National WIC Association

2018 Black Breastfeeding Week Event

August 30, 2018



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Overview

To mark Black Breastfeeding Week, NWA has partnered with DC WIC to host an event on Thursday, August 30 from 5 to 7 pm at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032.

The event will include a panel discussion with experts, networking with local groups and resources, and a celebration of black breastfeeding. Panelists include:

  • Christi Dorsey, MA, RDN, WIC Director, DC WIC
  • Kayla Alexandria, Lifestyle Blogger and On-Air Talent, Moments N Melanin
  • Isreal Jean Holland, Founder, BreastfeedingInColor
  • Nikia Fuller-Sankofa, MPH, MPA, Breastfeeding Project Director, NACCHO
  • Dr. Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Children’s National Medical Center

August is a pivotal month for breastfeeding recognition. World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month, and Black Breastfeeding Week all bring much needed attention to the health, financial, and societal benefits of breastfeeding. Due to racial and health disparities, breastfeeding rates among black women are much lower than breastfeeding rates among white women. Low breastfeeding rates and higher maternal and infant mortality rates in the black community emphasize the need to celebrate black women, black mothers, their children, and all who support them.

Attendees will learn about the Black breastfeeding experience firsthand, hear tips and advice from experts, have the ability to ask questions to the panelists, and receive educational materials.

To RSVP as an attendee, click here.

See the flier for the event, and feel free to promote this event within your own networks. Reach out to Natalie Mulloy at nmulloy@nwica.org if you have any questions.

 

If you’re not able to come, why not host a Black Breastfeeding Week event of your own?