewide and international efforts for paid family leave, and teach employers how to encourage and support breastfeeding families. We will help families find childcare providers that understand breastfeeding. We will support local markets that sell healthful food, encourage businesses to fill food deserts, and support the city and county in making beneficial changes for all. By the time our grandchildren are born, every family that wants to breastfeed will be able to breastfeed for as long as that family chooses.
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