Diversity in Lactation Sponsorship
Due to Covid-19, like many other things, what was supposed to be our second annual Black Breastfeeding Week event was canceled. Our commitment to the Black community and bringing equality into breastfeeding still remains. In lieu of a one day event, the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition is instead creating a brand new program to increase diversity within the field of lactation support in Northern Nevada!
The Coalition is inviting all women over the age of 18 to apply for a sponsorship to become peer educators for a new "BIPOC Mother's (virtual) Support Group." Our second training will take place this May over two Saturdays (5/15 & 5/22) and will be taught by Brittni Lents, IBCLC. In addition to covering breastfeeding basics, Brittni will also be touching on some topics specific to the Black community, including racial disparities within the health care system, the history of Black breastfeeding within the US and the "why's" of the importance of breastfeeding within the Black community.
Attendees of the May training will be welcomed into our current group of supporters. Our group is currently meeting every other Sunday at 5. The group is for moms from the prenatal stage to toddlerhood with the goal of welcoming people with all racial and ethnic backgrounds. While the NNBC promotes and supports the existing breastfeeding and new-parent support groups within the community, we acknowledge the need for representation and we hope that this group will create a safe place to discuss topics specific to BIPOC-Parenthood. Additionally, the virtual support groups will be inclusive to all mothers, despite feeding choices.
To apply for a spot in the May training, click here.