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, in particular exclusive breastfeeding, is the “great equalizer” as JP Grant expressed during his tenure as UNICEF executive director, impacting 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 as advocate for policies that protect nursing mothers’ 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 women 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 mothers. 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 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. No more shame, no more guilt, but rather educated and supported choices that are not undermined.