National WIC Association

National Breastfeeding Month Panel Discussions Wrap Up

September 22, 2022


For National Breastfeeding Month 2022, NWA along with 1000 Days held a series of live panel discussions to raise awareness and uplift the voices of experts in the Native, AANHPI, and Black Breastfeeding communities! Keep reading for quotes, highlights, and links to watch the recordings!


Native Breastfeeding Panel

The first discussion in our series for Indigenous Milk Medicine Week featured, Stephanne Rupnicki, PBPN Breastfeeding Coalition Leader & Co-Founder, Cheri Nemec, Program Director of Native Breastfeeding of Wisconsin, and Daili Lister Admin Assistant/Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Navajo Breastfeeding Coalition This panel of experts touched on topics from history and visibility of Native breastfeeding to cultural values of breastfeeding in Native communities. Listen to their full conversation below!


AANHPI Breastfeeding Panel

For Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Breastfeeding Week, NWA Senior Manager of Public Health Nutrition, Darlena Birch moderated a discussion with Pauline Sakamoto, Co-Founder of the AANHPI Lactation Collaborative for California and Wendy Fung, Breastfeeding Services Manager & Regional Breastfeeding Liaison for PHFE WIC. Wendy and Pauline offered insights into the cultural similarities and differences within AANHPI communities, something, the needs of moms in AANHPI communities, and much more! Watch the full recording below!


Black Breastfeeding Panel

The last discussion in our series centered Black Breastfeeding moderated by NWA Health Equity & Community Partnerships Manager Stacy Davis and featuring Program Director, Clinical Instructor, and Researcher, Janiya Williams and Director of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Andra Serano! This discussion included information on access to breastfeeding education, actions for racial equity, and cultural responsiveness in healthcare! Find the full discussion below!